Over 900 books from Lincoln Cathedral’s John Wilson Library have been added to the University of Lincoln Special Collections catalogue, although the books remain at the Cathedral. These were added because images could be attached here but at a time when this was not possible on the Cathedral catalogue and to support students on the MA Nineteenth Century Studies course. The John Wilson library was formerly located in the rectory of Donington and is an example of a parish library containing mostly 18th and 19th century material.
John Wilson Junior and Senior were Calvinists and their library contains medical, homeopathic and veterinary books alongside sermons and ecclesiastical material. John Wilson Senior was vicar at Donington for 54 years. John Wilson Junior died in 1869 and left their combined libraries to the parish of Donington.
Image: John Wilson, Sr. (1758-1850)
The collection also includes travel books such as Yosy’s ‘Switzerland, as now divided into nineteen cantons’ and 'Bradshaw's monthly continental railway guide for travellers through Europe...' from May 1861.
The latter contains the official time and fare timetables of all the continental railways, steam boats, diligences, mail coaches etc., clear and full information in respect to passports, foreign moneys, hotel, routes, and an epitomized description of each country.
You can access this collection by searching on the Special Collections catalogue or on the Lincoln Cathedral Catalogue. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information and to discuss your research requirements.
Image: John Wilson, Jr. (1804-1869)