Mexborough library

Brief description

Architects: Deacon and Hosburgh of Liverpool. Builder: George Saul of Rotherham.

Funding came from Carnegie, and FJO Montagu donated the land. The latter was a member of a wealthy local family, who also gave £1,500 towards the establishment of the Montagu Hospital, in Mexborough, in 1901.

Current status: Replaced by a new library, whihc opened in January 1993. From 2006, the building was refurbished and became an indian restaurant, known as the Spice library (2019)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): …”towards the end of May 1906 by Mr Kelley CC of Wath using a gold inscribed key.” (from Mexborough Heritage Society – newsletter February 1993 – archive no longer fully online)

Photo of library in 2019:



Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Yes, during a holiday in Lincolnshire in November 2019. Unfortunately during the day, so the restaurant was closed and we couldn’t take a look inside.

Web links:

  • The Spice Library – restaurant website. Includes photo gallery – showing no remaining evidence of the library inside.


3 thoughts on “Mexborough library”

    1. Thanks Val – I’m pleased you enjoy the posts. And thanks for the detailed information about Tinsley – I’ll update my page. We did visit, but I’m afraid it was looking very sorry for itself – boarded up with no sign of plans to use it for anything else.


  1. Yes, Tinsley does look very sad, though I think the structure is reasonably sound for a building over a century old and uncared for. It’s regarded with much affection locally. Still owned by Sheffield Council and in theory available to rent, I was told.


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