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    Can anyone give me any info on the Kirkdale Library , Brock Street please?
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    The County Sessions Room (County House of Correction), Kirkdale, was opened on 5 November 1821. After the Gaol was demolished in the 1890s it became a public library until the 1950s when it too was demolished.

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    Many thanks, Philip. Is it likely there are pics of it do you think? It seemed a
    solid enough structure when I used it in the 30's and am very surprised that
    they thought it OK to demolish it in 1950. In seeking info on these buildings
    that have disappeared I am increasingly frustrated by having to ask Why. I
    notice that there have been other changes around them, often wholesale
    changes - should I assume that for the most part this is the result of the
    wartime bombing? I call to witness, the present state of the Kirkdale Rec
    nearby, the complete transformation not far away of the area where the
    Kirkdale Homes used to be - including the complete disappearance of Hogarth
    Road where I was born - and others I knew. Do you know whether there exists an easily accessible record of the structural damage done to Liverpool during
    the War?
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    Heres a photo of the later Kirkdale libary on Stanley Rd with the old U A B
    (Social Security for our younger readers) offices nex to it.
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    Hello Gregs Dad - many thanks for the picture. Can't say it enthuses me very
    much though - it doesn't compare with my memories of the old one! But that's
    often the case. Have you any idea why they didn't build it on the site of the
    old one? There would seem from the Google map of the area to have been
    plenty of room in the Kirkdale Rec (or is it really wreck now by the look of it?)
    All best wishes Stan H

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    Hi Stan.
    Here's an example of copying down information from different sources.
    My previous post came from (I think) a book about Kirkdale Gaol, and the following is Liverpool Libraries own version, which should be accurate.
    I don't know if the library in Brock Street was completely new or a rebuilding of existing premises.
    The cost is about right for a new building.
    I can't confirm that it was the War that resulted in its demolition.
    In answer to your earlier question, there isn't an easy way to find out if any particular building was destroyed in the War, but with it being a library, I'm sure I should be able to find out.

    You'll see that the building in GD's photo opened as an Evening Reading Room in 1911.
    I don't know when it closed.


    Kirkdale Branch Library, Brock Street/Sessions Road. Opened 21 June 1905. Cost: ?9,837. Architect: Thomas Shelmerdine. Demolished WW2.

    Evening Reading Rooms (Carnegie), 150 Stanley Road. Opened 13 June 1911. Architect: Thomas Shelmerdine. Cost ?2,351.


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