The Library

Traditionally the family sitting room, the Library today is as architect Henry Holland left it, save for the plaster ceiling added by John MacVicar Anderson in 1877. Too long for its elevation, Holland harmonised the room by cropping the end bays and inserting the pillars.

The 10,000 books include the remnants of the private library amassed by the Second Earl, which at one time was the finest private library in the world. Comprising 43,000 early printed books, including 58 Caxtons, it was sold complete in 1892, and now comprises the backbone of the John Rylands Library, Manchester University.

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