Westhoughton library

Brief description

The architects were Halsall, Tonge & Campbell. The library and Carnegie Hall was built next to the Town Hall – and its address is Library Street. The first librarian was J C Scott, who retired in 1943. 

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Bolton Council (2020)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 March 1906

Photo of library in 2020 :

© Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet – but the site linked below includes one.

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Halliwell library

Brief description

Architects: Henderson and Brown

Current status: Currently UCAN community centre (2017) “Providing resources and services to the residents of Bolton. Our facilities include library collection service, free internet access and use of free phone to contact Council services, utility companies and other agencies.”

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 29 September 1910 by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today (2012):

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Photo credit: Terry Whalebone (flickr – used with permission)

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Photo credit: Terry Whalebone (flickr – used with permission)

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Astley Bridge library

Brief description

Architects were Bradshaw, Gass and Hope (who were also responsible for Bolton central, and Great Lever libraries – the latter was also a Carnegie library).

Current status: Closed as a public library in 2012. Currently used as offices by mail room equipment supplier Franking Sense. (2017)

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

Photo of library today (2012):

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© Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Great Lever library

Brief description

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

Current status: Now a community centre (2017) [at least – approved for community use, but as the Oct 2017 article below states, the council are looking for specific occupants/use]. Update: Shelf Life project describes it as a community centre (2020).

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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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Farnworth library

Brief description

Designed by Bradshaw and Gass, architects, of Bolton for the Farnworth Urban District Council. The library forms a part of an ensemble of public buildings all designed by Bradshaw and Gass, and intended to form the civic focus of the newly-created Urban District Council of Farnworth. The group includes the Town Hall and the Baptist Church. [from the listing record]

The carved heads above the door are Mr A Topp JP who donated the site, and Andrew Carnegie.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1999.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Bolton council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 10 April 1911

Photo of library today (2012):

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Farnworth library, © Copyright Dave Bevis and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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