Kedermister Library

Kedermister Library

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Our next visit will be to Kedermister Library and St Mary’s Church in Langley on 2 September.

Anyone who hasn’t already visited this amazing library will enjoy the surprise of finding such a little-known gem almost on our doorstep. Sir John Kedermister had owned land in Langley from the 1550s and in 1626 became Lord of Langley Manor. He had been a benefactor of the church already, providing many splendid church furnishings which survive, including the Kedermister Chapel for his family’s use. This now leads to the Library built in the 1630s, and both are painted with trompe l’oeil architectural and panelling details over every surface. The Library was founded so that local clergy could access theological volumes, mostly in Latin. Perhaps more interesting to modern eyes is the Kedermisters’ family Pharmacopolium, a prescription book detailing ailments and homemade remedies, such as many households relied on at the time. (Robert Barker of Datchet and Sir John Kedermister knew each other and had argued about land ownership.)

A maximum number of 15 people can enter the library at any one time. If there are more than 15 of us, we can split into two groups with one group visiting the library while the other explores the church which is fascinating in its own right. A small, 20-page guide to the church is on sale at £1 and there are also volunteers on hand to point out interesting details.

When 3pm-5pm, Sunday 2 September 2018.

Where We’ll meet at the church, St Mary The Virgin, 3 St Mary’s Rd, Langley, Slough SL3 7EN.

Cost There is a recommended donation of £5 per person towards the upkeep of the library. (The library is managed by Buckinghamshire County Council and donations to the library are separate from those made to the church.)

Parking Some parking is available on the street outside the church. We have also been told that we can leave our cars in The Red Lion’s car park opposite the church.

Refreshments After our visit, please join us at The Red Lion opposite for refreshments. (This large pub also serves Sunday lunches.) For details, click here.

TO BOOK This event is for Datchet Village Society members. To book your places, please call Marjorie on 545110 or, to send us a message this website, please click here

Further details For more information about the library and the church, please click here


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