Crosby library

Brief description

The architect was C J Anderson (blog post linked below says Anderson and Crawford, of Liverpool).  Described as being in free Renaissance style.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1996.

Current status: Closed in 2013. It may have been used as a community centre, but numerous plans were put forward which never came to fruition. News report in May 2020 (linked below) mentions plans to refurbish and turn into a “sustainable business hub.” 

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905 (although foundation stone plaque says 1904). Again – blog post differs – says opened in 1906.

Photo of library in 2009 :

Photo credit: Sue Adair. Geograph via wikicommons. Shared by CC BY-SA 2.0

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet – but the blog post below contains one.

Visited?

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Skewen library

Brief description

The architect was J Cook Rees. The book “Books, Buildings and Social Engineering: Early Public Libraries in Britain” includes the date 1905, while the stone over the door has the date 1904. More research needed!

Current status: Currently a community centre, owned by Coedffranc Town council. News items (linked below) indicate that the library service may relocate back to the building! (2019). Update – see comment below – library services are due to return and the library will reopen in March 2020. 

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 10 June 1905 by Mrs Blanche Evans (the american bride of local lawyer – thanks to local historian who provided the information in her comment below)

Photo of library today (2019):

Red brick building with yellow stone details

Old photo of library (postcard):

Visited?

Yes, on our way back from a week in Pembrokeshire.

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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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Not 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

Visited?

Not yet

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Bulwell library

Brief description

The grant was given by the Carnegie UK Trust. Over the main entrance is the inscription: Nottingham public libraries Northern branch. The architects were Bright and Thoms.

Current status: Reopened as a dance school in 2013. Take 5 Theatre School of Dancing still occupy the building. (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1923

Photo of library today (2009):

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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

Visited?

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Hendon branch library, Sunderland

Brief description

Carnegie paid for 3 branch libraries in Sunderland: Hendon, Monkwearmouth and West Branch (Kayll Road library). All are built in red brick a similar style (Edwardian baroque) as each had to follow a basic plan produced by Sunderland librarian John Alfred Charlton Deas.  Hendon branch was designed by Edward Cratney, of Wallsend and Sunderland. The foundation stone was laid by Councillor J Hindmarch, of the Museum and Library Committee, on February 26, 1908.

Current status: The public library closed in 2014, and reopened as a community centre. It is run by a charity: Back on the Map, and as a one stop shop for the community it combines book lending with an IT drop in centre,  NHS services and space for local groups (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant:  Total grant was £10,000 (originally for 2 branches, but they managed to stretch it to 3)
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1908

Photo of library in 2020:

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

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Photo showing the stone carved details, by flickr user She-who-must, shared under cc licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Not yet

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Tamworth library

Brief description

Built during 1904-5. The architect was Ernest Robert Danford. When first built, the Free Library was managed by a committee of trustees, but in 1917 it was taken over by the Borough Council.

Superseded by a new library, which was opened in 1973.

Current status: Known as the Carnegie Centre, a base for various voluntary organisations in the town. (until 2019) Update: News article (linked below) mentions plans to turn it into a restaurant. “The venue will be restored to its original 1905 structure and then turned into a dining space.” (2020)

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  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library in 2020:

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

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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