Dartford library

Brief description

It was designed by Thomas E. Tiffin AMICE, the then Dartford Urban District Council Surveyor, and built by  Messrs H. Friday and Sons and Ling, using Portland and York stone. The library was extended in 1937, in the same style as the original.

The Carnegie UK Trust gave an additional £450 for books in 1933 – a different tack to the original grant which was specifically for the building – councils had to furnish and supply with books themselves.

Re-opened in November 2016 after a £650,000 refurbishment (link to news item with photos below).

Awarded Grade II listing in 1975.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Kent County Council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known): Between 1912-14
  • Amount of grant: £7,400
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1 January 1916, by  A. W. Smale, Chairman of the Dartford Urban District Council, and W. A. Ward, the Chairman of the Library Committee.

Photo of library today (2008):


Old photo of library (postcard):



Yes, in 2008

Web links:

With thanks to Christoph Bull, a Kent historian who provided additional facts for this entry. He was also District Manager of Dartford library 2009-2013.

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