Thorne library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid by James Servant, on 14 December 1903. The achitect was EH Ballan.

A rather damning report into public services in Thorne dated 1980 said that the library had problems of structural deficiency, and was not able to make use of the upper floor for public service. It went on to say the staff accommodation was inadequate, and the building was expensive to heat and maintain, but there were no plans to improve library provision in the town.

Current status: Closed in 2007. Sold in 2010. Current status: appears to be being refurbished as offices (2019)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905, by James Servant.

Photo of library in 2019:


When we visited, the library had been sold, and work was being done inside, but no clues as to its future use. And the old name plaque (seen below) has been covered by a board.



Photo credit: Richard Croft and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):



Yes, during a holiday in Lincolnshire, November 2019. We visited the old building, and then went to the new library, which is colocated in a health centre, about 100m down the road. We were able to see more photos of the building, but limited information in the local history collection. More research needed! James Servant was clearly a local public official, but so far I haven’t discovered his actual role.

Web links:

  • Entry on Geograph (note, photo shows for sale sign, caption says ‘sold’)
  • National Archives: Plans of Thorne library (the record is a reference to plans stored in Doncaster archives)

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