The site was gifted to the town by William Meath Baker (the Baker family owned a large pottery business in Fenton, and the street the library is on, is called Baker Street). The architect was F.R. Lawson.
Current status: Closed as a library in 2011, but see article linked below – plans are in hand to reopen. “Urban Vision’s plans also involve creating a community gallery, a specialist ‘built environment’ library, five units to be let out to small businesses and two meeting rooms.”
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £5,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907
Photo of library today (2017):
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Yes, during our holiday in the Peak District in August 2017. The library was still closed, but looks to be in good condition, and I was heartened to find the newspaper article listed below, which hints of a positive future.
- Article: Former library to be handed to regeneration charity (2017)
- Entry on the site: Photo history of Stoke on Trent