Old Swan library

Brief description

The architect was Thomas Shelmerdine.

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

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1913

Photo of library in 2020 :

Old Swan 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):

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Failsworth library

Brief description

The architects were Ernest Ogden and Percy Cartwright Hoy. The library was on Oldham Road.

“The library moved out of this building into a then modern building around the corner in the 60’s/70’s and the library was used as council offices for many years and became a bit dilapidated. Then about ten or fifteen years ago the council saw sense and it was refurbished, extended and they moved the library back in” (source – blog post linked below.)

Current status: Not sure when the library moved out again – but it is currently in the buildings next door to the original library, which were originally council offices. The library space is now offices. (2021)

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  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909

Photo of library in 2020 :

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):

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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.” 

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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.

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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)

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  • 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.

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Royton library

Brief description

Architects were Butterworth and Duncan.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Oldham council although not for much longer. See article below – services to be moved to the Town Hall and the building could be sold off.  (2018)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Photo of library today (2007):

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Royton Library cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Stanley Walkergeograph.org.uk/p/500873

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Colne library

Brief description

Originally built as a private house for wealthy cotton mill owner, Nicholas England.

In 1907 it was converted to become the Colne Carnegie library and a date stone of 1907 was placed above the main entrance.  Closed as a library in 1972, and the building was taken over by the Providence Independent Methodist church. They moved out in 2012, and the building was sold. Proposal put forward in 2015 to convert it into flats (and advert seen on Right Move website, 2018).

Current status: Residential

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Photo of building today (2009):

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cc-by-sa/2.0 – © John Tomlinsongeograph.org.uk/p/40433

Old photos of library (postcards):

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And showing the war memorial in front:

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Pemberton library, Wigan

Brief description

The architects were J. B. & W. Thornely. The library was built on a corner plot at the junction of Ormskirk and Ellsmere road, in the Edwardian Baroque style. Besides Carnegie, the Earl of Ellesmere was also a benefactor of the library

Awarded Grade II listing in 1999

Current status: No longer a public library, now used as offices (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Photo of library today (2008):

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Photo © Galatas (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Atherton library

Brief description

Application was made in 1902 and once agreed, a site was chosen on York Street. The Bolton architects Bradshaw and Gass were appointed in 1904.

The library was refurbished in the 1950s, and extended in 1970.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wigan council (2017) Article below states that there was a plan for the building to close and library services to be moved to a room in the town hall. Later article says customer services point is to be moved into the library.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £4,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 May 1905, by Lord Ilford

Photo of library today:

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Atherton library. Photo credit: Thomas McGrath – Hidden Histories article linked below

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Art nouveau bronze plaque commemorating the opening. Photo credit: Thomas McGrath – Hidden Histories article linked below

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Halliwell library

Brief description

Architects: Henderson and Brown

Current status: Currently UCAN community centre (2017) “Providing resources and services to the residents of Bolton. Our facilities include library collection service, free internet access and use of free phone to contact Council services, utility companies and other agencies.”

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 29 September 1910 by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today (2012):

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Photo credit: Terry Whalebone (flickr – used with permission)

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Photo credit: Terry Whalebone (flickr – used with permission)

Old photo of library (postcard):

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