Knutsford library

Brief description

The architect was Alfred Darbyshire, from Manchester. The building was extended in the late 20th century, with minor alternations.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1999.

It was replaced as a library in 2002 with a new library building on a different site.

Current status: Now repurposed as a nursery (2020)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £1,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1904

Photo of library in 2020 :

Knutsford – former library. 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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Neston library

Brief description

The library celebrated its centenary in 2007 with a year long programme of events culminating in birthday celebrations on the 6th December. Neston is now the only Carnegie library remaining in Cheshire.

The land for the library was given by the Russells (in memory of Dr Russell) of Vine House, Parkgate Road. The architects were Green Knowles and Russell.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Cheshire West and Chester council (2021).

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £1,200
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 6 December 1907 (although on a postcard linked below, the date of opening is given as 3 January 1908).

Photo of library in 2009:

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Photo credit: Eirian Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet, but I found one in the Postcards from the Past gallery (part of the Cheshire-Live collection)

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Not yet

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Ellesmere Port library

Brief description

Architects were Sproat and Warwick. Current status unknown. After closure, it was at some point the Assembly of God Pentecostal Church. Photos via a web search indicate possibly an estate agent? (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1910

Photo of library today (2016):

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Photo credit: flickr user SteHLiverpool (shared under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links:

  • Blog post about the library (note the opening image, which switches between old and new photo, taken from same spot).

Runcorn library

Brief description

Described as being designed in an “Eclectic style”, its windows incorporate Mackintosh-style stained glass designs. The architect was James Wilding.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2007.

It was the main library in Runcorn until a larger library was opened in the 1970s at Halton Lea. It first became a branch library, then closed as a library in 2012.

Current status: Unsure about current status (2017). The Runcorn and District Historical Society tried to pull together a plan in 2014 to create a local studies centre, but finally had to reject the idea as unfeasible, as costs were too high.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1 December 1906, by Mr. D. Bisbrown, chairman of the Council

Photo of library in 2014:

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Photo credit: flickr user SteHLiverpool (shared under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links: