Lichfield Cathedral Library


The Cathedral library lies immediately above the Chapter House in what was the original Treasury.  It has significant holdings of manuscripts and books which include the Duchess of Somerset’s bequest made in 1673, amounting to 1000 volumes from the late Duke’s library.  The bequest included the 15th century MS of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Orders of Charles I for the regulation of the Prince’s Household and the 8th century St Chad Gospels (which the Duchess had looked after during the Civil War). 

Other volumes of interest include a Henry VIII Great Bible, a 1578 Bishops’ Bible and a fine collection of rare and interesting King James’ Bibles (including a Baskerville).  As well as theological books the library contains a substantial collection of books on geography and travel.  It also houses a significant collection of early printed and manuscript music from the 17th and 18th centuries, mostly church music but also instrumental music.  The most important works are the seven Barnard part books, the most complete set in existence and an invaluable resource for Tudor church music.



Contact Details

The Chapter Office, Cathedral Close, Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 7LD

01543 306 100