Salisbury library

Brief description

In 1903  Carnegie offered £4,000 toward the cost of a building. £1,000 was raised by public subscription to buy a site, and the building in Chipper Lane opened in 1905. The architect was Alfred Champney Bothams, in a style described as “free Cotswold Tudor-Jacobean”.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1972.

Current status: The library closed in 1975 (and moved to the Market House). the building has been refurbished, and is now called Old Library Chambers. It is currently used as offices by solicitors and accountants. (2020)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £4,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library in 2020 :

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):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet – although we did pop into the current library in Salisbury during a flying visit.

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Sandown library

Brief description

The library was built on land donated by local businessman Mr Alexander Keller (builder of the Savoy Hotel). The architect was James Newman.

The article linked below notes: By 1906 there were 2,745 books available with an additional reference library, a ladies room had been opened, and fossils from around the Island (now housed at Dinosaur Isle) formed a geology collection. 

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by the Isle of Wight council (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905 by Lord Alverstone (Lord Chief Justice of England)

Photo of library in 2020:

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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The library has a sandstone plaque on the side of the building, recording the Carnegie gift. It has unfortunately become eroded and illegible – but the Friends group were trying to raise funds to revive it.

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Flint library

Brief description

The architect was John Welsh. The original building was opened in 1840 and was the Town Hall – (the Carnegie grant funded alterations to establish the library). A grand stone building, the Flint local history site shares the following information: “A free Library was established with a contribution of £200 from the Carnegie Trust. The library was formally opened in the Town Hall on 21st August 1903 by the Mayor Mr. T. W. Hughes. The librarian was Mr. E. J. Hughes.”

Awarded Grade II listing in 1972

Current status: Now offices (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £200
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 21 Augutst 1903, by the Mayor, Mr T W Hughes

Photo of library in 2020 :

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

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Crosby library

Brief description

The architect was C J Anderson (blog post linked below says Anderson and Crawford, of Liverpool).  Described as being in free Renaissance style.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1996.

Current status: Closed in 2013. It may have been used as a community centre, but numerous plans were put forward which never came to fruition. News report in May 2020 (linked below) mentions plans to refurbish and turn into a “sustainable business hub.” 

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905 (although foundation stone plaque says 1904). Again – blog post differs – says opened in 1906.

Photo of library in 2009 :

Photo credit: Sue Adair. Geograph via wikicommons. Shared by CC BY-SA 2.0

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet – but the blog post below contains one.

Visited?

Not yet

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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

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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.

Visited?

Not yet

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Criccieth library

Brief description

The architect was Rowland Lloyd-Jones, the county architect.

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library in 2006 :

Neuadd y Dref a Llyfrgell Criccieth Town Hall and Library
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Alan Fryer geograph.org.uk/p/349610

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Barry library

Brief description

Following a competition, the architects Charles E. Hutchinson and E. Harding Payne of London were appointed and the building was designed in the Edwardian Baroque style. The complex was built in two stages, with the library completed and opened first, the council offices two years later.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1979.

Current status: Major refurbishment started in 2001, and the library reopened in 2007. Still open as a public library, run by Vale of Glamorgan council (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1 March 1906 by the Earl of Plymouth

Photo of library in 2007:

Barry Town Hall and library (library is on the right) . cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Tony Hodgegeograph.org.uk/p/272847

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Abergavenny library

Brief description

The architect was a local man: B.J. Francis, and it was built by Mr H Smith of Kidderminster.

The entrance has a stone head either side (see article below). One is Carnegie, the other is William Neville, the Marquis of Abergavenny. Carnegie did not attend the opening, but did visit in 1907, when he received the freedom of the borough, and an official ’thank-you’ from the town for his financial aid towards the library.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1974

Current status: Closed in 2020 and a new library is planned (2020)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £4,000 (nb newspaper article below cites the cost of the building as £2,000)
  • Year opened: 8 September 1906 by the Marquis of Abergavenny

Photo of library in 2008 :

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, during a brief stop in the town in 2008. Didn’t go in though, and depending on the council’s plans for the building, looks like I might never see inside.

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Wrexham library

Brief description

The building was designed in the classical style by Vernon Hodge of Teddington (London). The foundation stone was laid by the Mayoress, Mrs Birkett Evans on 1 January 1906. It was the borough library until 1973.

Awarded Grade II listing.

Current status: No longer a public library, the building in Queen’s Square housed council offices from 1973. The news article linked below from December 2020 announced that the council planned to sell it. (2020)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £4,000 to build plus £300 to furnish
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 15 February 1907 by Sir Foster Cunliffe 

Photo of library in 2015 :

© Copyright Jeff Buck and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet – but the news article linked below contains a photo. As does the Wrexham History site.

Visited?

Not yet

Web links:

  • Entry on Coflein: the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW)
  • Article in the Wrexham Telegraph, 1907
  • History of Wrexham library (Council website)
  • News article: Historic Old Library building on Queen’s Square to be sold off by Wrexham Council (Deember 2020)

Westhoughton library

Brief description

The architects were Halsall, Tonge & Campbell. The library and Carnegie Hall was built next to the Town Hall – and its address is Library Street. The first librarian was J C Scott, who retired in 1943. 

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Bolton Council (2020)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 March 1906

Photo of library in 2020 :

© Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet – but the site linked below includes one.

Visited?

Not yet

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