Southend library

Brief description

Designed by HT Hare. The building was extended in 1926 to accommodate a children’s section. The library closed in 1974 when a new Central Library was erected next door.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1974.

Current status: After being closed for 6 years while it was refurbished and converted, it opened as the town’s museum in 1981. Although a new museum was planned for 2013, as far as I know, its still in the Carnegie building. (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24th July 1906 by Sir Horace Brooks Marshall Kt.

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Grays library

Brief description

The Grays Free Library was built on land donated by Mr. Charles Seabrooke. The cost of the library was donated by Carnegie.

Current status: Demolished in the early 1970s and a replacement built on the same site as the original. The new library includes a theatre and museum

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 11 November 1903

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Chelmsford library

Brief description

The architect was Frederic Chancellor.

Current status: Possibly now part of Anglia Ruskin university  (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

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