The Victorian Library in the middle of Willesden High Road was built in 1894. It has proved to be one of the most poignant symbols of our heritage and subject to many battles with the local council.
In 1984 Brent Council proposed to demolish the old Willesden Green Library’s late Victorian façade. This decision was reversed after protest, joined by WLHS members. Modern Willesden Green Library was built behind the remains of the existing one.
In 1988 the Council renewed its efforts to demolish the Victorian Willesden Green Library building. This was overturned after protest, once again joined by WLHS
In 2012 WLHS joined the protest against the demolition of the 1894 Library building, as part of the redevelopment at Willesden Green Library. Paper and on-line Petitions initiated, members canvassed local residents outside the library, and attended meetings with the “Keep Willesden Green” group.
Developers Galliford Try withdrew plans after the protest, more consultations led to plans to retain the old library alongside a new Cultural Centre. The 1980s Willesden Green Library was demolished, along with the popular Willesden Bookshop. Housing will fill most of the site.