Northfield library

Brief description

Land was provided by the Cadbury brothers. The foundation stone was laid by Alderman T. R. Bayliss. The original architects were C E Bateman and Hale.

On 12 February 1914 it was destroyed by a fire – with suspicion falling on the suffragettes. It was rebuilt, using the same facade.  In 1914, it became the first open-access lending library in Birmingham. In 1984, the library building was doubled in size.

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £750
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Photo of library today (2016):


Photo credit: Flickr user Ian (shared under cc licence)


Old photo of library (postcard):


Image from wikipedia: part of an old photograph first published as a postcard by Edwards & Co., Edgbaston Street, Birmingham


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