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Free Library and Church Street, Stourbridge.

An excellent real photographic image of the former library with Hagley Road to the right.

Free Library, Colley Gate.

Free Library, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, circa 1920.

Three Carnegie libraries were donated by the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, of which this is the largest. It was built by the Rowley Regis Urban District Council in the early 1900’s. The other two were Tividale (replaced by Oakham Library in 1966) and Blackheath. This library at Cradley Heath was the largest and is now Grade II listed.

The foundation stone was laid on 27 November by John Hilton, Chairman of the Urban District Council and all three libraries were opened officially on 15 November 1909.

This information is from the website www.sandwell.gov.uk

Plant Street, where I lived until I was seven, is to the left of the library, and Corngreaves Primary School built in 1848-1849 and reconstructed in 1895 is at the rear of the library.

The Toll End, Tipton library was opened on 12 August 1907 by Joseph Powell Esq. This is not to be confused with the Central Library in Victoria road which was opened on 30th May 1906 by Councillor W W Doughty. Both were funded by the Victorian philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

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