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Central Lending Library

Undated view of the ground floor room used as the Central Lending Library since 1934.
On opening this area of the building was used as the general pay office. The general pay office measured 78 feet by 38 feet and had a counter 62 feet long. 'The Builder' describes ‘the central portion of the counter is to be given over to the Water Department, that on the right to the Rate Department and that on the left to the Gas. Beyond the counter are rows of double desks for the use of the clerks of those several departments.’

The entrance in Calverley Street was the main entrance to the building and was for the use of rate payers and the clerks as this was intended as the entrance to the ‘business’ side of the building. Here could be found the rates office, and the offices of the gas and water clerks. The borough engineer and sanitary departments were on the first and second floor respectively. The hackney carriage department was also housed in the basement.

Central Lending Library
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