St Deiniol’s Library
Founded in 1889 by William Ewart Gladstone, St Deiniol’s Library is Britain’s only residential library, an architectural gem nestling in the Welsh borderlands, six miles from Chester. Four times prime minister, four times Chancellor of the Exchequer and a parliamentarian for over sixty years, Gladstone was also a voracious reader who built up a remarkable library at his home in the North Wales village of Hawarden.
Towards the end of his life, Gladstone began to think about the final destination of his vast collection of books and formed the idea of ‘a country home for the purposes of study and research, for the pursuit of divine learning, a centre of religious life.’
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