Pemberton library, Wigan

Brief description

The architects were J. B. & W. Thornely. The library was built on a corner plot at the junction of Ormskirk and Ellsmere road, in the Edwardian Baroque style.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1999

Current status: No longer a public library, now used as offices (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Photo of library today (2008):

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Photo © Galatas (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Hartlepool library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid by HH Murray JP on 27 May 1903. The architect was H.C. Crummack, Borough Engineer. A house for the librarian was built next door. Robinson John Marshall was the original contractor.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1985

Current status: Library closed in 1999 (moved to a new site) and the building was converted to offices. Its official re-opening was on June 15 June 2006. It now houses part of Hartlepool Council’s Libraries staff and is also home to the Council’s Sports Development Team (2009)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1903

Photo of library today (2014):

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Photo credit: flickr user Tom Bastin (via cc licence)

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Monkwearmouth branch library, Sunderland

Brief description

Carnegie paid for 3 branch libraries in Sunderland: Hendon, Monkwearmouth and West Branch (Kayll Road library). All are built in red brick a similar style (Edwardian baroque) as each had to follow a basic plan produced by Sunderland librarian John Alfred Charlton Deas. Monkwearmouth branch was designed by Edward Cratney, of Wallsend and Sunderland. The site was the gift of JG Addison.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1994.

Current status: The library closed in 2013. The building has now been taken over by production company MCC Media  (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: Total grant was £10,000 (originally for 2 branches, but they managed to stretch it to 3)
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 21 October 1909, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today:

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Rawmarsh library

Brief description

The present building dates from 1904, a fact noted on the commemorative plaque outside the front entrance. It is a traditional red brick building on the main Parkgate and Rawmarsh Road. Carnegie offered £3,000 to Rawmarsh Urban District Council in 1903, and a further £72 in 1906. The architect was Mr J Platts.

Current status: After closure (2011?), was used as council offices, then news in 2016 confirmed plans to convert it to accommodation for ‘vulnerable young people’. (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £3000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 5 June 1905

Photo of library today (2008):

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From Geograph © Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Penistone library

Brief description

The architect was Henry R Collins. The doors are marked with a small ‘AC’ monogram in stained glass, and ‘Carnegie Free Library’ is carved on the stone lintel.

Current status: Replaced by a new library in the 1960s. Now used as council offices. (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: Carnegie matched the funding raised by local people.
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1913

Photo of library today (2007):

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Penistone library, © Copyright David Ward and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Not yet

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  • Article about the current library, contains a brief reference to the Carnegie funded library

Normanton library

Brief description

The grant was offered in 1902 and construction started in 1905. The library was built by R Leake and Sons, of Normanton, and Mr WA Robinson was appointed librarian and caretaker.

Current status: No longer a public library (closed on 26 October 2001 when the new library opened), it appears to be used as local authority offices (2011)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1902
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 29 May 1907 by Sir William Garforth

Photo of library today (2011):

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Yes, in 2011. Caused a bit on confusion when we asked where the library was, as of course they initially directed us to the new one. We found the old one though, and it seemed to be in good repair, although there was no indication who was using it as offices.

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