Stoke Newington library

Brief description

The main building was built in 1892, designed by Bridgman and Goss. It was extended 1904 by Sidney Goss with funding from Carnegie – adding a lecture hall and the children’s library. A later extension houses the war memorial.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2003

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

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): The extended building was opened 11 June 1904, by Councillor John Glass JP

Photo of library today (2017):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in June 2017.

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Dalston library

Brief description

One of the 3 libraries in Hackney designed by Edwin Cooper (the other 2 are Homerton and Clapton).

Current status: Demolished, after being destroyed by a bomb in 1945.

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Hackney library

Brief description

Foundation stone laid by HRH Princess Christian on 23 March 1907. The architect was Henry Crouch.

Current status: Now an arts venue (2016)

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  • Amount of grant: £12,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 28 May 1908 by the Prince and Princess of Wales

Photo of library today (2009):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, saw it in 2009.

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Clapton library

Brief description

One of the 3 libraries in Hackney designed by Edwin Cooper (the other 2 are Homerton, and Dalston library (demolished). Described in the listing as being in a ‘restrained classical’ style. Built by F J Gorham. The foundation stone was laid on 17 May 1913, by the Mayor, Councillor Henry E Davenport JP.

Shepheard Epstein Hunter (who also worked on the Carnegie library in Enfield)  was commissioned to design an extension and restore the original fabric, and the newly extended library reopened in 2010..

Awarded Grade II listing in 2003.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Hackney council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 17 January 1914 by Councillor Charles Winkley, JP and (new) Mayor.

Photo of library today (2009):

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When I visited, the library was mid way through its refurbishment, so my photo shows more scaffolding than library…… must go back now it has reopened.

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, but see above…..

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Homerton library

Brief description

Designed by Sir Thomas Edwin Cooper, the entire building was built from scratch in just 9 months, 1912-13.

Given Grade II listing in 1981.

Current status: Closed as a library in 1974, became Chats Palace arts centre. (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known):  1913

Photo of library today (2010):

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Photo credit: flickr user sarflondondunc (cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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