Tyldesley library

Brief description

Opened in 1909 on the site of the old Temperance Hall and Mechanics Institute on Stanley Street. The architect was Arthur John Hope (from the firm Bradshaw Gass and Hope).

Current status: Closed in 2020 when plans were made to relocate library services to the Town Hall. The article on the plans below notes: “The restrictive covenant on the library also prevents the land from being used for anything other than a free public library for the people of Tyldesley……… but the council could try and convince the beneficiary to allow alternative uses, or apply to the Land’s Tribunal to remove or change the covenant.” (2020) This is the first restrictive covenant I’ve seen on a library in the UK – although they are more common in other countries.

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  • Year opened: 18 December 1909, by Charles Eckersley

Photo of library in 2008:


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

Old photo of library (postcard):

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