Southall library

Brief description

Architect: Reginald Brown, council surveyor.

No longer a public library, it closed in 2014 when library services moved to the Dominion centre.

Current use: Thanks to a note on a Shelflife photo, which led to a bit more research, I think the buildng now is home to a chuch – the Southall Christian Fellowship (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library in 2006:

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Photo © J Taylor (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Old photo of library (postcard):

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4 thoughts on “Southall library”

  1. My father and grandparents grew up in Southall and were avid readers. They visited the Carnegie library there regularly. They were working class, and although not directly poor, they certainly couldn’t afford to buy books, so the Carnegie library was a treasure to them. Whatever happened to this beautiful library? I often tell my friends in Norway, where I have been living for nearly fifty years, that Carnegie libraries were incredibly important to working people in England. Very grateful for comments and info.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Edwina – you prompted me to do a bit more research. And I discovered the library building now houses a church (so I’ve updated my post). Nice to see a new use was found for the building.

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      1. Hello again, and thanks for your comment. I am now writing a small piece on public libraries – or rather school libraries, or the problems involved – for Norway’s biggest left-wing paper, where I mention the Carnegie libraries heritage. I want to mention the library in Southall and want to say when it was built and in what architectural style. It would be really useful to be able to get my facts right!! Grateful for any other comments. Best regards, Edwina Reiler

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  2. Thanks for following up – your article sounds interesting, I hope it starts with the value and benefits of libraries, before outlining the problems and challenges. As for the Southall building, it opened in 1905, but aside from what is already in my post, I don’t have any more information.
    I’m not an expert in architectural styles, and am not sure how I’d describe this one. The Shelf Life project has it in the category “Brick walls with Stone or Terracotta dressings ” – which is descriptive, but not really a style

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