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Fenton Library, Baker Street, Fenton

Fenton Free Library - completed in 1906

  • Land was donated by William Meath Baker.

  • The architect was F.R. Lawson.

  • Building was paid for by a £5,000 donation from the Carnegie Trust.

Along with Burslem library the library in Fenton was closed in 2011 by the Stoke-on-Trent City Council as part of the local governement spending cuts.

 

Fenton Library - opened in 1906, closed in 2011
Fenton Library - opening details 2011

 


 
Fenton Library - opening details 1907

FENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY.

The Library and Newsroom is situated in Baker-street, and is open to the public as follows:-

Lending and Reference Department.óDaily (excepting Thursdays and Saturdays), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Newsroom.óDaily, from 9 a.m. to 9 30 p.m.

The Lending Department contains 2,185 volumes, and the Reference Department 485 volumes.

Librarian, Peter Fury; Assistant, J. M. Caulcott.

 


 

Baker Street - the library is on the corner of Baker Street and Glebedale Road
Baker Street - the library is on the corner of Baker Street and Glebedale Road
Willliam Meath Baker provided land behind the new town hall for building a public library

The Baker family owned a large pottery business in Fenton

 

The impressive Fenton Library - April 2011
The impressive Fenton Library - April 2011

Located in the vicinity of the former town hall (now used as the Magistrates Court), 
and Albert Square, it is one of the cityís most important buildings

 

a postcard of the Carnegie Building c.1910
a postcard of the Carnegie Building c.1910

The library building was completed in 1906 to the rear of Fenton Town Hall on a site donated by William Meath Baker, with cost of its construction covered by a donation from the Carnegie Trust, hence the name of the building.

Fenton Library Committee in 1907:

Fenton Library Committee in 1907:

Library Committee.óCouncillors Elliott, Shenton, Brain, Brunt, Fox, Goddard, F. S. Hughes, Lawton, Mountford, Myatt, Wain, and Twyford. Chairman, Councillor Goddard; vice-chairman, Councillor Twyford.

 

 


Fenton Free Library
Fenton Free Library 

 


the impressive entrance to the Library
the impressive entrance to the Library 

 

detail of the oriel window on the first floor
detail of the oriel window on the first floor

 

 


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related pages

"Libraries gave us power" - each of Stoke-on-Trentís six towns had its own public library, and each one is a major architectural statement.

Lower Lane and the Baker family - Lower Lane was an area of Fenton which lay along the Newcastle-Uttoxeter road (now City Road) as it passed from Longton through to Stoke. In 1775 Lower Lane and Lane Delph were among the most populated parts of the area.


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