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VISIT : WORMSLEY LIBRARY
Thursday 09 April 2020

 

A VISIT BY COACH TO THE WORMSLEY LIBRARY NEAR STOKENCHURCH, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 

Following our superb lecture with Dominic Riley entitled: “Lost on the Titanic: The Story of the Great Omar Binding” in May of last year, and on Dominic’s recommendation, we applied to visit this exclusive private library which is opened to a very small number of private curated tours each year.

Sir Paul Getty spent twenty-five years assembling one of the finest private collections of books and manuscripts in the world. When he moved to Wormsley, he commissioned the building of the castellated library, as an extension of the main house. The Estate continues to invest in this outstanding collection, which features the first edition of Caxton’s printing of The Canterbury Tales, Anne Boleyn’s Psalter, and the first folio of Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories and Tragedies”.

Other highlights include manuscripts dating from the 12th to the 15th Century, important bibles and extraordinary modern bindings.

As we are scheduled to take an afternoon tour, arrangements have been made for a buffet lunch beforehand at “The Leathern Bottle” at Lewknor which is fairly close to the Wormsley Estate.

We will depart from Johnsons Coach Yard at 10.00 am and from The Old Sils at 10.30 am and should arrive back in Solihull for approximately 7.00 pm.

The cost of this visit to include return coach transport, private buffet lunch, a guided tour of the Library and all gratuities will be £60.00. As this is a small tour, numbers by necessity will be limited and as usual, all applications will be dealt with strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be able to park cars at the Old Sils car park for a charge of £3 per car

Image  :  The Library at Wormsley