Stockport library

Brief description

The library was built in 1913-14 to designs by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope in the Edwardian Baroque style.

Initially, Carnegie offered Stockport Corporation £10,000 for the erection of a free central library. The design was put out to competition and Bradshaw & Gass submitted a design costing £14,000. The Carnegie assessor, Percy S Worthington, award the ‘premium’ to them in October 1910. As this was over budget, and Andrew Carnegie increased his offer to £15,000 on condition that the Corporation provided a further £2,000 to build a branch library in another part of the town.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Stockport council (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £15,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known):

Photo of library today (2015):

Photo credit: Dave Bevis  on geograph, licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


Old photo of library (postcard):

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