The Old Library, Cardiff

The Old Library, Cardiff

The Old Library is located at the northern end of The Hayes. Declared a public holiday, it was opened on 31 May 1882 by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Alfred Thomas as the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art, which included an art gallery. A competition was held to choose a design for the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art. The winning design was by architects James, Seward and Thomas, erected for just over £9,000. The Schools of Science and Art were housed in the building until 1890 when it moved to buildings that were part of the University College.

The entrance to the building featured a corridor lined with ornamental wall tiles, designed to depict the four seasons and night and morning. These tiles were impressed with coloured clay to give the impression of a mosaic. The Old Library still exists, and is used as a museum and tourist information centre, and is the head office of the British Boxing Board of Control, the governing body of professional boxing in the United Kingdom.
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Sight Name: The Old Library
Sight Location: Cardiff, Wales (See walking tours in Cardiff)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

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