Great Lever library

Brief description

A plaque has the date 1909 (perhaps marks main building phase?) It was designed by the prominent local architectural firm Bradshaw Hope & Gass.

Current status: Now a community centre (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 29 September, 1910. Andrew Carnegie attended the opening ceremony

Photo of library today (2012):

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Photo credit: Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Earlestown – now Newton-le-Willows library

Brief description

Designed by J Myrtle Smith in a baroque style to harmonise with the former technical school which it sits next to. It is now known as Newton-le-Willows community library.

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £4,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909

Photo of library today (2009):

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Photo credit: Alexander P Kapp and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Links:

  • Book: Lancashire: Liverpool and the South West, by Richard Pollard, Niklaus Pevsner and Joseph Sharples.
  • Funding referenced on the page: 130 years of Carnegie’s legacy

Crompton library, Oldham

Brief description

Built on Beal Lane. aka Shaw and Crompton library. Architect was Jesse Horsfall

Current status: No longer a public library (closed in 1989), the building has been redeveloped into apartments.

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 2 February 1907, by JW Cockroft, former chair of Crompton UDC

Photo of library today (2016):

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Photo credit: flickr user Jeff Carr (with permission)

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Darwen library

Brief description

The architects were Raymond Harrison and CS Haywood.

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

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 27 May 1908, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today (2009):

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Photo shared by flick user Robert Wade, under cc licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Web links:

  • Entry on the listed buildings register
  • Wikipedia page

Clitheroe library

Brief description

Designed by the Blackburn architects Briggs and Wolstenholme (according to wikipedia and the listing on Historic England) or Butterworth and Duncan (according to the Gazetteer of public library buildings). Pevsner described it as being in the ‘Loire’ style – referring to its resemblance to a French chateau.

The original gold key, used for the opening is now in the Clitheroe Castle Museum.

Major refurbishment in 1990 saw the library extend into the building next door.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1976

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Lancashire County Council (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library today (2012):

geograph-3261073-by-rude-healthPhoto credit: Rude Health and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Burnley library

Brief description

In December 1916, the Carnegie Trust offered a grant of £15,000 to Burnley towards the cost of a library, increasing in August 1925 to £16,500. Work did not commence on the construction of the present library building until 16 July 1928 but, in the meantime, a Reference Library had opened on Elizabeth Street in July 1921 and a school library service went into operation in February 1924. The final building costs amounted to £35,000.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Lancashire County Council (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1925
  • Amount of grant: £16,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 3 July 1930, by the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine.

Photo of library today (2009):

3554234751_f866f5a64c_zShared by flickr member Robert Wade under cc licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Blackpool library

Brief description

A plot of land, previously used as a bowling green, was bought by the Council for the new library. The library was designed by architects Alexander Cullen, Lockhead and Brown of Glasgow in free Baroque style, with the help of the then chief librarian Mr. Rowland Hill, to be comfortable, quiet and attractive – the priorities being the entrance hall, the main staircase and dome, the Reference Room, the Committee Room and the Lending Library.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1983.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Blackpool Council (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £15,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 26 October 1911, by the Mayor, Cllr WH Broadhead JP

Photo of library today (2007):

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Photo credit: Betty Longbottom and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Details:

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Shared by flickr user Diane Griffiths under cc licence. She also shared a photo of the blue plaque on the library

Old photo of library (postcard):

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