Worthing library

Brief description

The building was erected on the old Richmond House site and the architect was Henry A. Crouch A.R.I.B.A., much of the cost being born by Andrew Carnegie, Sir Robert Loder and Alfred Curtis. The success of the library owed much to the energy and vision of the Borough Librarian and Curator, Miss Marian Frost , who had been appointed to the post in 1901.She wrote to Carnegie, who refused at first, as “the town already had a library”. She persevered, explaining how inadequate it was, and he eventually agreed.  The library continued in this location until 1975, when the new Worthing Library was built in Richmond Road.

Carnegie visited in May 1909, and was given the Freedom of the Borough.

Current status: Now just houses Worthing museum and art gallery (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £6,200
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): December 1908

Photo of library today (2010):

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From Geograph© Copyright Basher Eyre and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Not yet

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Littlehampton library

Brief description

This was the first purpose-built public library in West Sussex. The land was donated by the Duke of Norfolk. The building was extended in 2002.

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £2,607, 9s 3d (that was the total cost of building)
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 30 May 1906

Photo of library today (2011):

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Littlehampton library

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Hove library

Brief description

Foundation stone laid on 10 June 1907 by Bruce Morison JP (former Mayor). Designed by architects Percy Robinson and W. Alban Jones of Leeds, in the Renaissance style. FG Minter was the building contractor, and the final cost was £13,500.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1992.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Brighton and Hove council (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £10,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 8 July 1908, by Margaret Elizabeth Villiers, the Countess of Jersey

Photo of library today (2010):

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Details: the interior

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, several times.

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