Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Library of Gloucester Cathedral

The local group of the Society of Bookbinders visited the library of Gloucester Cathedral today. I know the cathedral well as we used to live 7 miles north of Gloucester. But I had no idea it had a library nor where it was. The entrance is through a small door in a pillar by the North choir and the spiral stone staircase goes up and up and up until suddenly you enter the library. It is parallel to the north choir and is very early (14th century ) with a glorious roof.
This is looking back from about half way down the library. The cardboard boxes all contain valuable items which need something doing to them.
Like these documents about rentals - note the earliest date is 1684.
And this is clearly needs some TLC. Note that it has its own cushion to rest on.
This is the librarian's desk, complete with computer, printer, files of paper - and a 17th century oak chair!!

The upper book has an embroidered cover, 16th century Book of Psalms, while the lower one is a Coverdale bible which is the cathedral's most valuable book. It is dated 1536. They do have a printed book which is pre-1500 printed by Wynkyn de Worde and Caxton.
And here is some of the stonework in the choir. I had forgotten what a glorious building Gloucester is. One of the finest English cathedrals. Hereford and Worcester are earlier and short and squat but Gloucester soars and the Great Window is truly great.

1 comment:

  1. and the chair has a very special cushion, too, I see... when, who, why?



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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.