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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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.
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)

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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):

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