Hammersmith library

Brief description

The architect was Henry Hare, who designed a building in the Baroque style. (Note, he also designed libraries in libraries in Wolverhampton, Harrogate, Southend, Islington, Shoreditch and Fulham.) Sculptural ornaments including figures of Shakespeare & Milton and reliefs of literature and Art, Industry and Science. The sculptor was Frederick Schenk

The library was refurbished and reopened in 2014.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1980

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2017)

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

Photo of library today (2014):

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Photo credit: Hammersmith and Fulham council (shared via flickr under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Fulham library

Brief description

The architect was Henry Hare.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1908

Photo of library today (2006):

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Photo credit: flickr user imagesofgb4u (shared under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Cubitt Town library

Brief description

aka Isle of Dogs library. The architect was C Harrold Norton. The site in Cubitt Town was acquired by Lady Margaret Charteris and the builders were Messrs Watts, Johnson & Company. The library facilities were on the ground floor, with a caretaker’s flat above. Most of the ceiling in the lending department fell to the floor around 1912, and the building suffered some bomb damage during WWII. The newspaper room to the right was slightly altered and a community hall was added to this side in the 1962

Awarded Grade II listing in 2006

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

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  • Amount of grant: £15,000 for 2 libraries: this one and one in Bromley-by-Bow. This library cost £6,805 13s 10d in total
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 14 January 1905, by local politician Will Crooks MP

Photo of library today (2005):

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

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Great Lever library

Brief description

A plaque has the date 1909 (perhaps marks main building phase?) It was designed by the prominent local architectural firm Bradshaw Hope & Gass.

Current status: Now a community centre (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 29 September, 1910. Andrew Carnegie attended the opening ceremony

Photo of library today (2012):

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

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Gorleston on Sea library

Brief description

Designed by the borough architect, J W Cockrill. The depot for the tram service was next door. The tram service gave way to buses in 1930, but the library remained until 1975, when the joint sites were developed into the present day library.

Current status: Demolished in 1975.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1905
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

 Old photo of library (postcard):

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