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Library with the 'secret garden' opens its doors to the public

A private members library with its very own 'secret garden' is opening its doors to the public Credit: ITV Central

A private members library with its very own 'secret garden' is opening its doors to the public as part of a nationwide campaign to open up Britain's heritage to the public.

Bromley House Library was founded in 1816 and moved in 1822 to its present home. Credit: ITV Central

Bromley House Library was founded in 1816 and moved in 1822 to its present home, a dark, red brick building which was built in 1752 as a 'town house' for George Smith grandson of the founder of Smith Bank, the oldest known bank in the country.

In recent years the collection's emphasis has been on biographies, travel books and new novels. Credit: ITV Central

At the rear of the library is what could literally be a work of fiction, a secret garden, surrounded by walls used only by members of the library, it is often referred to as a haven in the city.

The haven in the city, the 'secret garden' Credit: ITV Central

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