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27th October 2022
When travelling through Stockport on the busy A6, the grand Edwardian Baroque Stockport Central Library (1912-13, Grade II listed) is unmissable. Carnegie gave £10,000 towards the construction of this fabulous building, with bold stripes of local red brick and Portland stone, stained glass, and a huge glazed dome in the reading room. Sadly, because of its location, it is mostly cut off from pedestrians, few of whom no longer walk up and down the main road. It is under threat of closure and removal to a more convenient location, but one hopes that some sort of 'adaptive reuse' can save this remarkable gift to the town.
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