Bethnal Green library

Brief description

The original architect in 1896 was James Tolley. Building converted by borough architect A.E.Darby. History (taken from the listing entry): The Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green did not pass the Public Library Act until 1913, subsequently preparing plans for a new library by the borough engineer and surveyor A.E. Darby in 1915. However, WWI intervened and the prohibitive rise in building costs afterwards resulted in their constructing instead a temporary institution in 1919. When soon afterwards deciding to undertake a permanent institution, the borough purchased part of the Bethnal House Asylum Estate, the former male wing that had been built in 1896. A.E. Darby instead designed the conversion of what was a much larger facility, including an Adult Lending, Reference and Children’s libraries, as well as a Lecture Hall and Newsroom. It cost £36,000 and was built by Messrs. Patman and Fotheringham, with G.W. Hammer & Co. supplying the furniture.

Funding awarded by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2005. Listing describes it as “Late Victorian Classical exterior with inter-war library interior in the mid-C18 Adam-inspired style” and mentions “4 plaster medallions in curved niche behind colonnade (Richard Wagner, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and William Morris) commemorate interesting choice of cultural heroes.”

Refurbished in 2015.

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

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 13 October 1922, the the Mayor, Councillor JJ Vaughan

Photo of library today (2012):

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Thanks to flickr user Tom Bastin (shared under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Ripple Road library, Barking

Brief description

Library was designed by architects CJ Dawson Son and Allardyce. The grant was made by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Destroyed by fire in 1967

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1924

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Southall library

Brief description

Architect: Reginald Brown

Current status: No longer a public library (closed in 2014 when library services moved to the Dominion centre) Current use unknown (2017)

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

Photo of library today (2006):

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Photo © J Taylor (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Wood Green library

Brief description

The architect was Charles J Gunyon. Few other references found, other than the line: A central library, built at the junction of Station and High roads with a donation from Andrew Carnegie, opened in 1907.

Current status: Demolished in 1973

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

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Thornton Heath library

Brief description

The library was substantially refurbished and extended – with work starting in 2009, and completed in 2010.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Carillion for Croydon council (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1914

Photo of library today (2010):

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Photo © Christopher Hilton (cc-by-sa/2.0)

And one from 2009 (pre-extension)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Stoke Newington library

Brief description

The main building was built in 1892, designed by Bridgman and Goss. It was extended 1904 by Sidney Goss with funding from Carnegie – adding a lecture hall and the children’s library. A later extension houses the war memorial.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2003

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Hackney libraries (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): The extended building was opened 11 June 1904, by Councillor John Glass JP

Photo of library today (2017):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in June 2017.

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