Southend library

Brief description

Designed by Henry Thomas Hare. The building was extended in 1926 to accommodate a children’s section. The library closed in 1974 when a new Central Library was erected next door.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1974.

Current status: After being closed for 6 years while it was refurbished and converted, it opened as the town’s museum in 1981. Although a new museum was planned for 2013, as far as I know, it’s still in the Carnegie building. (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24th July 1906 by Sir Horace Brooks Marshall Kt.

Photo of library in 2020:

(note, I think this must have been taken from the side, as other photos of Southend museum show it does still have the small cupola shown on the postcard below. It does indicate however the substantial extension to the original building.)

Photo credit: Oriel Prizeman 2020. Image shared under CC license CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 Cardiff University AHRC Shelf Life project


Old photo of library (postcard):



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