Watford central library

Brief description

The architects were Hugh A. Gold & W. W. Newman. The original library outgrew its space, and plans were drawn up for a new building. From the news article linked below “Building work was halted by World War One and work on a new building in Hempstead Road did not begin until 1927. It was completed 12 months later at a cost of £20,000.”

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Hertfordshire county council (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £5,000 was raised “by the Library Committee and a grant from the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust.”
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1928

Photo of library in 2020:

Watford central library. Photo credit: Oriel Prizeman 2020. Image shared under CC license CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 Cardiff University AHRC Shelf Life project

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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