Radford Lenton library

Brief description

One of the five branch libraries built in Nottingham (the others being Basford, Bullwell, Carlton and Meadows). This was a post-war one funded by the Carnegie UK Trust. Design and procurement was overseen by Nottingham City Librarian, Walter Briscoe (who oversaw four of the branches listed above – the exception was Carlton – built 1906). He went on to publish an authoritative text, “Library Planning” in 1927 in which all four are extensively illustrated.

The architect was T. Wallis Gordon, and the library is described as being in the Elizabethan style, and featuring innovative materials: “The dressings are composed of artificial stone”. 

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Nottingham City Council (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1915
  • Amount of grant: £3,750
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1926

Photo of library in 2008 :

Photo credit: Oxmoron. Shared via wikicommons cc licence CC-BY-SA 2.0


Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet – although the website “Picture Nottingham” contains some images of the interior, dating from the 1950s.


Not yet

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