The foundation stone of St. Anne’s Library was laid in August 1904 and the building was officially opened on 10 January 1906. The land was given by the St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea Land and Building Company and Carnegie paid for the building itself. This was the first Library in the town. It was designed by local resident John Dent Harker, in a style described as “Eclectic, with Edwardian Baroque accent.” The builder was another local man: Mr Samuel Wilson.
The building was extended in 1932.
The library was administered by the St Anne’s-on-the-Sea Urban District until 1922 when the Urban District Council amalgamated with Lytham U.D.C. to form the municipal borough of Lytham St. Anne’s. In 1974 the Library Service was taken over by Lancashire County Council and became the District Central Library of Fylde District.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1993
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Lancashire county council (2017)
- Year grant given (if known): 1903
- Amount of grant: £3500
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 10 January 1906 by Councillor George Walters Spring, JP
Photo of library today (2010):
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet