Whitchurch library

Brief description

The building was designed in the Flemish Baroque style by R and S Williams of Cardiff and built by W T Morgan. The war memorial in the garden in front of the library commemorates the dead from two World Wars.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2002

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Cardiff City council (2019)

  • Year grant given (if known): The parish first petitioned the Carnegie Foundation for a grant in 1899 (but weren’t successful immediately)
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 14 December 1904

Photo of library today (2019):

Single storey red brick building, with war memorial in front (statue of a man on a tall plinth)
Whitchurch library

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Brass plaque noting the Andrew Carnegie donated £2,000 to the council to enable the library to be built
Plaque in Whitchurch library, recording Carnegie’s donation

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, during our holiday in South Wales, June 2019. There was a poster in the library with details of their plans for refurbishment and changes. The current entrance is round to the side of the library, and leads into the modern extension. That is going to be closed, so the configuration of those rooms can be changed. The library will once again be entered via the original front door – seen on the left hand side of the photo above.

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Newport library

Brief description

Known as Carnegie library, this was the main library in Newport until a new one was built in 2015. The architect was C T Ward.

Current status: Closed in 2015. No longer a public library, now run as a nursery (2019)

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 14 March 1907

Photo of library today (2019):

Newport former library - a red brick and stone single storey building

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, during our holiday in South Wales in June 2019. We couldn’t go inside, but the nursery is clearly busy and the building looked to be in good repair.

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Rogerstone library

Brief description

Site was given by the Rt Hon Lord Tredegar, who later opened the library. The building was designed in Edwardian free classical style, by Swash and Bain. There is a stone cartouche on the front inscribed with the date: 1905.

The library was refurbished in 2002-3 and reopened by the Mayor of Newport.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2003.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Newport City council (2019)

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 4 November 1905, by Lord Tredegar.

Photo of library today (2019):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, during our week in South Wales, June 2019. The library was open and I enjoyed hearing stories from the member of staff about how it was said to be haunted! He had heard voices when the library was closed, and once saw a lady in a long dress by the entrance.

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Aberystwyth library

Brief description

Described as being in the Edwardian classical style, the building was designed by Walter G Payton of London. The foundation stone was laid on 28 July 1905 by David Davies of Llandinam (the founder of Barry Docks).

Awarded Grade II listing in 1987

Current status: Closed in 2012, and since 2016, when it was sold, there have been ongoing plans for redevelopment, but no work has yet taken place [2019].

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): April 1906 by Mrs Vaughan Davies of Tanybwlch.

Photo of library today (2019):

Thanks to geograph user Colin Cheesman (published under cc licence)

Details

Although I didn’t take any photos, I have found this one on flickr, which shows the lovely art nouveau tiles.

flickr user: Emily. Published under cc licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Many times, when I was a student. But as far as I know, I didn’t take a single photo!

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Buckley library, Flintshire

Brief description

The architect was R Cecil Davies.

Current status: A new library was opened in 1977. Carnegie library now Council offices, according to the Gazetteer of public library buildings.

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 7 September 1904

Photo of library today (2011):

buckley-flintshire-wales

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

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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