Wickford Library

Wickford High Street circa 1940
The shop to the left of the alleyway was the second library
Library in Market Road 2010

While I was working at Wickford Library, Mr Hall, a well known local historian, used to visit and help me answer visitors’ queries about Wickford history. He told me of the various buildings that had accommodated the library before the present library was built.

It started out in the large house on the left of the High Street.

It then moved into premises on the other side of the High Street next to an alleyway. This building is still there and is now a shop.

Eventually Essex County Council built the library in Market Road in 1962.

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  • Wickford library opened in Market Road in 1963 and held its 50th anniversary in 2013. The plane tree in the front was put in a short time after the library opened.

    By JO (08/11/2021)
  • When was the current building built and the trees planted? Thank you

    By Penny Wright (02/11/2021)
  • I understand, speaking to some local residents, that prior to 1948, the library was housed in a number of locations, including a private house in Wick Lane. People then were not encouraged to stay.

    By Geoff Whiter (11/10/2013)

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