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Report - Carnegie Library - Shipley, England - March 2020


CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Shipley, England
March 2020

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HISTORY
Carnegie Library, on the corner of Leeds Road and Carr Lane, was built in 1905 after Andrew Carnegie, a world famous industrialist and philanthropist, donated £3,000 through his Carnegie Trust for the opening of a new library. Constructed to designs by Bradford architect Abraham Sharp, the library had space for 8000 books, and upstairs housed a student’s room, a ladies’ room, a patent journal room, toilets for both sexes, a tea-room and a lecture hall which could accommodate 150 persons.
Later, the upstairs floor apparently came to be used as a function hall and ballroom, but when the new Shipley library was opened in 1985, the building closed. It was reputedly leased to the Irish Folk Music Society and a Pentecostal church at one time or another, but it was sold to private owners in 2006 and has since been left in a state of neglect.

EXPLORE
This one was veryyy sketchy as its right in the open, on a very busy junction which meant there were cars and pedestrians everywhere. Anyway, managed to get in unseen.
Its safe to say this building has seen better days. The outside is quite striking, and I can clearly see that this was once a gorgeous and well placed Yorkshire landmark. Unfortunately the powers that be in Shipley have let this 115 year old building decay, and decay badly. A large chunk of the roof is destroyed meaning the upper floor is badly water damaged, and was very dodgy to walk on. Downstairs is cluttered with old rotting trees, mattresses, fridges and other items of junk.

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Thanks for looking.
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
Regular User
Wow that is some serious derpage, really sketchy, but you can see some really nice features there. That opening shot of the external shows what a beautiful building this is. What a waste. Nicely shot and strangely captivating, I like this :thumb
 

Five.Claws

General Nuisance
28DL Full Member
I can imagine this was some true imperial grandeur back in its day. Almost poetic how its now a broken shadow of itself, disrespected and rotten to the core. But enough about the UK, the library was pretty interesting too! ;)
 

Pedromayn

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Funny enough just saw this on the Abandoned Locations page on FB and clicked onto here to see it posted here, too.

Lovely building, shame to see it in this state.
 
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Angelsfire83

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
This looks like it was once a grand building. Its features have been captured very well in your photos. Sad to see it in such a bad state
 

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