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Radcliffe library has a very strong connection with the Bealey family. In 1902, the Urban District Council applied to Andrew Carnegie, a U.S. millionaire of Scottish extraction, for a Public Library Grant. The Carnegie U.K. Trust responded with an offer of £5000 topwards the cost of building a Public Library for Radcliffe.

Radcliffe library has a very strong connection with the Bealey family. In 1902, the Urban District Council applied to Andrew Carnegie, a U.S. millionaire of Scottish extraction, for a Public Library Grant. The Carnegie U.K. Trust responded with an offer of £5000 topwards the cost of building a Public Library for Radcliffe.

Radcliffe Public Library John C Bidgood MP. at the Public Library Golden Jubilee Dinner

Radcliffe Public Library John C Bidgood MP. at the Public Library Golden Jubilee Dinner

A Book made into a Movie- Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus-Mary Shelley October 2, 2015, Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy

A Book made into a Movie- Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus-Mary Shelley October Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy

Radcliffe, Stand Lane, view from Co op looking S 1970s Shops on left, Barclay's bank at the end of the row. Radcliffe Public Library and in the background St John's church spire.

Radcliffe, Stand Lane, view from Co op looking S Shops on left, Barclay's bank at the end of the row. Radcliffe Public Library and in the background St John's church spire.

Radcliffe Public Library

Radcliffe Public Library

The original Bridge Methodist Chapel. This building in Stand Lane began life as the Bridge Methodist Chapel in 1815, went over to commercial use when the fast-expanding congregation built its larger church near by in Milltown Street in 1833, and was demolished in 1906 to make way for the public library which opened there in the following year. From 1883 to 1901 it was the printing works for the weekly Radcliffe Express.

The original Bridge Methodist Chapel. This building in Stand Lane began life as the Bridge Methodist Chapel in 1815, went over to commercial use when the fast-expanding congregation built its larger church near by in Milltown Street in 1833, and was demolished in 1906 to make way for the public library which opened there in the following year. From 1883 to 1901 it was the printing works for the weekly Radcliffe Express.

Radcliffe, Milltown Street Public Library Demolition

Radcliffe, Milltown Street Public Library Demolition

Radcliffe Public Library Archibald Sparke at the Public Library Golden Jubilee Dinner

Radcliffe Public Library Archibald Sparke at the Public Library Golden Jubilee Dinner

Despite this generous offer, the Local Authority had second thoughts about taking responsibility for the cost of the annual upkeep of the proposed library and the question of “Shall Radcliffe have a Public library” became a controversial issue.  The Literary & Scientific Society ran its own referendum and campaigned vigorously for acceptance of the Carnegie offer, with eventual success.

Despite this generous offer, the Local Authority had second thoughts about taking responsibility for the cost of the annual upkeep of the proposed library and the question of “Shall Radcliffe have a Public library” became a controversial issue. The Literary & Scientific Society ran its own referendum and campaigned vigorously for acceptance of the Carnegie offer, with eventual success.

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Radcliffe Public or Free Library was a library funded with a grant of £5000 by Andrew Carnegie the philanthropist. It was opened on the 19th October 1907 by Mr JR Ragdale.

Radcliffe Public or Free Library was a library funded with a grant of by Andrew Carnegie the philanthropist. It was opened on the October 1907 by Mr JR Ragdale.

Harry Potter movie cast READ poster: Daniel Radcliffe - The Master and Margarita, Rupert Grint - A Clockwork Orange, Emma Watson - Romeo and Juliet

Harry Potter movie cast READ poster: Daniel Radcliffe - The Master and Margarita, Rupert Grint - A Clockwork Orange, Emma Watson - Romeo and Juliet

Radcliffe Public Library

Radcliffe Public Library

Radcliffe Public Library G F Leighton at the Public Library Golden Jubilee Dinner

Radcliffe Public Library G F Leighton at the Public Library Golden Jubilee Dinner

Radcliffe Public Library Ald. Rev. W Metcalfe, Public Library Golden Jubilee Dinner

W Metcalfe, Public Library Golden Jubilee Dinner

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