Library’s window into the past

Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron with library staff

Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron with library staff

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A little piece of Newton history has been given pride of place at the town’s newly refurbished library.

Four stained glass windows from Newton Grammar School have been installed as a permanent display.

The redecoration saw the community room, public toilets, children's room and the main library all modernised with a fresh new look.

Library staff suggest feedback from the public who attended the reopening event was very positive.

The original stained glass windows from Newton Grammar School have also been installed as a permanent display, as part of the refurbishment.

The beautiful windows were saved from a skip by a member of staff who salvaged them when Lancashire County Council demolished Newton Grammar School.

They were displayed in Newton Community High School for a time before that too was demolished to make way for Hope Academy.

Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron found the windows and suggested giving them a permanent home in the refurbished library.

He said: “We have a proud heritage as a town, some of which has been lost along the way to private owners and developers.

“It made perfect sense to me and other councillors to get these items out in the open so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

“The windows are particularly interesting, because you never used to see them at the school unless you were in trouble with the head teacher!”

Coun Jeanie Bell, cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “This project demonstrates the commitment of the library service to celebrate and preserve heritage in the town.

“The refurbished library looks great and I’d urge residents to come and see it for themselves.”

The windows are displayed along with other artefacts from the archive, including some from the former Congregational Church and some war memorial plaques from Earlestown Town Hall, one of which shows a ship sponsored by Newton-le-Willows during the Second World War.

The event was attended by Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors Steve and Lynn Glover, among other senior councillors including Cllr Gomez-Aspron, Library Services and Public Health officers.

Why not come and see what’s new at Newton-le-Willows Library? Opening hours

detailed below:

Monday: 10am-5pm

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 1pm-7pm

Thursday: 1pm-7pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-1pm

Sunday: Closed