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Name of Library: Wimborne Minster Chained Library

Address: Garden House, Cuthburga Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset.

BH21 1LH

Town: Wimborne Minster

Telephone: 01202 887681




Alternative names


Mrs. Judith L. Monds or Mr. Frank Tandy (01202 840642)

Job Title

Purpose and main user community of the library

Set up as one of the first public libraries in 1686 and still open to the public on a regular basis.

Terms of access

We are open from Easter Monday until the end of October each year at the times stated

below. Special Collections appointments are sometimes made.

Opening hours

M-F 10.30-12.30, 14.00-16.00; Sa 10.30-12.30, in season, and weddings permitting.

Disabled access

26 step spiral staircase (left-handed defence). Plans are in hand for display downstairs.





Over 400

Periodicals - Back Issues

Current Periodicals


One complete manuscript dated 1343 and some further pages. Music manuscripts also.

Volumes added per year



The library contains an excellent theological content.

Special Collections

Early English Organ music, including works by Giibons, Purcell, Tallis, Weelkes, and Bird.


Our only full Ms is 'The Regimen Animarum' or Direction of Souls, Completed in 1343. Some

fragments of earlier works exist.

Research resource

Almost every Christian religious thought occurs within our books.

Catalogue Type


URL of catalogue

Other facilities

Photocopying occasionally permitted. Some of the music is on microfilm, but we have no

reading in the library. The works can be accessed at the Pendlebury Music Library in

Full Time Staff

Part Time Staff

Voluntary Staff 36

Future plans

An exhibition for those unable to negotiate the stairs is planned for 2004.


The library is manned by a team of volunteers and receives no governemnt or other funding.

Donations (usually c. 50p per adult visitor) are therefore appreciated.

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