Ashton in Makerfield library

Brief description

A former lecture hall and library, now a library, built in 1905-6 to a design by the architects J B & W Thornley. Along with Carnegie, the Gerard Estate is listed as a benefactor of this library (perhaps the descendents of Sir Gilbert Gerard, a prominent lawyer, politician, and landowner in Tudor times who had large estates in Lancashire and Staffordshire).  The children’s library was added when the lecture hall fell out of use.

Refurbished and reopened in 2006 to mark its centenary.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2009

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wigan libraries (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (postcard):


Not from my collection, this was found via flickr 


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