Bromley library

Brief description

The site used for the library was a house called Neelgherries (an alternative spelling for Nilgiris, in India) which had been named by George Sparkes, who had worked as a judge in India. When his widow died, she left the house to the town of Bromley “for education and learning” – so when they were awarded the grant from Carnegie, that is where they built the library. The architect was Evelyn Hellicar. The library was extended in 1912.

Current status: Demolished in 1969.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £7,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): May 1906

Old photo of library (postcard):


Web and other links:

  • Blog post about some research sparked off by a postcard of Bromley library gardens
  • Details about this, and all libraries in Kent found in a 3 part article written by Martin Tapsell: The Hare and the Tortoise – some notable public library buildings in Kent. published in Bygone Kent 2001-02.

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