The building on the corner of Shirley Road and Grove Road was originally the offices of the Shirley and Freemantle Urban District Council (SFUDC), a body which came into being in 1894 as the successor to the Shirley and Freemantle Board of Health. The SFUDC was a very short-lived body - it was abolished in 1895 when Shirley and Freemantle became part of Southampton. The building was then used as Shirley Library until 1969 when a new library in Redcar Street was built.

Shirley Library, Shirley Road

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The original Shirley Library, 1910

Shirley Library, Redcar Street

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Photograph, c.1975

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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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