Boldon Colliery library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid on Saturday 12 November 1904 by Mr JG Addison. Funding provided by Carnegie, and Mr Carr Ellison.

In 1937, the community received a grant of £200 from the Carnegie UK Trust, towards the cost of modernising the library. [source: article in the Sunderland Daily Echo, 27 July 1937]

Current status: Demolished in 1985

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £1,500 [poss]
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

 

Links:

  • Articles in the Shields Daily Gazette: A public library for Boldon Colliery, and in the Sunderland Daily Echo: Free library for Boldon Colliery (online via the BL newspaper archive)

 

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Birchfield library

Brief description

Details found in the Gazeteer of Historic Public Library Buildings 1850-1940. Photos found on Birmingham Images website seem to indicate a different story. the caption reads: “Interior of Birchfield Public Library, Perry Barr, looking remarkably smart in 1952. The building dates from 1874 but only became a branch library in 1886.”

I found references on other sites to Birchfield Road library (Aston) – but no details.

Current status: Demolished in 2007

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

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Bethnal Green library

Brief description

The original architect in 1896 was James Tolley. Building converted by borough architect A.E.Darby. History (taken from the listing entry): The Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green did not pass the Public Library Act until 1913, subsequently preparing plans for a new library by the borough engineer and surveyor A.E. Darby in 1915. However, WWI intervened and the prohibitive rise in building costs afterwards resulted in their constructing instead a temporary institution in 1919. When soon afterwards deciding to undertake a permanent institution, the borough purchased part of the Bethnal House Asylum Estate, the former male wing that had been built in 1896. A.E. Darby instead designed the conversion of what was a much larger facility, including an Adult Lending, Reference and Children’s libraries, as well as a Lecture Hall and Newsroom. It cost £36,000 and was built by Messrs. Patman and Fotheringham, with G.W. Hammer & Co. supplying the furniture.

Funding awarded by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2005. Listing describes it as “Late Victorian Classical exterior with inter-war library interior in the mid-C18 Adam-inspired style” and mentions “4 plaster medallions in curved niche behind colonnade (Richard Wagner, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and William Morris) commemorate interesting choice of cultural heroes.”

Refurbished in 2015.

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 13 October 1922, the the Mayor, Councillor JJ Vaughan

Photo of library today (2012):

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Thanks to flickr user Tom Bastin (shared under cc licence)

Details:

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links:

Ripple Road library, Barking

Brief description

Library was designed by architects CJ Dawson Son and Allardyce. The grant was made by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Destroyed by fire in 1967

  • Year grant given (if known):
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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1924

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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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):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Pemberton library, Wigan

Brief description

The architects were J. B. & W. Thornely. The library was built on a corner plot at the junction of Ormskirk and Ellsmere road, in the Edwardian Baroque style.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1999

Current status: No longer a public library, now used as offices (2017)

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

Photo of library today (2008):

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Photo © Galatas (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Details:

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Atherton library

Brief description

Application was made in 1902 and once agreed, a site was chosen on York Street. The Bolton architects Bradshaw and Gass were appointed in 1904.

The library was refurbished in the 1950s, and extended in 1970.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wigan council (2017) Article below states that there was a plan for the building to close and library services to be moved to a room in the town hall. Later article says customer services point is to be moved into the library.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £4,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 May 1905, by Lord Ilford

Photo of library today:

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Atherton library. Photo credit: Thomas McGrath – Hidden Histories article linked below

Details:

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Art nouveau bronze plaque commemorating the opening. Photo credit: Thomas McGrath – Hidden Histories article linked below

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links: