Kayll Road branch library, Sunderland

Brief description

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. West branch was designed by Sunderland architect Hugh Taylor Decimus Hedley. The site was donated by Alderman William Burns.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1990.

Current status: Still open as library. In 2017 Pallion Action Group developed a business plan to take over operations at Kayll Road Library. The plan included details to develop the building as a community hub as well as maintaining it as a fully functioning library. This bid was successful and Kayll Road Library re-opened it doors in March 2018 (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: Total grant for all 3 libraries: £10,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909, by the Reverend G. W. Kitchin, the Dean of Durham and Warden of the University of Durham.

Photo of library in 2020:

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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