New chapter in story of Port’s iconic library

Chatsworth Library, Fleetwood, has closed and is moving to Flakefleet School.  Branch manager Clare Farrelly packing books ready for the move.
Chatsworth Library, Fleetwood, has closed and is moving to Flakefleet School. Branch manager Clare Farrelly packing books ready for the move.

It was the end of an era this week as one of Fleetwood’s best loved libraries closed for the last time.

Chatsworth Library has stood on the corner of St. John Avenue and Chatsworth Avenue for more than 50 years.

Chatsworth Library, Fleetwood, has closed and is moving to Flakefleet School. Library assistant Janet Bellwood (left) and  Branch manager Clare Farrelly.

Chatsworth Library, Fleetwood, has closed and is moving to Flakefleet School. Library assistant Janet Bellwood (left) and Branch manager Clare Farrelly.

But now it is relocating to new, brighter premises at Flakefleet Primary School as part of their brand new extensions.

Head librarian Clare Farrely has spent the last couple of weeks packing up thousands of books for the big move.

She said: “We have a plaque here which was dedicated to the library when it first opened. It’s the end of an era but are very much looking forward to relocating.”

The library will form part of Flakefleet School’s £3.8m expansion plans and school headteacher Mike Barnes said the library will bring the community into the school.

He said: “It will also allow our children access to a public library system - it’s going to have huge benefits for us.”

The library will be called Northfleet Library and the whole project has cost £235,000 to complete.

It’s a purpose built library and will have all the modern facilities expected.

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “There will be flexible shelving, six public computers, a designated children’s computer and its own access.

“It also has a public toilet.”

“The library will be open five days a week with a half day on Wednesday.”

It’s unclear at this stage what will happen to the old building, it could be reused for other purposes by the council or sold.