Thornaby on Tees library

Brief description

The original library opened in 1893 and was the gift of a local industrialist, Alderman T. Wrighton, MP. An extension was planned and in 1903, an offer of £1,000 was made by Andrew Carnegie, increased to £1,500 in 1904. This grant was obtained through the offices of Alderman William Whitwell, who was Carnegie’s predecessor in the Presidency of the Iron & Steel Institute. He was also the donor of the land for the extension, which took the form of a children’s library, and was opened in February 1905.

Current status: Closed – current situation/plans unknown.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903, increased in 1904
  • Amount of grant: £1,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): February 1905

Photo of library today (2007):


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


Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


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