There were letters on 4 October and 9 December 1902 to Hanwell council from Carnegie, making an offer of £2,500. This was later confirmed to mean that it could be spent on the building and necessary furniture, such as book cases. However, in June 1903 it was said that the library was not to be part of another building, but could be on the same site.
On 29 September 1903, James Bertram, Carnegie’s private secretary, confirmed that the grant was increased to £3000.
The foundation stone was laid by the Countess of Jersey, 26 November 1904. The library was designed by T Gibbs Thomas, and Messrs Sims and Woods of Grey’s End Road were the builders.
The first librarian was Franck Pocock, for a salary of £80 a year. Open access was not adopted until 1919.
The library was closed for a £900,000 refurbishment in 2012 and reopened in 2013.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Ealing council (2016)
- Year grant given (if known): 1903
- Amount of grant: £3,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 27 September 1908, by Sir Clifton Robinson JP. (Managing Director of the London United Electric Tramways Company)
Photo of library today (2009):
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Yes, in 2009.
- A brief history of Hanwell library
- Article on when the library was ‘put to sleep’ in 2012 for refurbishment