The Cathedral Library

  • 27 Oct 2021
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The Cathedral Library is older than the present Cathedral. There is a record of a gift of a book to the Church of Worcester as long ago as 780 A.D by King Offa ;

'a great book with golden clasps', probably a Bible, 'and laid on the altar'. Then a volume of King Alfred's time is to be seen in the Bodleian Library, inscribed: 'This book shall to Wigora cestre'. Thus we have, at all events, two books identified as belonging to the library at Worcester long before the Norman Conquest.