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Islington Library foundation stone Islington Library - Spenser & Bacon

Plaque: Islington Library foundation stone

Erection date: 16/6/1906


This stone was laid by Alderman Henry Mills JP Mayor of Islington on June 16th 1906.

W. F. Dewey - Town-clerk, J. Duff-Brown - Librarian, T. F. Bryen - Chairman of Committee, Henry T. Hare - Architect, C. P. Roberts - Builder.

Site: Islington Library - Spenser & Bacon (3 memorials)

N5, Holloway Road, Islington Central Library

Spenser to the left; Bacon to the right. The frieze announces proudly 'Islington Central Library'. Above the keystone of the porch the date is given: '19 AD 06', confirmed by the art nouveau influence of the three ladies' heads below the frieze, also by Schenk.

This is one of the Andrew Carnegie Libraries. Architect Henry T. Hare, who, according to Wikipedia, had a habit of etching or carving a hare in every building (just the ones he designed, not every one he entered, that would be silly) but sadly in their centenary publication for the library Islington say this is "not visible today".

The Hammersmith Library was erected at the same time by the same team (Carnegie, Schenk and Hare).

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T. F. Bryen

1906 Councillor and Chairman of the Public Libraries Committee and Chairman o...

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William Francis Dewey

Islington Town Clerk in 1894, 1897 and 1906.  Was interviewed by the Charles ...

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J. Duff-Brown

Islington Librarian in 1906.  We believe he also published books on librarian...

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Henry T. Hare

Architect.  born Scarborough.  Specialised in libraries: Hoxton, Hammersmith,...

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Alderman Henry Mills JP

Mayor of Islington in 1906.  Also secretary of the National Sunday League.

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Islington Library - Bacon

{In the sculptured panel below his feet:} Bacon

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Islington Library - Spenser

{In the sculptured panel below his feet:} Spenser

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