Fenton library

Brief description

The site was gifted to the town by William Meath Baker (the Baker family owned a large pottery business in Fenton, and the street the library is on, is called Baker Street). The architect was F.R. Lawson.

Current status: Closed as a library in 2011, but see article linked below – plans are in hand to reopen. “Urban Vision’s plans also involve creating a community gallery, a specialist ‘built environment’ library, five units to be let out to small businesses and two meeting rooms.”

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Photo of library today (2017):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, during our holiday in the Peak District in August 2017. The library was still closed, but looks to be in good condition, and I was heartened to find the newspaper article listed below, which hints of a positive future.

Web links:

Tamworth library

Brief description

Built during 1904-5. When first built, the Free Library was managed by a committee of trustees, but in 1917 was taken over by the Borough Council.

Superseded by a new library, which was opened in 1973.

Current status: Now known as the Carnegie Centre, a base for various voluntary organisations in the town, (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library today:

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Details:

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Not yet

Web links:

  • Article on the Tamworth Heritage Trust website

Stafford library

Brief description

The former borough library of Stafford, originally known as the ‘New Free Library’, was designed by the Liverpool architects Briggs, Wolstenholme and Thornely in 1912 and extended in 1962 by the borough architect. It was partially funded by the charity of Andrew Carnegie, although apparently before the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust had been founded in 1913. Its foundation stone was laid by the Mayor of Stafford, Cllr. C W Miller on 19th February, 1913.

Current status? The building closed in 1998 when the library was moved into the centre of town, and initially became the Stafford Performing Arts centre. It was sold to a developer in 2011, but plans to turn it into a restaurant did not happen. When I saw it (2016) it was for sale.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1914

Photo of library today:

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Visited?

Saw this building on 4 April 2016 – on the way to visit the new library, which is in the centre of town, about a 10 minute walk away.

Web links: