Mexborough library

Brief description

Architects: Deacon and Hosburgh of Liverpool. Builder: George Saul of Rotherham.

Funding came from Carnegie, and FJO Montagu donated the land. The latter was a member of a wealthy local family, who also gave £1,500 towards the establishment of the Montagu Hospital, in Mexborough, in 1901.

Current status: Replaced by a new library, whihc opened in January 1993. From 2006, the building was refurbished and became an indian restaurant, known as the Spice library (2019)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): …”towards the end of May 1906 by Mr Kelley CC of Wath using a gold inscribed key.” (from Mexborough Heritage Society – newsletter February 1993 – archive no longer fully online)

Photo of library in 2019:

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Details:

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Yes, during a holiday in Lincolnshire in November 2019. Unfortunately during the day, so the restaurant was closed and we couldn’t take a look inside.

Web links:

  • The Spice Library – restaurant website. Includes photo gallery – showing no remaining evidence of the library inside.

 

St Albans library

Brief description

Built in 1911, (foundation stone has the date October 1910) the building was designed by local architect F Guilford W Dudley, after a competition. It followed the typical Carnegie formula of a grand entrance accessed by a flight of steps. It is locally listed. The builder was Mr OP Drover of Kettering.

It continued to house the City’s public library until replaced in the 1980s by a new one in the Maltings development on the opposite side of Victoria Street. The library closed on 18 April 1988, and was sold. It is now an O’Neills Bar. You can still see the stained glass window which includes Andrew Carnegie holding the building in his hands.

Current status: Bar/restaurant (2018)

  • Year grant given (if known): Approach made in August 1909.
  • Amount of grant: £3,000. Building eventually cost £4,290. Carnegie was approached again in 1912, and he contributed a further £597 (see Talking Buildings report linked below)
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 10 October 1911, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today (2011):

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Photo credit:  Ian Capper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Details:

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links:

Taunton library

Brief description

Architects were Alexander Colbourne Little and Ingreson C Goodison [Goodson], and the builder was TH Moggridge.

Current status: The library closed in 1996, and it became a winebar/restaurant.

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Foundation stone laid: 13 October 1904
  • Year opened: 24 August 1905 by the Mayor: Josiah Lewis

Photo of library today:

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Details:

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The brass plaque from the library which is now on the wall in the new one.

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Foundation stone still visible on the old library.

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Found the old library in 2008 when returning from a holiday in Cornwall. Visited the new library in Taunton in April 2016, and saw the brass plaque

Web links:

Location 16 on Taunton Town Heritage Trail