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.

Featured Book of the Month : OCTOBER

JONES, Inigo    Most notable Antiquity of Great Britain (1655)  

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Inigo Jones (1573-1652) is regarded as the first significant British architect and was Surveyor to Charles I and James I. In 1620, James I visited Stonehenge and asked Jones to explain its history. Jones conducted the first accurate survey of the ruins but his explanation was less accurate: he thought Stonehenge was a Roman temple dedicated to Coelus. The book we have, published after his death in 1655, contains his notes and sketches. It was edited by John Webb of Butleigh.

Walter Charleton (1619-1707) wrote a second book (A3/02) questioning this and claimed Stonehenge was built by the Danes as a ceremonial centre to celebrate their conquests in England.

John Webb then wrote a further book vindicating his account of Inigo Jones’ work which is at A 3/18 but it is largely repetition.

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