SJ9594 : Hyde Library

taken 7 years ago, near to Hyde, Tameside, Great Britain

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Hyde Library
Hyde Library
The public library on Union Street (A57). This view is from Crook Street.
Hyde Free Library and Technical School
Hyde Library was originally Hyde Technical School and Free Library. The foundation stone was laid in 1897 and it opened in 1899 replacing the former Mechanics Institute. LinkExternal link

In recent years the building was shared between the library and Tameside College. The library was extensively refurbished in 2006 and a new gallery installed to local artist Harry Rutherford. However in 2012 the gallery was moved to the Central Art Gallery in Ashton under Lyne.

In a first round of "council austerity cuts" the public were presented with three "choices" regarding the future of library services. Smaller local libraries were closed in the light of promised improved facilities at main libraries such as Hyde.

At the beginning of 2015 despite earlier local protests the "library services" were transferred to a few cramped rooms inside the Town Hall.

Despite its historic importantance to the town it is not a listed building and as the local council view it as an "un-used asset" its future is insecure and a future sale and demolition remains a possibility. A Facebook Group, Friends of Hyde Library LinkExternal link has been set up to try and preserve the building as a facility for the town.

See the original Victorian plans for the library on Old Hyde: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 18 November, 2011
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  Educational sites  Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 95026 94735 [1m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.9612N 2:4.5817W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9502 9476
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Public Library  Nineteenth Century  19th Century  Victorian 

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