Details found in the Gazeteer of Historic Public Library Buildings 1850-1940, say that the library was opened in 1904. Photos found on Birmingham Images website seem to indicate a different story. Their caption reads: “Interior of Birchfield Public Library, Perry Barr, looking remarkably smart in 1952. The building dates from 1874 but only became a branch library in 1886.” Perhaps the 1904 date refers to a Carnegie funded extension?
I found references on other sites to Birchfield Road library (Aston) – but no details. The Shelf-Life project has a pin on their map for Handsworth-Perry Barr Institute, Birchfield Road. Also marked as demolished.
Current status: Demolished in 2007
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant:
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1904
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet