Architects: J R Poyser and W B Savidge. From the listing: “an exuberant expression of Grand-Manner Baroque, with high quality carved stone detailing”. This library was designed as a closed access library in which books were selected through review of a catalogue and then retrieved by staff for the reader. It switched to an open access system in 1925 which permitted borrowers to browse the books.
Awarded Grade II listing in 2017
Current status: No longer a public library, it was closed in 1974. Used for a while as Pendle council offices, it was refurbished and put up for sale in 2013. From article below, it was sold in 2016 and is now houses a solicitors practice.
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £7,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906
Photo of library today (2013):
Old photo of library (postcard – from my collection):
- Entry on the listed buildings register
- Historic England: Listed libraries of the north
- News article: Restoration of Nelson’s Edwardian library complete
- News article: Landmark former Nelson library goes up for sale
- Article by the restoration company: Former Booth Street library (contains a gallery of photos – it is beautiful inside, with lots of intricate plasterwork, arched windows, and a complex mosaic in the entrance hall)