Community Leisure UK ezine
June 2022
Historic finds under the rafters at Stamford Library

05 May 2022

The initial phase of renovation works at Stamford Library, which is operated by charitable social enterprise GLL, has been completed, meaning the landmark, Grade 2 listed building, which now boasts a new roof, will reopen on 3rd May following a six-month closure.

The roof repairs have unearthed some fascinating historical finds, thought to date back to the 19th century. These include a ‘turn of the century’ Fancourts of Stamford ginger beer stoneware bottle, what appear to be workmen’s tools, a bag or satchel and a shoe. The items have been shown to the Collection’s Access Officer at Lincolnshire Heritage Service and library staff are now working on full identification. In the meantime they will be put on display when the library reopens.

Looking ahead to future generations Lea Rickard, Stamford Library’s manager has etched messages into some of the new replacement roof slates, with the hope they will be found a hundred years from now, when the roof next needs replacing.

Phase two of the remedial works are already underway and will take place while the library remains open. They will include window replacements and repairs, alongside improvements to the stone steps and historic frontage of the building.

The library building, with its distinctive Tuscan columns, dates back to 1808 and was originally the portico to the market and shambles which stood behind it. It was converted into a public library in 1906.

Lea Rickard comments: “We’re delighted to be able reopen and have lots to encourage local residents back through our doors. We have plenty of new books on our shelves including the latest best sellers, a printing service – ideal for anyone working from home and public access computers. We offer a Computer Buddy service to help with IT queries and numerous group activities ranging from children’s story time to a ‘Knit and Natter’.”

Stamford Library will reopen 9am – 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays. 9am – 6pm on Thursdays and 9am – 4pm on Saturdays. It will be hosting numerous Jubilee events and activities in the coming months including:

• 31st May – a Jubilee-themed children’s craft activity

• 1st June – a Jubilee-themed children’s story time

• 4th June – a Jubilee coffee morning with homemade cakes, a further story time and children’s craft session


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