Kensal Rise library

Brief description

The library was  built on land belonging to All Souls College, Oxford, by Architects Done Hunter and Co. of Cricklewood. It was built in two stages, first a reading room and librarian’s office, but when that became too small, the decision was made to appeal to Carnegie for funds to enlarge the building and make space for a lending library. The extension was also designed by Done Hunter and Co – specifically, their architect Murray Rust.

Current status: Closed by Brent council in 2011, but re-opened and run by a community group in 2019  (2019)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £3000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): Reading room opened on 27 September 1900, by Mark Twain, and the library by Judge Rentoul on 13 May 1904.

Photo of library in 2011:


Photo © Robin Webster (cc-by-sa/2.0)


Old photo of library (postcard):

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