Beoley library / reading room

Brief description

A curious one for this site. The building is listed in the Gazeteer of Historic Public Libraries as demolished. However, the Beoley village website [link below] clearly acknowledges that funds for the building came from Andrew Carnegie, and describe the Reading Room as having been opened in 1905. They then state:”After the First World War, the Worcestershire County Council delivered a regular supply of library books which were loaned out weekly by volunteers.”

The gazetteer lists the architect as WF Edwards.

Current status: Village hall (2017)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant:
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library today:

The website below contains a photo of the village hall.


A photo of the foundation stone is on the village site linked below. It states the stone was laid 13 May 1905 by Councillor TV Allen.

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


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