Maybush Library was situated in Wimpson Lane near to the Maybush public house. It was built in 1951 and was opened by the mayor, Mrs M. Cutler, in 1952. It was a pre-fabricated structure and was intended only to be a temporary library until a larger permanent library could be built in the area. It was closed down in 1965 and demolished to make way for extensions to the Ordnance Survey’s new headquarters. A children's service was continued in St. Peter's Church Hall, Lockerley Crescent off Romsey Road until 1978, when Lordshill Library finally opened.

Maybush Library, Wimpson Lane

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Photograph, c.1952

Inside Maybush Library, Wimpson Lane

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Photograph, c.1952

Staff outside Maybush Library, Wimpson Lane

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Photograph from a Staff Photo Album, taken the day before the temporary library closed 17 September 1965

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Further reading:

‘The Development of Public Libraries in Southampton, 1887-1921’, by Richard Preston in Southampton Local History Forum Journal, no. 15, Summer 2009, p 1-20. (HS/h)


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