Llantwit Fardre library

Brief description

The architect was Arthur Lloyd Thomas of Pontypridd. The builders were the Price brothers of Cardiff. In the pediment is a scrolled ribbon reading ‘Coreu Arf – Arf Dysc’ (the best tools are the tools for learning), and a clock. 

Awarded Grade II listing in 2000

Current status: It converted into a community hall in 1964 when a new library was built behind it (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £1,500
  • Year opened (and by who): 2 September 1906, Sir D Alfred Thomas

Photo of library in 2020 :


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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A brass plaque records the opening of the library. “It was erected through the generosity of Andrew Carnegie who presented £1,500 for the purpose, and it was opened on September 1st 1906 by the parish councillors and the Rev John Jenkins.”

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Dolgellau library

Brief description

The architect was Edward A Fermaud of London. The builder was Edward Evans. The site was paid for by public subscription, and the foundation stone was laid on 30 May 1911. A plaque on the front of the building commemorating this has 3 names: Mrs Davies, Dolrhyd; Mrs Roberts, Clodwyn; Col GF Scott, Penmaen UCHA. A large stucco frieze along the top of the building says: Darllenfa Rydd Dolgellau (Dolgellau Free Library). This had been lost, but was restored when the building was fully restored in 2014.

Current status: No longer the public library – Current use uncertain, maybe community centre. Maybe known as the Dolgellau Institute. (2021)

  • Year grant given: 1910
  • Amount of grant: £1,000
  • Year opened: May 1913, by Dr J Myles Esq

Photo of library in 2014 and in 2022:

 © Copyright Jeff Buck and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence geograph.org.uk/p/4448343
Building in 2022.

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One of a pair of plaques under the windows – the one the other side is in welsh.

Old photo of library (postcard):

The Institute: Dolgelley (with thanks to John Ellis for the image)

Visited?

Yes, during a holiday in North Wales in 2022. Still no wiser about the current use of this building, although it still looks very smart. And as it is very hard to take photos of, being down a narrow lane, I’ve added my photo to the one I found on geograph, which was taken in 2014 (with sun on the front, and no cars!).

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Coedpoeth library

Brief description

The local MP, Samuel Moss, was intrumental in obtaining the grant from Carnegie. The Parish Council led the process and appointed William Moss as architect. Four builders tendered for the work, and in April 1904 it was given to Mr Samuel Moss. 

When opened, the ground floor featured a billiard table in a games room, as well as a refreshments room, with the rear of the building used for meetings of the local parish government.

Current status: Now used by the local council and as a community space. (2021)

  • Year grant given: 1904
  • Amount of grant: £1,500
  • Year opened (and by who): 10 December 1904, by Samuel Moss MP

Photo of library in 2007:

Coedpoeth Library
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Eirian Evans – geograph.org.uk/p/606241

Details:

A report of the opening ceremony states a plaque was fixed to the wall, reading: “Bersham Parish Council. This Library was erected with a gift of £1,500 given by Andrew Carnegie, Esquire, Skibo Castle, and opened this day by Samuel Moss, Esquire, M.P.” 

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Aberfan library

Brief description

Small single storey building with tall, neo-gothic windows.

Current status: Closed as a public library, refurbished and used as a community centre (2021)

  • Year grant given: 1902
  • Amount of grant: £700
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): January 1903

Photo of library in 2012 :

Aberfan Old Library
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Jaggery – geograph.org.uk/p/3027136

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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  • Nothing found online yet beyond the Geograph entry above, and a written record in the Griffiths book: Free and Public – Andrew Carnegie and the libraries of Wales.

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?

Not yet

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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. This was the year the foundation stone was laid.

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 and MP Sir Samuel Thomas Evans – thanks to local historian who provided the information in her comment below)

Photo of library in 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

Visited?

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?

Not yet

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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

Visited?

Not yet

Web links: