Library Quest: Bulwell Riverside
The Riverside Centre, like the St Anne’s Valley Centre, offers the residence of Bulwell access to a medical clinic and a pharmacy as well as the library and a cafe. The Bulwell Riverside Centre was built around 2012, though with a quick search I’m unable to find much information on line about it or the library it replaced.
The functional room again had a modern system of desks with public access computers, which as usual were mostly in use and busy. Dotted around the room were the usual comfy seats for reading as well as a couple of smaller tables for the same. The children’s section in this library was less impressive than that at the St Anne’s Valley centre.
Seemingly the old branch library building that sits above Bulwell on Highbury Road, is supposedly in private hands, possibly now an office, though it looks disused. Hopefully the building earned some form of civic protection from demolition? A little way up Highbury Road is the flattened remains of the Henry Mellish Grammar school, a fine fronted building which was deemed to have “no financial value” and was razed in the hope that it would attract developers to the site (it hasn’t). Little information about the school building is available on line, with information on the school being devoted to nostalgic sentiment of the sort all too prevalent online, amounting to “want everythin’ better when we was kids?!”
I must admit to secretly liking many aspects of Bulwell as a self-contained little market town. Of course, like the St Anne’s, the Meadows and Clifton it has a terrible reputation due to its large council estate. It strikes me that these reputations (at least as reported by my contemporaries through the yes, accepting my privilege) run hand in hand with poverty and some race issues. Not a coincidence. I can’t help feeling that Bulwell is big enough to sustain a second facility nearer Bulwell Hall with its large area of housing.
Well, that’s it for the Riverside Centre Library in Bulwell. At least today’s thumbnail is actually of the place I’m writing about.