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#177027 - 5th Oct 2007 12:23am Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938
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This pic was hard to take at the right angle cas the main road was busy as fook an I wasnt gunna try standin in the middle of it


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#177065 - 5th Oct 2007 12:00pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: BMW Joe]
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Great Pictures Joe and yep a Good Match too.
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#181421 - 27th Oct 2007 4:04pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: Mark]
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Spent hours in here as a child. It was opened in 1934, on the same day as the Queensway tunnel, by King George V & Queen Mary.
Went in again a few months ago & took this pic. of the Wilfred Owen memorial window.


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#181431 - 27th Oct 2007 6:21pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: chriskay]
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shame its closed now, due to unsafe skylights, they debatin whether its financially viable to repair them, or whether to just let the place become derelict and a scumbags canvass for vandalism and grafitti... mad
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#181457 - 27th Oct 2007 9:04pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: jonah]
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We need one of us to win the lottery or invet somthing to make a few million to stop buildings like this going down the pan and derilict..
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#181458 - 27th Oct 2007 9:13pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: jonah]
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shame its closed now, due to unsafe skylights, they debatin whether its financially viable to repair them, or whether to just let the place become derelict and a scumbags canvass for vandalism and grafitti... mad


is it? I was in there a few weeks ago??? think
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#181487 - 28th Oct 2007 12:19am Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: BMW Joe]
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Only part is closed off due to the skylights,
but its future and repairs has a huge question mark over it?

I seen it on the local News.
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#181493 - 28th Oct 2007 12:28am Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: Mark]
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Wernt they saying they were going to have the close the whole thing next year?

Apparently its due to an accident there when part of the skylights collapsed on someone, but they had already attempted to make them safe?

Im sure there were other structural problems with the building too though, that look like they will be too expensive to repair?

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#194970 - 14th Jan 2008 7:37pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: MattLFC]
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So Frank Field was going to find the funds to turn the Borough Road college into luxury apartments, but they can't find the funds to repair an absolutely amazing building. I feel ashamed to admit I'm from this place sometimes. Look across the water to what the scousers have achieved in the past five years and ask yourself " What have we, the people of Wirral achieved in the past twenty years?"
Apart from the Golf tournament in Hoylake (which had 'ROYAL LIVERPOOL OPEN' printed all over it.) What else have we done?

I've just thought maybe we should all start an online petition on the government website. I'm not entirely sure how it can be done but I do know that anybody can start off a petition. Maybe if we all stood together and started a petition off about this then something may get done about it?


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#194980 - 14th Jan 2008 8:04pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: keefy]
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Save Birkenhead Central Library

There is a link to an online group and here is the News from icwirral.co.uk

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#194997 - 14th Jan 2008 8:37pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: keefy]
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I lived right by there. wonderful old building. only ever been in once. amazing place. shame to hear this.
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#195028 - 14th Jan 2008 9:29pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: Cali_16v]
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I thought they announced in the local rag a few weeks back that the money to restore and repair the skylights etc, has been found and the building was now safe and would remain the library??

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#195057 - 14th Jan 2008 11:12pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: MattLFC]
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I certainly hope it will survive, mainly because I spent so much time there as a child. Looking at the icwirral link, I promise, if it is ever turned into a mosque, I shall seriously consider trying to obtain a quantity of explosives.
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#195278 - 15th Jan 2008 6:42pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: chriskay]
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If it was moved what a storey to follow it would be better than that temple at thieves in Egypt when they moved it away from the Niel...

So its not got a rosie future.
Once its been tagged its down hill from there....

I mean look at the magnificent building in Hamilton square.
There all pretty much solicitors offices now.
Only the Town Hall i think i'm right in saying hasnt been converted, but they do weddings from it.

Its a shame. I think Library's as we used to know them
will become a thing of the past, if we follow what's hapening
in the states and there Library's.

I do wish the building good luck and hope it stays
that's if i didnt get that across.
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#195292 - 15th Jan 2008 7:02pm Re: Birkenhead Library, Borough Road 1938 [Re: Mark]
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I mean look at the magnificent building in Hamilton square.
There all pretty much solicitors offices now.


Yes, Mark; one of the finest Georgian squares in Europe & all the buildings are listed. When it was built, the park in the centre was fenced & was the private gardens of the residents & they all had keys. There's still some squares in London like that today.
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