Listed Libraries of the North

The Historic England Blog

Libraries have played in an integral part in English literary history.

Notable authors and academics have used them as their place of work and research, and they frequently form the hub of the local community. Often housed in grand public buildings, libraries face considerable pressures as heritage buildings.

There are 363 English public libraries on The List, recognised for their architectural and historic importance. We recently listed 6 public libraries in the North of England at Grade II.

Here we take a look at what makes these buildings nationally important:

Beverley Library, East Riding of Yorkshire

Beverley Library © Alastair Coey Architects Beverley Library © Alastair Coey Architects

This Edwardian public library was funded by a private endowment from successful industrialist and art enthusiast John Champneys. It was built in stages- the core block in 1906 was designed by John Cash in Jacobean-revival style. His son Herbert Cash added a gallery extension and reference library…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

2 thoughts on “Listed Libraries of the North”

  1. Rae, I found an online store called – the books run about $4. – they have seven million books, they say – and, they don’t charge for shipping on orders over $10. ! I hope you are having a great day! Gay


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    1. I have a few books picked out that I’d like to have. I would have to ask you or Andrew to order them and have them shipped to me here at the house, then reimburse you/Andrew with a check. P does not want me to order anything on line. We used to have a pay pal account, but we never used it, so P discontinued it.


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