Failsworth library

Brief description

The architects were Ernest Ogden and Percy Cartwright Hoy. The library was on Oldham Road.

“The library moved out of this building into a then modern building around the corner in the 60’s/70’s and the library was used as council offices for many years and became a bit dilapidated. Then about ten or fifteen years ago the council saw sense and it was refurbished, extended and they moved the library back in” (source – blog post linked below.)

Current status: Not sure when the library moved out again – but it is currently in the buildings next door to the original library, which were originally council offices. The library space is now offices. (2021)

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  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909

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

Old photo of library (postcard):

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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)

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Astley Bridge library

Brief description

Architects were Bradshaw, Gass and Hope (who were also responsible for Bolton central, and Great Lever libraries – the latter was also a Carnegie library).

Current status: Closed as a public library in 2012. Currently used as offices by mail room equipment supplier Franking Sense. (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1910

Photo of library today (2012):

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© Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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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):

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Crompton library, Oldham

Brief description

Built on Beal Lane. aka Shaw and Crompton library. Architect was Jesse Horsfall

Current status: No longer a public library (closed in 1989), the building has been redeveloped into apartments.

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 2 February 1907, by JW Cockroft, former chair of Crompton UDC

Photo of library today (2016):

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Photo credit: flickr user Jeff Carr (with permission)

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Ashton in Makerfield library

Brief description

A former lecture hall and library, now a library, built in 1905-6 to a design by the architects J B & W Thornley. Along with Carnegie, the Gerard Estate is listed as a benefactor of this library (perhaps the descendents of Sir Gilbert Gerard, a prominent lawyer, politician, and landowner in Tudor times who had large estates in Lancashire and Staffordshire).  The children’s library was added when the lecture hall fell out of use.

Refurbished and reopened in 2006 to mark its centenary.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2009

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wigan libraries (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1906

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Not from my collection, this was found via flickr 

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Tyldesley library

Brief description

Opened in 1909 on the site of the old Temperance Hall and Mechanics Institute on Stanley Street. The architect was Arthur John Hope (from the firm Bradshaw Gass and Hope).

Current status: Closed in 2020 when plans were made to relocate library services to the Town Hall. The article on the plans below notes: “The restrictive covenant on the library also prevents the land from being used for anything other than a free public library for the people of Tyldesley……… but the council could try and convince the beneficiary to allow alternative uses, or apply to the Land’s Tribunal to remove or change the covenant.” (2020) This is the first restrictive covenant I’ve seen on a library in the UK – although they are more common in other countries.

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  • Year opened: 18 December 1909, by Charles Eckersley

Photo of library in 2008:

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Photo credit: SMJ and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Old photo of library (postcard):

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