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End of an era as one library closes, another opens
Wednesday 25th April 2018 @ 17:42 by Nigel Skinner
Glossop Glossop Chronicle News

Glossop’s Victoria Hall has finally shut its doors to the public after 130 years.

The doors have been closed to the library  which opened way back in 1888.

While less than 50 yards away, along Talbot Street, the finishing touches were being put to the £2m new library that replaces it – which opens today (Wednesday, April 25).

For many of the people dropping off books at the Victoria Hall library for the last time it was an emotional experience.

One man, who asked not to be named, said: “I joined the library here when I was 11 and that’s more than 60 years ago.

“I will still go to the new library but it won’t be the same.

“Victoria Hall had a certain presence, all the atmosphere of a traditional old library, even the smell of books, I will miss it.”

The new library is a two-storey extension attached to Glossop Adult Centre.

The thousands of books, DVDs and other audio/visual recordings have been transferred across to the new Derbyshire County Council library.

Then Victoria Hall, built with money from local benefactors, will be completely empty.

The basement, once home to the Millennium Cellar youth club, and the first floor which featured events as varied as dances and  drama productions to a Glossop Grammar School exam hall and wrestling, closed years ago.

Cash willing, the three storey building will eventually become the Victoria Arts Centre. For the time being however, it will stand empty, just like Glossop Town Hall.