Fratton library

Brief description

Built 1905-6 by Portsmouth Borough Council to the design by local architects, Arthur Edward Cogswell and George Rake, who provided their services free of charge. Earl Fitzwilliam was also a benefactor.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2011.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Portsmouth City council (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £4,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 12 September 1906

Photo of library in 2010:





Closeup of the front door, showing lovely stained glass and carving.


And the gorgeous stained glass inside.

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Briefly, in 2010, when on our way to catch a ferry. Then again in 2018, during a weekend spent in Portsmouth. The library is lovely inside – the space is now shared with several other family welfare/council services, but the main library space on the ground floor is light, with the stained glass taking a starring role.

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