The architect was John E Goodacre. From the website linked below: “Thomas Smith was a Mansfield Town Councillor who lived at 18 Bagshaw Street. By profession he was a builder and donated a piece of land further along the street on which the Free Library was built. …. When the Library was closed, Mansfield Borough Council, as it then was, put the building up for sale for £575. It was bought by a local butcher, Alf Fensome, who had it converted into a bungalow, in which state it still exists today.”
Current status: Library closed in 1941. As described on the website linked below, it is now residential. (2020)
Described as being in the Edwardian classical style, the building was designed by Walter G Payton of London. The foundation stone was laid on 28 July 1905 by David Davies of Llandinam (the founder of Barry Docks). The main contractor was Messrs Edwards Bros of Trefechan.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1987
Current status: Closed in 2012, and since 2016, when it was sold, there have been ongoing plans for redevelopment, but no work has yet taken place .
Year grant given: 1903
Amount of grant: £3,000
Year opened (and by who): April 1906 by Mrs Vaughan Davies of Tanybwlch, the wife of local MP Matthew Lewis Vaughan Davies.
Photo of library today (2019):
Although I didn’t take any photos, I have found this one on flickr, which shows the lovely art nouveau tiles.
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Many times, when I was a student. But as far as I know, I didn’t take a single photo!
Originally built as a private house for wealthy cotton mill owner, Nicholas England.
In 1907 it was converted to become the Colne Carnegie library and a date stone of 1907 was placed above the main entrance. Closed as a library in 1972, and the building was taken over by the Providence Independent Methodist church. They moved out in 2012, and the building was sold. Proposal put forward in 2015 to convert it into flats (and advert seen on Right Move website, 2018).
The present building dates from 1904, as 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 Joseph Platts. Mr WH Trehern was the contractor.
Current status: After closure (2011?), it 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 by Sir WH Holland MP
The library opened in 1906 and contained the living quarters for the librarian. The design also incorporated a lecture room for educational purposes. The library was re-modelled and re-furnished in 1932 (details and photos in the web link below).
Its use as a library was discontinued in 1975 when a new community library was opened in the shopping centre up the hill. ‘Carnegie House’ is now a series of flats. The florally embellished ‘Free Library’ lettering high up on the corner is still clearly seen.
Current status: Residential (2021)
Year grant given (if known):
Amount of grant: £3000
Year opened (and by who – if known): 25 June 1906 by Sir William Holland MP
Links to some of the apartments which can be rented (contain lots of photos): The Bronte apartment – in what was the reading room, the Shakespeare apartment, and the Austen apartment – in what was part of the large conference room, in the rounded end of the building.