The Chained Library

Chained LibraryAscend the spiral staircase built over 600 years ago and you find yourself in the old Treasury which housed the wealth of the Minster, until it was confiscated by Henry VIII. The Library was founded in 1686 and is the second largest Chained Library in the Country and also one of the first public libraries. In the Central Case will be found a manuscript written on calfskin in 1343, a book bound for the Court of Henry VIII, an incunabula printed in 1495 on the works of St. Anselm, and a Paraphrase of Erasmus printed in 1522 with a title page designed by Holbein. Discover how they caught Elephants, made wine and built houses in the 17th century. Above all you will be amongst the writings of the Most Venerable Fathers of the early christian church dating back to the 16th century and the works of the Founders of the Church we know today.

Manned by volunteers the Library is open most days of the week,10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm, from Easter Monday until the end of October. For confirmation of opening times and arranging group visits please contact the Parish Office on 01202 884753.

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