Lichfield Cathedral Library. Pic: Tom Allwood

Visitors to Lichfield Cathedral will be able to get a behind the scenes look at the historic building with a tour of the main library.

Lichfield Cathedral Library. Pic: Tom Allwood

A number of bound treasures are housed on the site, including Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (c1420) and Henry VIII’s Great Bible (first edition – 1539).

A trained guide will showcase some of the theological, literary geography, philosophy and natural science texts.

Canon Anthony Moore, Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral, said: “It is only on very rare occasions that we are able to give the general public access to this atmospheric space.

“The range of rare manuscripts and early printed works in our library is quite staggering. It’s an opportunity not to be missed for anyone with a love of architecture, history or books”.

The tours will run on April 6 and 24, May 11 and 29, and June 22. Tickets cost £9 and can be booked by calling the Cathedral Shop on 01543 306150.

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