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):

Nothing in my collection yet

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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):

Nothing in my collection yet – but there is a picture in the news article below

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Gateshead library

Brief description

In 1916 the Carnegie Trust of Dunfermline offered Gateshead a grant of £15,000 for a new public library (John Johnstone’s library on Swinburne Street was now too small). In 1918 Arthur Stockwell was appointed as architect. Initial designs were costed above the grant, even though it was raised to £16,500. Stockwell died. In 1925/6 a reduced design was executed by David Ditchburn with a top-up loan of £6,500 from the government.

The library echoes the design of its neighbour the Shipley Art Gallery. Ionic portico with two ranges capped with small domes and one-storey wings. It was operated on the open-access system. It was extended in red brick by Leslie Berry, Borough Architect in 1975/6 and remains the town’s main library (Taylor and Lovie, 2004).

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

  • Year grant given (if known): 1916
  • Amount of grant: £16,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1925

Photo of library today (2009):

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Photo: flickr user Les Bessant (shared under cc licence)

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Enfield Highway library

Brief description

Architect was the local district surveyor, Richard Collins.

Extended in 1938.

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1910

Photo of library today (2016) :

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Photo credit: Julian Osley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

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Enfield central library

Brief description

Architect was Richard Collins.

Extended in 1963, and again in 2010 – the latter 2 storey glass extension winning ‘Best Built Project’ at the London Planning Awards in January 2011.

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

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1912

Photo of library today (2010) – showing mainly the huge extension):

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Photo credit: flickr user Adam Bowle

Library entrance (2006):

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Photo credit: Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

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