Abergavenny library

Brief description

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

Visited?

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.

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Pontypool library

Brief description

The benefactors of this library were Carnegie, who was approached by the Pontypool Urban District Council in 1904, and pledged £2,000, and Mr J. C. Hanbury, who donated the site. The architects were Speir [or Spear] and Beavan, from Cardiff. Mr W. H. Campbell of Pontypool was hired to build the library at a cost of £1,889.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1997.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Torfean council. (2020)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £2,000 
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 21 eptember 1908, by Mr J. C.  Hanbury.

Photo of library in 2012 :

Photo credit: Pontypool Library cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Jaggery – geograph.org.uk/p/3328893

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links: