Bulwell library

Brief description

The grant was given by the Carnegie UK Trust. Over the main entrance is the inscription: Nottingham public libraries Northern branch. The architects were Bright and Thoms.

Current status: Reopened as a dance school in 2013. Take 5 Theatre School of Dancing still occupy the building. (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1923

Photo of library today (2009):

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

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

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Stapleford library

Brief description

A grant from the Carnegie Trust allowed for a Carnegie Free Library to be built in what was then Towle Avenue, Stapleford in 1906. As the site had previously been part of the grounds of Stapleford Hall, owned by the Borlasse-Warren family Towle Avenue was later renamed Warren Avenue.

Current status: Used as a public library until replacement by modern premises in 1981. Then fell into disrepair until purchased by Stapleford Town Council in 1987 and subsequently renovated and re-opened in 1988 as The Carnegie Centre. Now home to Stapleford Town Council. nb in 2013, while Stapleford library was refurbished, library service were briefly offered from the Carnegie centre once more. (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Photo of library today (2008):

stapleford-geographPhoto credit: Oxymoron and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Mansfield library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid by Mrs AB Markham on 6 July 1904. Land for the library was donated by the Duke of Portland.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1994

Current status: Converted in 1975 and became the Mansfield arts centre (2017)

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

Photo of library today:

no free-to-use photos identified yet. Note that in this one on flickr, it appears a whole new storey was added at some point.

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Huthwaite library

Brief description

Construction started in 1912 (a stone tablet on the building records this). The architect was Ernest W Bostock, and the builders were Vallance and Blythe of Mansfield. Refurbished in 2004.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Inspire, on behalf of Nottinghamshire county council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 12 April 1913, by Alderman Robert Mellors CC

Photo of library today (2014):

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Huthwaite library, © Copyright JThomas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

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Web links:

  • Article on the library’s centenary celebrations
  • Article about the library – Huthwaite online: contains lots of images of the library. A later article on the same site has post-refurbishment photos.

Carlton library

Brief description

The architect was JC Haller.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Inspire, on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Photo of library today (2007):

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Alan Murray-Rust [CC licence], via Wikimedia Commons

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Arnold library

Brief description

The architect was a local Arnold man, William Henry Higginbottom, who designed many of the other big buildings in the town, such as the Empress cinema and Church Drive school.

Current status: Demolished in 1981.

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Web links:

  • Photo of the interior of the library, on Picture the Past – taken by Arnold Camera Club
  • Photo of the opening ceremony, on Picture the Past

Nottingham Meadows library

Brief description

This was originally known as Southern Branch.

Current status: Library – part of Nottingham City Council library network.

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 11 March 1925, by the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine

Photo of library today:

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Detail:

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Visited?

Visited on May 31 2016. It was really busy, as it was half term week, and the Friends group was running a session with a childrens entertainer. The library is lovely and bright, and the garden out back (also maintained by the Friends group) is a valuable asset.