Application was made in 1902 and once agreed, a site was chosen on York Street. The Bolton architects Bradshaw and Gass were appointed in 1904.
The library was refurbished in the 1950s, and extended in 1970.
Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wigan council (2017) Article below states that there was a plan for the building to close and library services to be moved to a room in the town hall. Later article says customer services point is to be moved into the library.
- Year grant given (if known): 1903
- Amount of grant: £4,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 May 1905, by Lord Ilford
Photo of library today:
Atherton library. Photo credit: Thomas McGrath – Hidden Histories article linked below
Art nouveau bronze plaque commemorating the opening. Photo credit: Thomas McGrath – Hidden Histories article linked below
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
- News article: War of words over Atherton library (2013)
- News article: Atherton library set to welcome Atherton Life Centre into its building (2017)
- Hidden Histories: The library, Atherton – detailed account (thanks to the author: Thomas McGrath for many of the details included above, and permission to use his photographs)