Hartlepool library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid by HH Murray JP on 27 May 1903. The architect was H.C. Crummack, Borough Engineer. A house for the librarian was built next door. Robinson John Marshall was the original contractor.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985

Current status: Library closed in 1999 (moved to a new site) and the building was converted to offices. Its official re-opening was on June 15 June 2006. It now houses part of Hartlepool Council’s Libraries staff and is also home to the Council’s Sports Development Team (2009)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1903

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Gateshead library

Brief description

In 1916 the Carnegie Trust of Dunfermline offered Gateshead a grant of £15,000 for a new public library (John Johnstone’s library on Swinburne Street was now too small). In 1918 Arthur Stockwell was appointed as architect. Initial designs were costed above the grant, even though it was raised to £16,500. Stockwell died. In 1925/6 a reduced design was executed by David Ditchburn with a top-up loan of £6,500 from the government.

The library echoes the design of its neighbour the Shipley Art Gallery. Ionic portico with two ranges capped with small domes and one-storey wings. It was operated on the open-access system. It was extended in red brick by Leslie Berry, Borough Architect in 1975/6 and remains the town’s main library (Taylor and Lovie, 2004).

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Gateshead libraries (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1916
  • Amount of grant: £16,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1925

Photo of library today (2009):

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Thornaby on Tees library

Brief description

The original library opened in 1893 and was the gift of a local industrialist, Alderman T. Wrighton, MP. An extension was planned and in 1903, an offer of £1,000 was made by Andrew Carnegie, increased to £1,500 in 1904. This grant was obtained through the offices of Alderman William Whitwell, who was Carnegie’s predecessor in the Presidency of the Iron & Steel Institute. He was also the donor of the land for the extension, which took the form of a children’s library, and was opened in February 1905.

Current status: Closed – current situation/plans unknown.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903, increased in 1904
  • Amount of grant: £1,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): February 1905

Photo of library today (2007):

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Kayll Road branch library, Sunderland

Brief description

Carnegie paid for 3 branch libraries in Sunderland: Hendon, Monkwearmouth and West Branch (Kayll Road library). All are built in red brick a similar style (Edwardian baroque) as each had to follow a basic plan produced by Sunderland librarian John Alfred Charlton Deas. West branch was designed by Sunderland architect Hugh Taylor Decimus Hedley.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Sunderland council (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909, by the Reverend G. W. Kitchin, the Dean of Durham and Warden of the University of Durham.

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Monkwearmouth branch library, Sunderland

Brief description

Carnegie paid for 3 branch libraries in Sunderland: Hendon, Monkwearmouth and West Branch (Kayll Road library). All are built in red brick a similar style (Edwardian baroque) as each had to follow a basic plan produced by Sunderland librarian John Alfred Charlton Deas. Monkwearmouth branch was designed by Edward Cratney, of Wallsend and Sunderland. The site was the gift of JG Addison.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1994.

Current status: The library closed in 2013. The building has now been taken over by production company MCC Media  (2017)

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  • Amount of grant: Total grant was £10,000 (originally for 2 branches, but they managed to stretch it to 3)
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 21 October 1909, by Andrew Carnegie

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Hendon branch library, Sunderland

Brief description

Carnegie paid for 3 branch libraries in Sunderland: Hendon, Monkwearmouth and West Branch (Kayll Road library). All are built in red brick a similar style (Edwardian baroque) as each had to follow a basic plan produced by Sunderland librarian John Alfred Charlton Deas.  Hendon branch was designed by Edward Cratney, of Wallsend and Sunderland. The foundation stone was laid by Councillor J Hindmarch, of the Museum and Library Committee, on February 26, 1908.

Current status: The public library closed in 2014, and reopened as a community centre. It is run by a charity: Back on the Map, and as a one stop shop for the community it combines book lending with an IT drop in centre,  NHS services and space for local groups (2017)

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  • Amount of grant:  Total grant was £10,000 (originally for 2 branches, but they managed to stretch it to 3)
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1908

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Annfield Plain library

Brief description

The only library built with Carnegie funds in County Durham. Built in 1908 by Edward Cratney of Davidson and Cratney. Southsen and Johnson were the contractors. The site given by John Wilkinson Taylor, MP.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1987.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Durham county council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): December 2008

Photo of library today (2005):

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Alan Fearon [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Copper plaque in entrance hall

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