The architect was a local man: B.J. Francis, and it was built by Mr H Smith of Kidderminster.
The entrance has a stone head either side (see article below). One is Carnegie, the other is William Neville, the Marquis of Abergavenny. Carnegie did not attend the opening, but did visit in 1907, when he received the freedom of the borough, and an official ’thank-you’ from the town for his financial aid towards the library.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1974
Current status: Closed in 2020 and a new library is planned (2020)
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £4,000 (nb newspaper article below cites the cost of the building as £2,000)
- Year opened: 8 September 1906 by the Marquis of Abergavenny
Photo of library in 2008 :
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Yes, during a brief stop in the town in 2008. Didn’t go in though, and depending on the council’s plans for the building, looks like I might never see inside.