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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 1st September, 2021)

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall
Side view of the one time Carnegie Hall.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Michael Gormally on 1st September 2021 at 08:36

It was never known as Carnegie Hall. That is a major concert hall in NYC. The place was known as Carnegie Library. It was there that, as a child, I developed my life-long love of reading.

Comment by: irene roberts on 1st September 2021 at 10:09

Was this the library at one time? It's a lovely building.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st September 2021 at 10:20

What I would term as a stately building. The design is impeccable...

Comment by: PeterP on 1st September 2021 at 10:47

If you are driving you cannot take in the view of the library,same with the front of the building. You need to walk around to see a lot of these old buildings.

Comment by: Joanne on 1st September 2021 at 12:41

Thanks, Dennis, a striking photo of a beautiful building. It’s Grade II listed, and a commemoration stone dates it as 1907, but I can’t find which architect(s) designed it: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1384504

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 1st September 2021 at 13:00

I used to pass the library twice a day when I was on the bus going to school from Wigan to Ormskirk. All the Carnegie Libraries are fine buildings.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 1st September 2021 at 13:15

There are many interesting buildings in and around Wigan both old and new, but you miss them if you just drive past them every day.
It's amazing what you come across when you start looking away from the beaten track.

Comment by: Cyril on 1st September 2021 at 14:04

Joanne, the architects were J. B. & W. Thornely. From here: https://carnegielegacyinengland.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/pemberton-library-wigan/

According to Cindy in a discussion about it in 2008 it was riddled with Woodworm, I remember there was a vast amount of wooden cladding around the walls, so plenty of wood for those worms to chew on.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 1st September 2021 at 17:16

Dennis, you are stood just a few doors away from the house I lived in when I got married on Ellesmere Rd (18). I did love going into the library when I was younger though...what a great atmosphere it had. Thanks for the info, Joanne.

Comment by: Cyril on 1st September 2021 at 19:23

First floor offices are for rent and you can view them here:



The photo collage shown appears to be of the original rooms of the building, there's a bigger photo of it on link B.

I never went upstairs nor knew that you could as I only looked in the children's section on the ground floor, and that was only on a few occasions as we began to use the mobile library.

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