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23 eerie photos show abandoned Hyde Library reclaimed by nature

These fascinating images offer a glimpse inside what remains of a former Greater Manchester library.

Located on Union Street, many will recognise Hyde Library, which originally opened over a century ago, on July 3, 1897.

In 2013, a phase of council austerity cuts saw a number of local libraries, including this one, close across the country, with improved facilities promised by Tameside council.

In 2014, protestors demanded that the building be kept by the council instead of being sold off. But in March the following year, Hyde Library reopened at a new town hall site.

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Last week, Tameside chiefs agreed to declare buildings and land – including the former Hyde Library – as ‘surplus to requirements’ but bosses denied the council was ‘washing its hands’ of them.

These fascinating photographs, taken by an urban explorer, offer a glimpse inside the historic library today.

From the exterior, the building is still as recognisable as ever, but behind the four walls it's an eerie picture of decay.

Taken in May this year, here's 23 photographs of what remains of the former Hyde Library.

* Individuals are not encouraged to enter private and derelict premises under any circumstances for their own safety.

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