Burley library

Brief description

Situated on Cardigan Road, this library was built in 1926. The library cost £8,338 to build, a large amount of this came from the Carnegie Trust. It is a simlar design to the libraries in Bramley and Compton Road.

The architect was Gilbert Burdett Howcroft, and the building was designed in the Neo-Georgian style. Note on the architect: Gilbert Burdett Howcroft was a lieutenant in the First World War and colonel in the Second World War, and designed the Grade II war memorial obelisk on the top of Alderman’s Hill, Saddleworth. He was later President of the Manchester Society of Architects in 1953-5.

Current status: Closed February 2016

Awarded Grade II listing in 2017

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: c£8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 15 June 1926, by Alderman Sir Percy Jackson, Chairman of the West Riding Education Committee.

Photo of library in 2007:

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RichTea [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Compton Road library

Brief description

The cost of this library was met by a grant from the Carnegie Trust. Built of brick with stone trim, the library is of similar layout to Bramley and Burley branches which were also built at this time. An adult lending area in the centre, children’s library to one side and a reading room on the other with glazed screens between the different areas.

Current status: Much was demolished, but what remains is part of the much bigger Compton Centre – which contains a library run by Leeds City Council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £11,332
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 16 March 1927.

Photo of library today (2008):

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Betty Longbottom [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Bramley library

Brief description

The cost of the library was defrayed by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Leeds City Council (2020)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1916
  • Amount of grant: £4,700
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 7 July 1927 by The Right Honourable The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, C. M. G., Chairman of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trustees

Photo of library today (2011):

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Photo credit: Leeds libraries

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Plaque commemorating the opening. Photo credit Leodis – a photographic archive of Leeds (and thanks to @Leedslibraries for sharing it in a tweet)

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Morley library

Brief description

Foundation stone was laid on 28th September 1905 by the Mayor, Councillor William Middlebrook. The architect was WE Putman.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1986

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Leeds council (2017). There are plans to refurbish and make the library into a hub – bringing in the council contact point. This will have the benefit of opening up an area that had been partitioned off for offices.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £6,170
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 27 October 1906 by Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine Esq. (a Manx politician and author )

Photo of library today (2017):

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Plaque in the tiled entrance hall, recording Carnegie’s donation. The entrance also contains a mosaic in the floor, of the town coat of arms, which also appears in stained glass upstairs.

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Recording the foundation stone laying ceremony.

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Some of the beautiful art nouveau tiles which line the library downstairs, and up the stairwell.

Old photos of library (postcards):

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Visited?

Yes, in September 2017.

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