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Bloomsbury ( Lingard) Library Nechells

GER22VAN

master brummie
Can Bloomsbury Library be saved? At the moment the doorway is held up by what I would describe as two pole jacks.. I might add that plants in the brickwork do not help in the preservation of this fine Victorian building.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Ernie where is this library please?. I suppose you will say Bloomsbury but where is that?. Jean.
 

ASTONITE

master brummie
I have strong links with this area of Nechells, it will be a travesty if this wonderful building is lost, I suppose it depends if anyone has a vested interest in re-building the area. It will probably disappear in one of those'mysterious fires'
 

sylviasayers

master brummie
I haven't heard of any plans for closure, I agree it would be a great pity if it were demolished, it has a wonderful interior, and a lot of money was spent on the library just a few years ago. I wonder if Eric Hill knows anything about it as the Heartlands Local History Group hold/held their meetings there.
 

dek carr

gone but not forgotten
Jean it is located on Nechells Park Middleway i believe it is a listed building there is also one almost the same on Spring Hill. Dek
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
Ernie

It looks pretty superficial to me as its only the portico that is supported and that doesn't look much of a job either. There probably wasn't any danger of it falling anyway, but today with the HSSE as always I suppose they have got carried away.

It looks like the sort of job that back in my day would have cost a couple of Grand to put right but today who can say. I bet the scaffolding firm who erected the strutting got paid that.

Phil
 

GER22VAN

master brummie
GG Jean. On this old A-Z map you will see Linguard Street well this is not there any more as the library was on the corner. ( The black square was the Fire Station directly opposite the library.) Looking at the map I think Saltley Road is part of the Nechell's Parkway.
I hope this answers your question, in simple terms it is on Nechell's Parkway.
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
hello.ernie some called it lingard st library and bloomsbury library,same goes for the school.that was lingard st,but called bloomsbury st .confusing
 

GER22VAN

master brummie
Hello Pete, I wondered weather there was a district of Bloomsbury although I cannot say I had found a referent to it.
 
M

Mossy

Guest
Jean it is located on Nechells Park Middleway i believe it is a listed building there is also one almost the same on Spring Hill. Dek

Dek with all due respect they are both wonderful buildings but Spring Hill Library is far superior with all the gargoyels around it


Mau-reece
 

dek carr

gone but not forgotten
Yes Pete it was confusing considering its location and it having the words Bloomsbury Library set into the stone work i should imagine it was to serve the Bloomsbury area when built. Dek
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
ta for repy dek and ernie. that sounds like a comedy duo lol. i used the library a lot when i went to the school down the road.it has the same sort of brickwork as the swimming baths. as you say bloomsbury library, school. cop shop.fire station.tire.flats.and st.
 

sheri

master brummie
There is or was an area called Bloomsbury - it was formed by Ashted being extended to the north east to form the new suberb of Bloomsbury to merge with the district of Duddeston by 1834.
Sheri
 

dek carr

gone but not forgotten
Dek with all due respect they are both wonderful buildings but Spring Hill Library is far superior with all the gargoyels around it


Mau-reece
You are right Moss it is a grander building i was thinking in the broader sense i.e the Terracotta bricks and style. Dek
 

paul stacey

master brummie
I cannot imagine how many of these high victorian buildings have been destroyed I remember in the early 60's during the great building boom in Birmingham that landmarks disapeared overnight lets hope that there more people of greater imagination in todays local goverment preservation.
paul
 
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