Wakefield Library and News Room

1820-22 by Watson and Pritchett. Variously known, but also as the Mechanics Institute. Formerly the City Museum until very recently. Now known as the Mechanics Theatre.

From 'Guide To Selected Historical Buildings In Wakefield' by Wakefield Historical Society (accessed 21.01.2021): 

Over a hundred subscribers contributed to a new "Public Library, News Room and Other Public Rooms" buying shares at £25 each. The building opened in 1823 with a series of concerts, and was the home of many cultural activities in Wakefield. In 1855 the Mechanics Institute purchased the building (which they had been using since 1842) and it was only in 1935 that it was sold to Wakefield Corporation, becoming the town's museum in 1955. The museum moved in 2012 to the new "Wakefield One" building.

Allegedly Grade II listed but not confirmed.


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