Failsworth library

Brief description

The architects were Ernest Ogden and Percy Cartwright Hoy. The library was on Oldham Road.

“The library moved out of this building into a then modern building around the corner in the 60’s/70’s and the library was used as council offices for many years and became a bit dilapidated. Then about ten or fifteen years ago the council saw sense and it was refurbished, extended and they moved the library back in” (source – blog post linked below.)

Current status: Not sure when the library moved out again – but it is currently in the buildings next door to the original library, which were originally council offices. The library space is now offices. (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1909

Photo of library in 2020 :

Former library. Photo credit: Oriel Prizeman 2020. Image shared under CC license CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 Cardiff University AHRC Shelf Life project

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Royton library

Brief description

Architects were Butterworth and Duncan.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Oldham council although not for much longer. See article below – services to be moved to the Town Hall and the building could be sold off.  (2018)

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

Photo of library today (2007):

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Royton Library cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Stanley Walkergeograph.org.uk/p/500873

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Chadderton library

Brief description

Designed by Arthur R Grant and James Lindsay Grant of Manchester in the Jacobean Revival style, for Chadderton UDC. Built during 1904-5, shortly after the construction of the neighbouring police station and the first public baths, these buildings being the town’s earliest purpose built civic buildings, forming the original core of the town.

The building was altered during the 1950s, losing a cupola, flagpole and part of the parapet to the tower above the entrance.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2011.

Current status: Remained in use as a public library until 2010. It was sold in 2011 and bought by Community Skills Development Agency (CSDA) who planned to turn it into a training centre. (2016)

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

Photo of library today (2014):

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Photo credit: flickr user Jeremy Sutcliffe, shared under cc licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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