Shirehampton library

Brief description

Dated 1904. Designed by the architect Frederick Bligh Bond in a Queen Anne revivalist style, and built by C A Hayes.

From the listing: On the 10 August 1903 Squire Napier Miles of King’s Weston Estate donated land to the parish of Shirehampton for the building of the public hall. It was built at a cost of £2715 and funded by a £100 donation from Squire Miles and funds from Barton Regis Rural District Council, which consisted of six civil parishes including Shirehampton. The library, which was not included in the original plan, had been added to the design by 1904, and its building was funded with an £800 donation from the Carnegie Foundation. The official opening of the public hall and library was on the 29 September 1904 but it was not until 6 March 1905 that the library was opened to members of the public.

[ask to see the workroom and old librarian’s office upstairs. It has a Carnegie plaque on the front door……shared with the village hall which was used for dances, amateur theatre etc.] Historic interest: the first performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’ was performed at the public hall on the 15 December 1920.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1977

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

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £800
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 29 September 1904

Photo of library in 2020:

Shirehampton library. Photo credit: Oriel Prizeman 2020. Image shared under CC license CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 Cardiff University AHRC Shelf Life project

Old photo of library (postcard):

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