Clapton library

Brief description

One of the 3 libraries in Hackney designed by Edwin Cooper (the other 2 are Homerton, and Dalston library (demolished). Described in the listing as being in a ‘restrained classical’ style. Built by F J Gorham. The foundation stone was laid on 17 May 1913, by the Mayor, Councillor Henry E Davenport JP.

Shepheard Epstein Hunter (who also worked on the Carnegie library in Enfield)  was commissioned to design an extension and restore the original fabric, and the newly extended library reopened in 2010..

Awarded Grade II listing in 2003.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Hackney council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 17 January 1914 by Councillor Charles Winkley, JP and (new) Mayor.

Photo of library today (2009):


When I visited, the library was mid way through its refurbishment, so my photo shows more scaffolding than library…… must go back now it has reopened.


Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Yes, but see above…..

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