Pear Tree library, Derby

Brief description

Built in 1913, the architect was Charles Bakewell Sherwin. The interior of the building was gutted and refurbished in the early 1980’s but retains some of the original features.

Current status: Closed after part of the ceiling collapsed in 2018, while the council assessed what was needed. Repairs were estimated at £1.6 million, which proved too costly for the council, so the library (one of Derby’s most popular) was relocated to St Augustine’s community centre, alongside a range of other council services. In 2019, the building was put up for sale (see news article linked below.)

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1915 or 16

Photo of library in 2017:


Photo taken when we visited. Nb – I published this photo on the Libraries Taskforce account, under a creative commons (attribution) licence – so it is interesting to find it appearing on the sale documents – with no attribution……

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Yes, during our holiday in the Peak District in August 2017. We briefly popped into Derby to meet a train, but unfortunately as it was Sunday, the library was closed.

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