Tour examines hidden treasures of Lichfield Cathedral’s library

Lichfield Cathedral. Pic: James Stringer

Lichfield Cathedral. Pic: James Stringer

A tour of Lichfield Cathedral’s historic library will give visitors an opportunity to uncover hidden treasures.

A variety of rare texts are housed in the main library, situated above the Chapter House, which was built in 1249.

These include books on a wide variety of subjects from theology to travel, including:

  • Justinian Codex Juris Canonici (13th century)
  • Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (c1410)
  • Henry VIII’s Great Bible (first edition— 1539)
  • Cranmer’s Great Bible (1540)
  • The Breeches or Geneva Bible (1560)
  • The King James Bible (1611) – the She and Judas Bibles
  • Mercator’s Atlas Novus (1638)
  • Blaeu’s Theatre du Monde (1645)
  • The Vinegar Bible (1717)
  • Saxton’s Maps of England and Wales

The tours – on May 16 (10.30am and 1.30pm) and June 20 (11.30am and 2.30pm). – will be conducted by Canon Pete Wilcox, Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral. Only 15 people are able to go on each tour and bags cannot be taken into the library. Tours last one hour and tickets are £7.50.

To book your place, call 01543 306150.

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1 Comment

  1. andrew robertson

    19th May, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Dear sir
    I wonder if you can help me.
    My father was Canon Donald Keith Robertson who was canon custos at Lichfield from1960 to his retirement in1976 and I understand was responsible for the restoration programme during this period. We have been told that one of the gargoyles was restored bearing his likeness. Could you please tell me who I should contact to find out if this is true and if so whereabouts on the cathedral one might find it. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Yours sincerely andrew robertson