Library railings are set to return

Montrose Library railings are set to return
Montrose Library railings are set to return

New railings will be erected outside Montrose Library as part of plans to improve the town and restore the building to its former glory.

Montrose Together Partnership set out to bring back the library’s railings, which were once on the small stone boundary wall outside the building on the High Street.

Montrose Library, formally called Carnegie Free Library, was gifted to the town by American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and opened its doors on October 19, 1905.

There is no mention of railings in the historic books about the library. However, based on historical photographs, it is assumed that they were erected at the same time as the boundary wall.

Although there is no historical evidence of when the railings were removed, it is believed they were taken down during the Second World War to be melted down to make weapons.

Peter Davies, chairman of Montrose Together Partnership, said: “I am delighted that the railings are going back up outside the library. It’s a nice building but it will look better and more period with the railings in place.”

He added: “This is part of our regeneration plan, we felt we ought to do something to improve the town and there was some money left over after putting up and painting seats and flower planters on the High Street, and it was proposed that we should use it to get the railings put back up outside the library to restore it to its former glory.”

Plans were submitted to Angus Council for the new railings, who had to consult with Historic Scotland as the library is a listed building.

A council spokesperson said: “We strived to make sure that the designs matched the original railings as closely as possible. Shortly after the plans were approved by Historic Scotland, we issued a tender with a view to the work being completed by the end of March 2014.”