St Deiniol's Library
Gladstone's Library St Deiniol's - Britain's Finest Residential Library
'. . . . to stand amidst the books in St Deiniol's Library is an intimidating experience for it is an encounter with the restless, brooding intelligence that was William Ewart Gladstone'. - Lord Runcie of Cuddesdon.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 98) was arguably Britain's greatest statesman and the most significant Anglican layman of the last two centuries.
Four times Prime Minister, four times Chancellor of the Exchequer and a Parliamentarian for 63 years, few politicians have achieved as many lasting reforms as Gladstone. He was a pragmatic political leader with an incessant concern with history, literature, the classical world and theological dispute; a voracious reader, who read 20,000 books.
Gladstone lived in the village of Hawarden in North Wales, a few miles from Chester. This is also the site of St Deiniol's Library which Gladstone founded in 1889 for the pursuit of divine learning. The present Library building was erected as the national memorial to Gladstone.
St Deiniol's Library is unique in being a residential library - bed, board and books. Gladstone wanted to gather together a fellowship of scholars from all disciplines for solid and serious work for the benefit of mankind in inexpensive lodgings together with congeniol society.
Gladstone believed that where there is truth, there is God. He believed that God's revelation could be found not only in scripture but in the writings of the classical world, in the movements of history, in the insights of poets and novelists. This search for truth is what Gladstone meant by divine learning.
Today, St Deiniol's continues to attract scholars, clergy and educators from all over the world. Some stay for only a day or two, others for several months but all leave refreshed in body, mind and spirit, having enjoyed the convivial atmosphere at a modest price just as Mr Gladstone envisaged.
The Library is open from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm. There are 250,000 books, periodicals and pamphlets in Arts and Humanities. We specialise in Theology and History, but there are also good collections of Literature, Philosophy and Classics.
The collection contains most of Gladstone's correspondence and speeches, making it of central interest to anyone working on the nineteenth century.
The Bishop Moorman Franciscan Collection is Britain's largest private collection of material on St Francis and the early Franciscans.
If you live nearby you can use the Library from:- 9.00am to 6.30pm (Monday - Saturday) by becoming an external Reader.
St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF, UK
Telephone (International):- +44 1244 532350 - Fax:- +44 1244 520643
Telephone (UK):- 01244 532350 - Fax:- 01244 520643
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