Abercanaid library

Brief description

The site was purchased by Merthyr urban district council from the Wingfield and Mackintosh estate. The architect was T F Harvey, council surveyor. The library was built by Enoch Williams of Dowlais.

Current status: Demolished

  • Year grant given: 1902
  • Amount of grant: £700
  • Year opened (and by who): January 1903, by Mr Arthur Daniel

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet – although the news article included in the link below contains a line drawing, and Alan George’s article contains several photos.

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Tividale library

Brief description

One of three public libraries opened in 1909 by Rowley Regis Urban District Council; the other two being Cradley Heath public library (listed Grade II) and Blackheath (listed Grade II but no longer a public library). The architects were Herbert Winkler Wills and John Anderson. The Shelf Life project notes that it was built from (or at least faced with) limestone.

Current status: Demolished.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Boscombe library

Brief description

Library was designed by borough architect Charles Thomas Miles.

Current status: Demolished in 1965, after the library moved to a new home.

    • Year grant given (if known):
    • Amount of grant: Total of £10,000 to build 4 libraries: Westbourne, Springbourne, Winton and Boscombe. Boscombe was allocated £4,000
    • Year opened (and by who – if known): 22 June 1910, by Mayor G E Bridge

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Nothing in my collection yet, but this image was shared (under cc licence) by Alwyn Ladell

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Boldon Colliery library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid on Saturday 12 November 1904 by Mr JG Addison. Funding provided by Carnegie, and Mr Carr Ellison.

In 1937, the community received a grant of £200 from the Carnegie UK Trust, towards the cost of modernising the library. [source: article in the Sunderland Daily Echo, 27 July 1937]

Current status: Demolished in 1985

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £1,500 [poss]
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

 

Links:

  • Articles in the Shields Daily Gazette: A public library for Boldon Colliery, and in the Sunderland Daily Echo: Free library for Boldon Colliery (online via the BL newspaper archive)

 

Birchfield library

Brief description

Details found in the Gazeteer of Historic Public Library Buildings 1850-1940, say that the library was opened in 1904. Photos found on Birmingham Images website seem to indicate a different story. Their caption reads: “Interior of Birchfield Public Library, Perry Barr, looking remarkably smart in 1952. The building dates from 1874 but only became a branch library in 1886.” Perhaps the 1904 date refers to a Carnegie funded extension?

I found references on other sites to Birchfield Road library (Aston) – but no details. The Shelf-Life project has a pin on their map for Handsworth-Perry Barr Institute, Birchfield Road. Also marked as demolished.

Current status: Demolished in 2007

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

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Wood Green library

Brief description

The architect was Charles J Gunyon. Few other references found, other than the line: A central library, built at the junction of Station and High roads with a donation from Andrew Carnegie, opened in 1907.

Current status: Demolished in 1973

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Gorleston on Sea library

Brief description

Designed by the borough architect, John “concrete” W Cockrill “in his familiar and distinctive terra cotta style”. The depot for the tram service was next door. The tram service gave way to buses in 1930, but the library remained until 1975, when the joint sites were developed into the present day library.

Current status: Demolished in 1975.

  • Year grant given: 1905
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Details:

Plaque – on the current Gorleston library

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet – but there is a picture in the news article below

Visited?

Clearly it is impossible to visit the original library now, but we found the plaque, and saw the modern library which was built on the same site, when we visited Gorleston in June 2022. 

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