The foundation stone at Hyde Library reads:
WAS LAID BY ELIZABETH WIFE OF
THOMAS ASHTON OF HYDE
ON THE 3rd DAY OF JULY
It was built on the site of the former Mechanics Institute
A second stone reads:
THIS BUILDING WAS OPENED BY
WIDOW OF WILLIAM MARK ASHTON
FEBRUARY 18TH 1899
A view of the side of the library can be found on Hyde Daily Photo.
Current council plans involve moving the contents of the library to the Town Hall and then selling off the building.
An e-petition opposed to those plans can be found at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62460.
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