Twickenham library

Brief description

The architect was Howard Goadby and the building contractor was BE Nightingale.

The foundation stone was laid 18 June 1906, by FW Allison JP

On either side of the door is a roundel with a carved stone bust. Each shows one of Twickenham’s famous literary residents: Alexander Pope and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Over the first-floor window architrave is a large sculpted relief of female figures writing, reading and painting.

Twickenham Library underwent a £700,000 refurbishment  in 2005 that restored many of the original glorious original features of the Victorian building, including stained glass. It re-opened in January 2006.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2011.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £6,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Photo of library today (2016):




Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Saw this library on a Sunday afternoon (16 October 2016) on our way back from a day in Kew Gardens.

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