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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.
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'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.