Shame Gorleston’s Carnegie library was demolished
I was interested to read Peggotty’s memories of Gorleston’s Carnegie Library in last week’s Mercury, opened in the 1900s with a £2,000 gift from Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carngie. He gave away $350m and 660 Carnegie libraries were built.
I have heard it said many times the library should never have been demolished, followed by the tram shed. The blue plaque for this unveiled on the wall of the current library instead.
I remember the children’s library being upstairs, where the ticking of the clock could be heard. This still exists, in storage at Great Yarmouth, awaiting repair and a suitable location!
For visitors to King’s Lynn, their Carnegie Library – you pass it on the way to the bus station – is well worth a look. In 2015 it was 110 years old.
Apparently Andrew Carnegie anticipated as it was close to Sandringham, a member of the Royal Family would open it, but the mayor did it instead! Inside is stained glass, plaster busts of Andrew Carnegie and a spiral staircase with a view of Greyfriars Tower out of the window.
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