Horbury library

Brief description

Mr Benjamin Watson of Batley was appointed the architect in 1904. On 4th January 1905 the foundation stone was laid by Councillor A Horsfield, who returned the following year to officially open the library.

The first Librarian was James Kirkpatrick.  King George V and Queen Mary visited on 10 July 1912.

A tapestry depicting life through the ages in Horbury was created to mark the library centenary, and in 2013 the library was refurbished with new  furniture, lighting, blinds and carpets.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wakefield council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 14 February 1906, by Cllr A Horsfield.

Photo of library today (2010):

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Photo credit: Flickr user Tim Green (cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

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Castleford library

Brief description

Initial plans were made in 1902. The architect was Mr George H Vernon Cale, and his designs were approved in October 1903.

The library was expanded between 1928-33, and again in 1955-56. The most recent refurbishment (which took place after I visited), was in 2013. The new Library and Museum, renamed Castleford Forum was opened on the 9th December 2013 by Leader of Wakefield Council and local Castleford Councillor Peter Box.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wakefield Council (2021)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1902
  • Amount of grant: Originally promised £2,500, but this rose to £3,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 30 November 1905 by Sir John Austin, MP

Photo of library in 2011:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Yes, in 2011.

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Wakefield library

Brief description

Known as the Drury Lane library, it was designed by Trimmell, Cox & Co of Woldingham, Surrey and built by Bagnall Brothers of Wakefield. The foundation stone was laid on 15 February 1905 by  the mayor of Wakefield, Mr Alderman Childe.

The first librarian was Mr George Wood, who remained in post for 32 years. The library was extended in 1935 and a new junior library was opened in 1939.

Current status: No longer a public library, the building has been redeveloped into a facility for artists. It provides studios and exhibition space. It reopened in November 2015 following a  £3 million programme of work. (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 2 June 1906, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today:

Not yet obtained

Details:

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

Visited?

Not yet

Web links:

Normanton library

Brief description

The grant was offered in 1902 and construction started in 1905. The library was built by R Leake and Sons, of Normanton, and the architect was Arthur Hartley. Mr WA Robinson was appointed librarian and caretaker.

Current status: No longer a public library (closed on 26 October 2001 when the new library opened), it appears to be used as local authority offices (2011)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1902
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 29 May 1907 by Sir William Garforth

Photo of library today (2011):

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Details:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Visited?

Yes, in 2011. Caused a bit on confusion when we asked where the library was, as of course they initially directed us to the new one. We found the old one though, and it seemed to be in good repair, although there was no indication who was using it as offices.

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