Beoley library / reading room

Brief description

A curious one for this site. The building is listed in the Gazeteer of Historic Public Libraries as demolished. However, the Beoley village website [link below] clearly acknowledges that funds for the building came from Andrew Carnegie, and describe the Reading Room as having been opened in 1905. They then state:”After the First World War, the Worcestershire County Council delivered a regular supply of library books which were loaned out weekly by volunteers.”

The gazetteer lists the architect as WF Edwards.

Current status: Village hall (2017)

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

Photo of library today:

The website below contains a photo of the village hall.

Details:

A photo of the foundation stone is on the village site linked below. It states the stone was laid 13 May 1905 by Councillor TV Allen.

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Malvern library

Brief description

Designed by Henry A Crouch in a loosely Baroque style and built by James Herbert. The land was given by Sir Henry Foley Grey, who was Lord of the Manor of Malvern and also Chairman of the Malvern Urban District Council at the time. His donation consisted of a meadow, so that the library would have space around it for a garden. The local benefactor, CW Dyson Perrins, also gave an additional £3,000 so that the building could ‘be more complete and with better fittings’. Perrins’ grant also paid for a lecture hall, to the south of the entrance, to seat 200.  [from the listing]

The foundation stone was laid by Lady Lambert on 9 February 1905.

The library was restored in 1967 and an extension to the ground floor and basement was added to the east side in 2005, which replaced and extended the additions of 1936.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2012

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by xx (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 17 May, 1906 by Mrs Dyson Perrins

Photo of library today (2008):

geograph-1005101-by-Philip-Halling

Photo credit: Philip Halling and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Details:

geograph-2291919-by-Bob-Embleton

Photo credit:  Bob Embleton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links: