East Greenwich library

Brief description

Designed by Sydney RJ Smith in a free Edwardian Baroque style.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1993

Current status: Closed in 2015.

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library today (2006):

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Details:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes – back in 2006 when it was still open.

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Woolwich library

Brief description

Erected by the Woolwich Local Board of Health. The architects were Messrs. Church, Quick and Whincop.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2007.

Current status: Closed in 2011, I don’t know what the plans are for this building.

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 8 November 1901, by Lord Avebury

Photo of library in 2011:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

We visited I think just after it had closed in 2011 – so the library signs were all still in evidence.

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Eltham library

Brief description

The architect was Maurice B. Adams. Borough of Woolwich is carved in the stone above the former entrance – another illustration of how borders have shifted in London, as this library is now in Greenwich.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2000.

Current status: Still a library [2016], but now part of the modern “Eltham Centre” – which also contains a leisure centre and cafe. I’m glad they kept the frontage – and yes, the library is still behind those windows, but that is no longer the front door. The centre’s entrance is around the corner.

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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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Visited?

We visited in 2011, and had a quick wander round the new Eltham centre.

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West Greenwich library

Brief description

By the architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas, known for buildings in the baroque revival style, who also designed Deptford library. Given Grade II listing in 1973.

Current status: Still a library, now managed by Better (formerly GLL)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Photo of library today:

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Details:

Oval plaque on the front which reads:”The gift of Andrew Carnegie Esq”

Old photo of library (postcard):

Visited?

Passed by many times – haven’t been in yet. Photo was taken in 2014.

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Plumstead library

Brief description

This building, designed by Frank Sumner, borough engineer, is on Plumstead High Street.

Grade II Listing was awarded in 2016.

From the listing entry: “The library was originally laid out with the reading room in the very well-lit north-east room, the newspapers and magazines in the large north-west room, and the adult lending library was held in the south-west, with a book store, offices, and a ‘music, art and study room’ partitioned off opposite. The issue desk was positioned at the entrance to the lending library. Evidence exists to suggest the library may originally have operated on a closed access system. The first-floor museum was opened in 1919.”

Current status: Still operating as a public library. Although when it was opened it was in the London Borough of Woolwich, it is now situated in Greenwich, and run by GLL.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £15,250
  • Year opened: Opened by the Right Honourable John Morley MP on 17 December 1904

Photo of library today:

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Details:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

[to be scanned]

Visited?

I visited on a Saturday (2 July 2016) and the library was open and fairly busy. Virtually all the public computer terminals were in use and there were a couple of families in the children’s section.

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