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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Eastleigh library

Brief description

The architect was FG Lee. Grant given by Carnegie UK Trust. The library was extended in 1964.

Current status: Now a family/community centre (according to Gazetteer of Historic Public Library buildings and the Shelf life project)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1935

Photo of library in 2020:

Former Eastleigh 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

Fratton library

Brief description

Built 1905-6 by Portsmouth Borough Council to the design by local architects, Arthur Edward Cogswell and George Rake, who provided their services free of charge. Earl Fitzwilliam was also a benefactor.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2011.

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

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £4,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 12 September 1906

Photo of library in 2010:

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Closeup of the front door, showing lovely stained glass and carving.

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And the gorgeous stained glass inside.

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Briefly, in 2010, when on our way to catch a ferry. Then again in 2018, during a weekend spent in Portsmouth. The library is lovely inside – the space is now shared with several other family welfare/council services, but the main library space on the ground floor is light, with the stained glass taking a starring role.

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