1881 – Proposed Free Library & Museum, Oldham, Lancashire

Architect: Thomas Mitchell


“In this competition the Corporation have selected the design marked ” F.S.A.,” submitted by Mr. Thomas Mitchell, F.R.I.B.A , of Oldham and Manchester, for the first premium, £100, and the design marked ” Practical ” (Messrs. Wright and Rawcliff), of Burnley) for the second place, £50. There are 26 competitors altogether, and the limit of cost was £8,000. The premiated design follows the general arrangement indicated in the instructions, and showed, on the ground -floor, beyond the entrance hall, a library, placed centrally between reference-room and periodical-room, and the spaces between are filled by screens, glazed with cathedral tinted glass, allowing of supervision.” Perspective including ground & 1st floor plan from The Building News, November 11th 1881.

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