Carnegie paid for 3 branch libraries in Sunderland: Hendon, Monkwearmouth and West Branch (Kayll Road library). All are built in red brick a similar style (Edwardian baroque) as each had to follow a basic plan produced by Sunderland librarian John Alfred Charlton Deas. Hendon branch was designed by Edward Cratney, of Wallsend and Sunderland. The foundation stone was laid by Councillor J Hindmarch, of the Museum and Library Committee, on February 26, 1908.
Current status: The public library closed in 2014, and reopened as a community centre. It is run by a charity: Back on the Map, and as a one stop shop for the community it combines book lending with an IT drop in centre, NHS services and space for local groups (2017)
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: Total grant was £10,000 (originally for 2 branches, but they managed to stretch it to 3)
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1908
Photo of library today:
No open source image found yet.
Photo showing the stone carved details, by flickr user She-who-must, shared under cc licence
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
- News: Community reopens shutdown historic library in Sunderland (2014)
- News: The final chapter for Sunderland’s Carnegie libraries (2013)
- News: Council in talks over future of Sunderland’s libraries (2017) – illustrated with a photo of the group running the former Hendon library, in front of the building