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Name of Library: Chester Cathedral Library

Address: Cathedral Office, 12 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU

Town: Chester

Telephone: 01244 324756

Fax: 01244 341110

E-mail: library@chestercathedral.com

Website: http://www.chestercathedral.com

Alternative names


Dr G V Chivers

Job Title


Purpose and main user community of the library

Clergy, readers and scholars

Terms of access

By appointment with the librarian

Opening hours

Disabled access



Reference only



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



In process of consideration

Volumes added per year

c 50


The library has a good collection of material relating to the Diocese of Chester and the County of Cheshire in addition to its theological and other specialities.

Special Collections

Sander's collection (c.400): books written by or about bishops and clergy of Chester diocese

from c.1660. Chas Kingsley (Res. Canon of Chester) books. Bishop Wilson (Isle of Man): a

few of his own C18 collection. Moulton library: about 250 small books used from 1840-1940 in

a Congregational mission to a saltmining village in Northwich.


Polychronicon: Ranulph Higden (Chester monk) c. 1360.Henry VIII seal and order. 14th Century Book of Hours

Research resource

Biblical, doctrinal and pastoral

Catalogue Type

Computer and card

URL of catalogue

Being arranged

Other facilities

None yet

Full Time Staff  

Part Time Staff

Voluntary Staff 8

Future plans

an exhibition library for visitors and educational groups is currently being created.


N.B. Books have been boxed during building operation. Hope to re-open by September 2006

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