Thursday, 1 September 2016

Stockport Library

The library on the corner of Wellington Road South and St Petersgate was founded in 1913 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie and designed by Bradshaw Gass & Hope of Bolton. A listed building, it is considered a good example of a Carnegie Library with many features typical of the building type.

The library is built of red brick and Portland stone in a Baroque/Renaissance style with a corner dome and a tall finial to the corner of St Petersgate. There is a five-window range flanked by a bay to the south which is framed by banded pilasters and has a tall arched window, cornice and cartouche in the frieze. At the other end a similar bay contains the main entrance. It has an attic storey with small windows and a rusticated basement taking the fall of the land. The corner domed bay has banded pilasters, and the elevation to St Petersgate is broadly similar to the Wellington Street South elevation.

A contribution to the Library theme at City Daily Photoblogs.


  1. What a beautiful building! You've chosen well for the theme.

  2. We have so many Carnegie libraries to love and appreciate. What a wonderful thing to happen for all book lovers!!

  3. That is a wonderful building! What a great man Carnegie was to fund these libraries all over the world.

  4. Wow what a great building. It is so much more than just a library.

  5. Where would libraries be with Carnegie's fortune?