Chained Library by judithdeacon

Chained Library

A chained library is a library where the books are attached to their bookcase by a chain, which is sufficiently long to allow the books to be taken from their shelves and read, but not removed from the library itself. This would prevent theft of the library's materials.

This particular chained library is in Hereford Cathedral and most of the volumes in the collection date to acquisitions made in the 1100s, although the oldest book in the collection, the “Hereford Gospels,” dates to about the year 800.
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Wow! I would love to visit this library!
February 5th, 2017  
I've never seen or heard of this before, fascinating! Great photo.
February 5th, 2017  
Great contrast between the book binding and chains. And so unusual to read about this.
February 5th, 2017  
Wow interesting read..........and love the lines!
February 6th, 2017  
I have never heard of such.It must be fascinating to visit. Your pictures makes it look very interesting and the choice of B&W enhances the vintage feel of the books
February 6th, 2017  
Great shot. Very interesting. The books are so old I am surprised you are able to handle them at all.
February 6th, 2017  
Great b&w image and fascinating description.
February 6th, 2017  
Cool picture.
February 6th, 2017  
Fascinating and encouraging that these precious old volumes remain accessible.
February 6th, 2017  
That's so cool. I never knew such libraries existed.
February 6th, 2017  
Intriguing capture. I'd have expected these rare books to be kept under glass.
February 6th, 2017  
I've never heard of such a thing, though I could see how it would come about because of book theft. Intriguing.
February 6th, 2017  
The books are prisoners! Very interesting.
February 6th, 2017  
wow, amazing photo and amazing library ... very interesting
February 6th, 2017  
That is so clever. Never seen anything like that before.
February 6th, 2017  
cool
February 6th, 2017  
This is new to me too. A great image.
February 6th, 2017  
Isn't it a shame this kind of thing needs to be done. I does make in interesting shot though.
February 6th, 2017  
@gijsje @gmonty @taffy @radiogirl @hvansteenburgh @agedrunner @vignouse @kwind @tonydebont @888rachel @epcello @lynnz @ludwigsdiana @helenw2 @dide @gamelee Just to clarify my slightly misleading detail. The chaining of the library was something done in the middle ages and this library has been preserved. You can ask to view one of the books under special circumstances and they are then removed by the curators and taken up to the modern reference library for viewing but as a general rule they are not removed from this area. While we were there a volunteer did remove one book to show us, it was over 800 years old and very beautiful but very frail.
February 6th, 2017  
Great shot Judith, thanks for the clarification. I was concerned that these treasures would be damaged by mishandling :)
February 6th, 2017  
These books represented so much skill and labour when they were made they were priceless , several other Cathedrals have some chained books but I believe this is the largest intact collection.... of course many libraries were pillaged The Lindisfarne gospel had a bejeweled cover, the vikings took the cover but had no use for the writing inside (luckily!) and left the text behind!!! Many libraries would have been dismantled when Henry the Eighth broke from the Roman Church and pillaged the wealth of the Church (as much for his coffers as his re marriage)... it is amazing Hereford kept this library intact. Super image too!
February 6th, 2017  
Isn't it just the most amazing place. Nice capture.
February 6th, 2017  
An interesting capture, I hadn't heard of chained libraries before
February 6th, 2017  
Wow! what an amazing library! The chained books reminded me of years ago when public phone boxes had the telephone directory books chained inside. Imagine that nowadays with confidentiality !
February 6th, 2017  
Never seen this before, Brilliant capture...Fav
February 7th, 2017  
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