Andrew Carnegie offered £1,500 to Tinsley Urban District Council in 1903. The site was given by Earl Fitzwilliam, and the architects were Messrs Holmes & Walson of Sheffield. Designed in the renaissance style, it was faced in local pressed bricks and Grenoside stone dressings. The foundaton stone was laid by Sir William Holland MP in July 1904.
Current status: Boarded up when we visited in 2009, can’t find out what its current status is – if anyone local can let me know, please leave a comment.
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £1,500
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 8 June 1905, by Thomas Wilkinson, the managing director of Wm Cook and Co.
Photo of library in 2009:
Old photo of library (postcard):
Yes, in 2009, when it was boarded up (having been a childrens centre)
- Article about Tinsley library from the ‘Reading Sheffield’ group. Includes photo of when it was still open as a library. Part 2 (linked from the first article) details the debates that took place before the library was built. Once council member was vociferous in his opposition to the plans – he didn’t want to accept the funding from Carnegie, but was eventually voted down. It also includes details from local papers about the library – which I’ve used to update the information above. A third article – which includes a lovely photo of the opening ceremony, goes into detail about the stock available when the library was first opened.