The Newly Cleaned And Extremely Rare Chained Library At Hereford Cathedral

In This Album: Rosemary Firman
The Newly Cleaned And Extremely Rare Chained Library At Hereford Cathedral
In This Photo: Rosemary Firman
A 12th century manuscript of The Old Testament sits in the Chained Library of Hereford Cathedral after it's annual spring clean on January 24, 2012 in Hereford, England. The famous Chained Library contains 1,500 books including 227 medieval manuscripts. Once a year specialists and trained volunteers take six days to clean the rows of historic historic writings. The cathedral's oldest and most important book is the eighth-century Hereford Gospels. Chaining books for security was widespread in libraries from the middle ages to the eighteenth century and Hereford Cathedral's seventeenth-century Chained Library is the largest to survive with all its chains, rods and locks intact.
(Jan. 23, 2012 - Source: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Europe)