Baskerville Society: Wells Cathedral Library and the Jim Attridge Collection


  • Wells Cathedral Wells Somerset UK

The Baskerville Society is delighted to announce that its next event will be a vist to Wells, Somerset. This will take place on Saturday 2 September commencing at 11.30.

The tour will comprise two visits: Wells Cathedral Chained Library and Jim Attridge Private Library.

Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain. It is especially attractive as it is still in its original location built in the 1450s, although the current bookshelves and chains are seventeenth century. The library has a superb collection of around 2,800 volumes, mainly published in the 1600s, with some early printed books from the fifteenth century as well as even earlier manuscript books. The subject coverage includes medicine, science, mathematics, languages, history, travel and exploration, as well as religious texts and theology. Members will be given a brief talk on the history of the library, followed by a chance to examine a selection of books, including one or two Baskervilles.

This will be followed by a visit to the home of Society member, Jim Attridge, to view his private collection of Baskerville books. The Attridge's have very generously agreed to provide a light buffet lunch.

Cost: the price of the tour is £14 for members; £18 for non-members.

Booking: to reserve a ticket please email caroline.archer@bcu.ac.uk and we will send you details of payment methods.