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Saturday, 7 November 2009

Stalybridge Saturday - Astley Cheetham Public Library

This is the frontage of the Astley Cheetham Public Library on Trinity Street in Stalybridge. The name appears in carved lettering in the stonework above the doorway.

The lettering fashioned into the gates says "Read Mark Learn and Inwardly Digest". Unfortunately, you couldn't do that on a Thursday, which was when I went there, as the library is closed on Thursdays.

The building also houses the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery. The building was opened in 1901 and was a gift to the town from local mill owner and MP John Frederick Cheetham and his wife Beatrice Astley. The upper floor was originally a lecture room but was made into a gallery in 1932 to house the Astley Cheetham Art Collection, which has been expanded over the years.

This was my runner-up for last week's Doorways theme day, but I though that the fact that the building is shut in the photograph counted against it!

See Birds Eye View of this location.


  1. Nice site......I have family from your area...[Whatmough...is the name]..


  2. Spent many a lunchtime in here in the 60's when I worked in the Bridge. I think the Ashton library building is far superior.


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