Mansfield library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid by Mrs AB Markham on 6 July 1904. Land for the library was donated by the Duke of Portland. The architects were Ernest R Sutton and FW Gregory.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1994

Current status: Converted in 1975 and became the Mansfield arts centre (2017)

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

Photo of building in 2017:

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Note the additional storey!

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Not yet

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Workington library

Brief description

Originally built as the public library and ajoining Carnegie lecture hall. The open competition attracted 74 entries and the winners were Messrs W.A Mellon and George Wittet (of York). Alderman R.E Highton formally laid the foundation stone for the new library on 10th September 1903. The contractor for the red sandstone building was Messrs J.I Wilson and Co.

From 1907 The Council Chamber (Now Monroe’s Bar) was located in the Carnegie Library and was used by the Borough Council for its meetings. The lecture hall became a picture house in the early days of cinema, and remained one until 1958.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985

Current status: Closed in 1973, converted into the Carnegie arts centre and theatre. (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £7500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 6 October 1904 by Alderman Robert Ernest Highton JP

Photo of library today (2010):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Not yet

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Deptford library

Brief description

On 27th October 1905 a Public Libraries Service was opened in the former borough of Deptford. Andrew Carnegie promised a sum of £9000 for a central library and £4,500 each for two branch libraries. The present site was purchased for the central library in October 1909 for £5,600. Originally three shops stood here. Andrew Carnegie was again approached in August 1910 with a request to increase the funding. The final figure for the central library amounted to £12,000.

The architect was Sir H (?) Brumwell Thomas, who also designed West Greenwich library.

The Deptford Central Library was closed down in June 1991. The vacant building suffered heavily from vandalism, attracted squatters and became a venue for illegal raves. The damage in the first year was estimated at £70,000. The local pressure group, the Friends of Deptford Library, convinced the local authority that the building not be sold for redevelopment but remain in community usage and in March 1994 Lewisham ARthouse moved in.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1973.

Current status: Now an arts centre (2016)

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  • Amount of grant: £12,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 18 July 1914

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in 2006, but the building wasn’t open, so we only saw the outside.

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Hackney library

Brief description

Foundation stone laid by HRH Princess Christian on 23 March 1907. The architect was Henry Crouch.

Current status: Now an arts venue (2016)

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  • Amount of grant: £12,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 28 May 1908 by the Prince and Princess of Wales

Photo of library today (2009):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, saw it in 2009.

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Homerton library

Brief description

Designed by Sir Thomas Edwin Cooper, the entire building was built from scratch in just 9 months, 1912-13.

Given Grade II listing in 1981.

Current status: Closed as a library in 1974, became Chats Palace arts centre. (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known):  1913

Photo of library today (2010):

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Photo credit: flickr user sarflondondunc (cc licence)

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Wakefield library

Brief description

Known as the Drury Lane library, it was designed by Trimmell, Cox & Co of Woldingham, Surrey and built by Bagnall Brothers of Wakefield. The foundation stone was laid on 15 February 1905 by  the mayor of Wakefield, Mr Alderman Childe.

The first librarian was Mr George Wood, who remained in post for 32 years. The library was extended in 1935 and a new junior library was opened in 1939.

Current status: No longer a public library, the building has been redeveloped into a facility for artists. It provides studios and exhibition space. It reopened in November 2015 following a  £3 million programme of work. (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 2 June 1906, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today:

Not yet obtained

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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New Cross library

Brief description

Designed by Gerald Warren and Stanley E Castle.

Current status: now a music studio [2016]

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 July 1911

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Not yet in my collection

Visited?

Drove past this former library, the carving above the door confirms it as a carnegie (just – its very faint!).

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Levenshulme library

Brief description

The first brick was laid on 5 December 1903 and the library opened in 1904. The architect was James Jepson.

Current status: Closed in 2016 when the new Arcadia library and leisure centre opened in central Levenshulme. See news article linked below – the building has been redeveloped, and reopened as an arts and community centre in 2018.

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

Photo of library in 2016:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Visited on 13 April 2016 (after it had closed, so I only saw the outside).

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