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 in 2010 – 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 in 2007:
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet