A few weeks ago, I was part of a group lucky enough to be shown around St Edmund Hall’s beautiful library by Professor Henrike Lähnemann. You can read an in-depth history of the library here on the SEH website, so I will just post some pictures and provide the basics. The College’s main library is in the mostly twelfth-century church of St Peter in the East. It’s no longer a functioning church, but the crypt is still consecrated. I think that this must be one of the most beautiful libraries in Oxford to work in regularly.
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Here you can get an impression of the size and atmosphere of the crypt.
Here we have the Norman font and, lurking behind it, not medieval grave monuments, but polystyrene props from Lewis!
Leaving the crypt
Outside the library, Autumn is showing its face in the graveyard and by the church walls.
The entrance to the library itself – a Norman arch, surrounded by beaked faces.
And inside the library (in the tower, in fact), its past and present lives intersect.