The Library

The Cathedral Library was built in the mid-fifteenth century over the East Cloister.

It houses the book collection of the Chapter in two areas: the Chained Library and the Reading Room. The earliest records of the Cathedral are housed in the Muniment Room at the southern end of the Library.

Featured Book of the Month : MARCH

ASHMOLE, Elias   The Institution, Laws and Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter     (1672)

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The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is named after Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) as he left his own collection of antiquities, books, and coins together with an acquired collection of botanical specimens to the University provided it created a suitable building.

He was a solicitor but made money through judicious marriages. He supported the Royalists and was rewarded at the restoration with some lucrative government posts. All this allowed him to indulge in his interests of alchemy, astronomy and magic with antiquities and collecting bringing him into contact with other 17th century Antiquarians. He was a founding member of the Royal Society.

One of his appointments was to the College of Arms as Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary and in this position he dedicated himself to studying the Order of the Garter. After several years, much of it living in the country to avoid the Great Plague, he produced this lavish folio book with illustrations by Wenceslaus Hollar.

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