Philanthropist’s Library

 

The Philanthropist’s Library
Visited with: Alex Burnell
Visit date: August 2015

Please Note: Entry is always through an open access point and not by forcing our way in….. We are explorers, not vandals.

History
The construction of the library was funded by a well known businessman and opened in June 1905 and remained in use up until 2006 when the building was closed due to safety concerns.

The good news is that a charity who would like to renovate the building and give it a new lease of life have just received a grant. Renovation work has begun and the plan is to have work complete within the next couple of years.

Philanthropists Library

Philanthropists Library

Philanthropists Library

Philanthropists Library

Philanthropists Library

Philanthropists Library

Philanthropists Library

Philanthropists Library

Final thoughts
Even though a lot of the original features inside the building have been removed due to either damage or restoration purposes the bits that still remain give you a feel of how this place would have looked. The green tiles shining on the lower parts of the wall, the stunning woodwork nicely polished and the beautiful stonework running around the edge of the ceiling all lit up by the natural light streaming in through the skylights and dome.

I do not normally include a historical photo but I thought this time it may help people visualise how the library once looked. Hopefully the renovation project will bring the building back to life and allow the local people to enjoy it like those in the photo below.

Philanthropist's Library

If you would like to purchase a print of any of the above photos or any photos on this website you can contact me via the email form on my contact page for more information.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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