Seven Kings library, Ilford

Brief description

The architect was Herbert Shaw.

Current status: Now Ilford Preparatory school (not sure when the library closed)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909

Photo of library today (2012):

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Photo credit: David Howard and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Hammersmith library

Brief description

The architect was Henry Hare, who designed a building in the Baroque style. (Note, he also designed libraries in libraries in Wolverhampton, Harrogate, Southend, Islington, Shoreditch and Fulham.) Sculptural ornaments including figures of Shakespeare & Milton and reliefs of literature and Art, Industry and Science. The sculptor was Frederick Schenk

The library was refurbished and reopened in 2014.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1980

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2017)

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

Photo of library today (2014):

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Photo credit: Hammersmith and Fulham council (shared via flickr under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Fulham library

Brief description

The architect was Henry Hare.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1908

Photo of library today (2006):

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Photo credit: flickr user imagesofgb4u (shared under cc licence)

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Cubitt Town library

Brief description

aka Isle of Dogs library. The architect was C Harrold Norton. The site in Cubitt Town was acquired by Lady Margaret Charteris and the builders were Messrs Watts, Johnson & Company. The library facilities were on the ground floor, with a caretaker’s flat above. Most of the ceiling in the lending department fell to the floor around 1912, and the building suffered some bomb damage during WWII. The newspaper room to the right was slightly altered and a community hall was added to this side in the 1962

Awarded Grade II listing in 2006

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Tower Hamlets (2017)

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  • Amount of grant: £15,000 for 2 libraries: this one and one in Bromley-by-Bow. This library cost £6,805 13s 10d in total
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 14 January 1905, by local politician Will Crooks MP

Photo of library today (2005):

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Photo credit: Philip Talmage and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Enfield Highway library

Brief description

Architect was the local district surveyor, Richard Collins.

Extended in 1938.

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

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

Photo of library today (2016) :

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Photo credit: Julian Osley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Enfield central library

Brief description

Architect was Richard Collins.

Extended in 1963, and again in 2010 – the latter 2 storey glass extension winning ‘Best Built Project’ at the London Planning Awards in January 2011.

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

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1912

Photo of library today (2010) – showing mainly the huge extension):

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Photo credit: flickr user Adam Bowle

Library entrance (2006):

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Photo credit: Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Maidenhead library

Brief description

Local man William Nicholson donated £1000 to buy the land.

The building also housed the Maidenhead museum for a time (apparently the Carnegie Trustees refused permission for this the first time they were asked, but agreed after a second request “provided that the items could be moved out if the space was needed for books.”)

Current status: Demolished in 1973

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1904

Old photo of library (postcard):

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