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This building was erected as a free public library in 1903 on a site gifted by Mrs Frances Arbuthnot-Brisco, carrying out the wishes of her late aunt, Sarah Brisco of Newtown Hall. The building was paid for by the Town Council and the Co-operative Union who could not agree on its design. The architect, Frank Shayler, hit upon the novel idea of incorporating the two different styles developed by Richard Norman Shaw: his “Queen Anne” style and his “Arts and Crafts” style.

Brisco House is now occupied by the Town Council and the Robert Owen Museum.

Did you know?

The building was erected in 1903 after the land was gifted by Mrs Frances Arbuthnot-Brisco

The building was paid for by the Town Council and the Co-operative Union

Brisco house started life as a free public library

The building shows both the “Queen Anne” and “Arts and Crafts” style of Architecture

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