Didsbury library

Brief description

John Henry Price (city architect) was the architect of Didsbury Library, on Wilmslow Road and he described it as; ‘designed in the fifteenth century gothic style with tracery windows and emblems of Science, Knowledge, Literature, Music and Arts and Crafts in stone distributed over the building’. He also designed Chorlton library.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1974

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Manchester city council (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): Saturday 15 May 1915

Photo of library today (2011):

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Photo © Gerald England (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

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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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Sefton Park library

Brief description

Sefton Park, which was opened by AC himself, contained a children’s library, Liverpool’s first open access loan collection and an all-female staff (a tradition which is still maintained at this branch). It was designed by the city surveyor, Thomas Shelmerdine in the Tudor Revival style. Lots of interior details remain, including the simple art nouveau style railings around the gallery.

In the 1960s, a small flat roofed extension was added. This is now the children’s library (and not included in the listing!).

Awarded Grade II listing in 2012

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Liverpool city council (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: Liverpool received £40,000 in all – for 4 branches and 2 reading rooms. Sefton Park library cost £5,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 3 August 1911, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (showing AC at the opening ceremony):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, in June 2017, on a visit to Liverpool which also took in Garston (another Carnegie legacy library), Kensington library, and Central library.

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Ipswich library

Brief description

The Carnegie United Kingdom Trust made a grant of £22,500. Plans confirmed and building started in 1922. The architect was H Munro-Cautley.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1977

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

  • Year grant given (if known): 1921
  • Amount of grant: £22,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): formally opened on 3 September 1924 by Sir Charles Sherrington, G.B.E., O.M.

Photo of library today (2007):

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

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Hammersmith library

Brief description

The architect was Henry Hare, who designed a building in the Baroque style. (Note, he also designed libraries in libraries in Wolverhampton, Harrogate, Southend, Islington, Shoreditch and Fulham.) Sculptural ornaments including figures of Shakespeare & Milton and reliefs of literature and Art, Industry and Science. The sculptor was Frederick Schenk

The library was refurbished and reopened in 2014.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1980

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2017)

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

Photo of library today (2014):

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Photo credit: Hammersmith and Fulham council (shared via flickr under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Fulham library

Brief description

The architect was Henry Hare.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1908

Photo of library today (2006):

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Photo credit: flickr user imagesofgb4u (shared under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Cubitt Town library

Brief description

aka Isle of Dogs library. The architect was C Harrold Norton. The site in Cubitt Town was acquired by Lady Margaret Charteris and the builders were Messrs Watts, Johnson & Company. The library facilities were on the ground floor, with a caretaker’s flat above. Most of the ceiling in the lending department fell to the floor around 1912, and the building suffered some bomb damage during WWII. The newspaper room to the right was slightly altered and a community hall was added to this side in the 1962

Awarded Grade II listing in 2006

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Tower Hamlets (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £15,000 for 2 libraries: this one and one in Bromley-by-Bow. This library cost £6,805 13s 10d in total
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 14 January 1905, by local politician Will Crooks MP

Photo of library today (2005):

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

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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