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Derelict: 1930s public library in Breightmet, Bolton, Lancashire

1930s public library in Breightmet, Bolton, Lancashire
1930s public library in Breightmet, Bolton, Lancashire

If you want to send us any interesting derelict buildings you see, please do, we’ll happily feature. In the meantime, we’ll post up places we capture on our travels, kicking off with this 1930s public library in Breightmet, Bolton, Lancashire.

1930s public library in Breightmet, Bolton, Lancashire
1930s public library in Breightmet, Bolton, Lancashire

It’s an amazing building, very much of of its era and with modernism to the fore in its design. Love that central circular entrance – check out the last of our pictures to see it with the window above before the vandals got to it. Inside (thanks to images we’ve seen on the agent’s site), you’ve got those two wings coming off it, with period windows both on the side and on the ceiling.

Being a municipal building until fairly recently, the inside is actually in fairly good order, it’s just the exterior that’s being left to the elements right now.

The building doesn’t look to be for sale, but it is available to let, for a hefty £25,000 per year, which is around £2,100 per month, plus additional rates and taxes. There is only permission for limited use too, so no bar or restaurant. Hopefully someone will do something with it soon, shame to see it decay anymore. It’s available via Miller Metcalfe Commercial if you fancy it.

Update: Thanks to Gary Parkinson for flagging up his own previous blog post about the library, which includes some great period shots of the inside. Read it here.

1930s public library in Breightmet, Bolton, Lancashire
1930s public library in Breightmet, Bolton, Lancashire
  • vivienne

    Always loved that building, use to pass it everyday on the way to school.

  • Traceyanne Devine

    That will make a very beautiful house