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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 15th June, 2021)

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall
Ormskirk Road.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
Views: 2,152

Comment by: Derek Platt on 15th June 2021 at 00:46

Good photo again Dennis. That's one part of Wigan that hasn't changed.

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 15th June 2021 at 01:04

A familiar sight from many years ago. Traveling from Wigan to my home in Orrell, we always passed the Carniegie library at that fork in the road. Excellent photo, sadly I will never see the scene again.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 15th June 2021 at 08:03

Nice photo, Dennis.

I wonder what the building is used for now.? I lived across the road and used to go in it when I was young, it was so peaceful and quiet, as libraries are.

Comment by: kath on 15th June 2021 at 08:22

I loved that library as a child. i would walk up from Billinge Road even when quite young and I remember peering over the counter while the lady looked for my ticket. I still love reading.

Comment by: Basil Brush on 15th June 2021 at 09:23

couldn't get used to the place, myself, all them books with big words in so a never botherd.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 15th June 2021 at 10:26

That's carnegie library in Pemberton.

Comment by: David Barker on 15th June 2021 at 10:43

Who's bright idea was it ,to plant two trees directly at the front , spoils the view of the impressive façade of the building.
Good photo Dennis.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 15th June 2021 at 11:21

The same thought crossed my mind David, I’ve nothing against trees, but it was a bit thoughtless to plant them there.

Comment by: DH on 15th June 2021 at 12:33

We used to pass it on our way to my nan's in Norley Hall. It always reminded me of the Library in Ashton (where I lived), in the split between Old Road and Wigan Road.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 15th June 2021 at 12:48

I remember it being the Carnegie Library..without trees...used to pass it twice a day on the bus, to & from school in Ormskirk. As far as I know there is still a Carnegie Library building in Dartford, Kent & its still used as a library.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th June 2021 at 14:47

Most Carnegie libraries were built in a similar vein. It's a good composition, though the trees at the front of the building detract from the facade as someone else has mentioned.

Comment by: Cyril on 15th June 2021 at 16:40

They all do have a similarity about them with a clock tower as in those libraries and city halls you see in American films, I suppose with him being Scottish/American the original plans for the libraries would have been drawn by an American architect.
Here's a site listing Carnegie Libraries in England, though the one in Ashton centre isn't listed?

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