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.
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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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

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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

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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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):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Astley Bridge library

Brief description

Architects were Bradshaw, Gass and Hope (who were also responsible for Bolton central, and Great Lever libraries – the latter was also a Carnegie library).

Current status: Closed as a public library in 2012. Currently used as offices by mail room equipment supplier Franking Sense. (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1910

Photo of library today (2012):

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© Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

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Nelson library

Brief description

Architects: J R Poyser and W B Savidge. From the listing: “an exuberant expression of Grand-Manner Baroque, with high quality carved stone detailing”. This library was designed as a closed access library in which books were selected through review of a catalogue and then retrieved by staff for the reader. It switched to an open access system in 1925 which permitted borrowers to browse the books.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2017

Current status: No longer a public library, it was closed in 1974. Used for a while as Pendle council offices, it was refurbished and put up for sale in 2013. From article below, it was sold in 2016 and is now houses a solicitors practice.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £7,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Photo of library today (2013):

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© Copyright robert wade and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard – from my collection):

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Visited?

Not yet

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Sefton Park library

Brief description

Sefton Park, which was opened by AC himself, contained a children’s library, Liverpool’s first open access loan collection and an all-female staff (a tradition which is still maintained at this branch). It was designed by the city surveyor, Thomas Shelmerdine in the Tudor Revival style. Lots of interior details remain, including the simple art nouveau style railings around the gallery.

In the 1960s, a small flat roofed extension was added. This is now the children’s library (and not included in the listing!).

Awarded Grade II listing in 2012

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: Liverpool received £40,000 in all – for 4 branches and 2 reading rooms. Sefton Park library cost £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 3 August 1911, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (showing AC at the opening ceremony):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in June 2017, on a visit to Liverpool which also took in Garston (another Carnegie legacy library), Kensington library, and Central library.

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