Irchester library

Brief description

The article linked below contains an anecdote from Bunty Garland – Irchester resident. Apparently “Carnegie was a regular visitor to her grandparents’ house in the neighbouring town of Rushden, where he would buy hides from her grandfather’s cattle farm. He would stay overnight after visiting the chapel, where he is believed to have occasionally preached. In 1904, Mrs Garland’s grandparents persuaded Carnegie to donate £1,200 to the Parish Council on the proviso that the land for the library be donated so that the cost would not be a burden upon the penny rate. Lady Wantage, who owned most of the village at the time, donated the current site on the village high street.”

On the 100th birthday of the library, the community reenacted the opening ceremony

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by the new Wellbeing CIC, on bhalf of Northamptonshire County Council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £1,200
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 20 November 1909, by by the Hon Sir Edward Chandos Leigh and Lady Leigh, who resided at Knuston Hall.

Photo of library today (2006):



Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Yes, in 2006

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