Portswood Library was built in 1915 on land that had previously been part of the Portswood House estate. The estate, which included the west side of Portswood Road from Highfield Lane to Brookvale Road, was sold off in 1913. Most of this area was bought up for shops and for the Palladium Cinema, which was the first building to be erected on the site. Sidney Kimber, who was then a member of the Public Library Committee, bought the site next to the cinema for the new library, which was duly built in 1915.
The plaque commemmorating the erection of the library can be seen here:
Here is the library about 1975:
And here are images of it in 2016:
‘The Development of Public Libraries in Southampton, 1887-1921’, by Richard Preston in Southampton Local History Forum Journal, no. 15, Summer 2009, p3-22. (HS/h)
If you wish to
- suggest additional information for this entry
- suggest amendments to this entry
- offer your own research
- make a comment
then fill in the form on the Contact page.