Brentford library

Brief description

The architect was TH Nowell Parr, and it was built by Joseph Dorey and Co. The foundation stone was laid in September 1903 by the Countess of Jersey, who lived nearby in Osterley Park.

There’s a full description of the events and speeches on the opening day in Fred Turners’s book The History and Antiquities of Brentford which is available to read at the library. It was a day of great local pride and Carnegie must have been impressed as he gave Fred Turner a further £400 to fit out the building.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1990.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Carillion on behalf of Hounslow council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 9 May  1904, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today (2006):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Yes, in 2006.

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Hanwell library

Brief description

There were letters on 4 October and 9 December 1902 to Hanwell council from Carnegie, making an offer of £2,500. This was later confirmed to mean that it could be spent on the building and necessary furniture, such as book cases. However, in June 1903 it was said that the library was not to be part of another building, but could be on the same site.
On 29 September 1903, James Bertram, Carnegie’s private secretary, confirmed that the grant was increased to £3000.

The foundation stone was laid by the Countess of Jersey, 26 November 1904. The library was designed by T Gibbs Thomas, and Messrs Sims and Woods of Grey’s End Road were the builders.

The first librarian was Franck Pocock, for a salary of £80 a year. Open access was not adopted until 1919.

The library  was closed for a £900,000 refurbishment in 2012 and reopened in 2013.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Ealing council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 27 September 1908, by Sir Clifton Robinson JP. (Managing Director of the London United Electric Tramways Company)

Photo of library today (2009):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in 2009.

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Dalston library

Brief description

One of the 3 libraries in Hackney designed by Edwin Cooper (the other 2 are Homerton and Clapton).

Current status: Demolished, after being destroyed by a bomb in 1945.

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Custom House library

Brief description

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Newham council (2016)

Refurbished in 2017 (see below)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 20 July 1905 by J Passmore Edwards

Photo of library today (2009):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in 2009.

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Hackney library

Brief description

Foundation stone laid by HRH Princess Christian on 23 March 1907. The architect was Henry Crouch.

Current status: Now an arts venue (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £12,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 28 May 1908 by the Prince and Princess of Wales

Photo of library today (2009):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, saw it in 2009.

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East Ham library

Brief description

Designed by AH Campbell, borough architect. The building forms an extension to East Ham town hall.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1982.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Newham council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 26 March 1908 by J Passmore Edwards

Photo of library today (2009):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Oddly – although this postcard says East Ham library, and is in a similar style, I dont think its the library above (not least because it actually has carved in stone the name Passmore Edwards….. one to investigate!)

Visited?

Yes, in 2009.

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Clapton library

Brief description

One of the 3 libraries in Hackney designed by Edwin Cooper (the other 2 are Homerton, and Dalston library (demolished). Described in the listing as being in a ‘restrained classical’ style. Built by F J Gorham. The foundation stone was laid on 17 May 1913, by the Mayor, Councillor Henry E Davenport JP.

Shepheard Epstein Hunter (who also worked on the Carnegie library in Enfield)  was commissioned to design an extension and restore the original fabric, and the newly extended library reopened in 2010..

Awarded Grade II listing in 2003.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Hackney council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 17 January 1914 by Councillor Charles Winkley, JP and (new) Mayor.

Photo of library today (2009):

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When I visited, the library was mid way through its refurbishment, so my photo shows more scaffolding than library…… must go back now it has reopened.

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, but see above…..

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