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Your search for posts with tags containing hurd library found 67 posts

Monkey Business

When you think of Egypt pyramids and sphinxes usually spring to mind - like the view George Sandys...
From: The Hurd Library on 19 Feb 2017

Back where he belongs

Lord Mansfield’s bust was one of our subjects a few years ago, after we had discovered its marble...
From: The Hurd Library on 12 Jan 2017

Spotting a fake

Computers are pretty clever these days at identifying instances of literary plagiarism or forgery....
From: The Hurd Library on 10 Dec 2016

Surviving the Somme

In July we posted a blog about Corporal T Smyth, who convalesced at Hartlebury after being wounded...
From: The Hurd Library on 15 Oct 2016

Archival secrets

We never know what we might find in the Hurd Library. Last week I was sorting a pile of bills sent...
From: The Hurd Library on 15 Sep 2016

Wild about Worcester Cathedral

Charles Wild (1781-1835) was a watercolour artist and engraver specialising in architecture. He...
From: The Hurd Library on 26 Jun 2016

Speedwells and rabbits

The heavenly blue of  the tiny speedwells always suggests summer is on the way. They were sparkling...
From: The Hurd Library on 19 May 2016

Isaac Reed and Shakespeare

As a long-time resident of Stratford-upon-Avon I was of course delighted to hear of the recent...
From: The Hurd Library on 21 Apr 2016

The Hartlebury Spring

This was the castle drive today - daffodils keeping the cattle company.And in one of the cottage...
From: The Hurd Library on 5 Apr 2016


I spotted this peeping out of a hedge on my way through the village yesterday.As Penny has now done...
From: The Hurd Library on 17 Feb 2016

The ideal library

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio has some good advice on the best situation for a library, in this copy of...
From: The Hurd Library on 27 Jan 2016

Christmas at Hartlebury

The Hurd Library has only a few early Bibles. The Geneva version of 1599 is one of them. This is the...
From: The Hurd Library on 17 Dec 2015

Davy Gam, Esquire

 The Battle of Agincourt took place 600 years ago today. Shakespeare tells the story in Henry V:His...
From: The Hurd Library on 25 Oct 2015

A Bishop’s descendants

Hartlebury Castle always gives a warm welcome to the families or descendants of its bishops. At the...
From: The Hurd Library on 23 Aug 2015

Naughty man’s cherries

One of the plants illustrated by Wiiliam Curtis in his Flora Londinensis is Deadly Nightshade.The...
From: The Hurd Library on 13 Jul 2015


Bishop Hurd did not live to see the final defeat of Napoleon, 200 years ago today, but he was well...
From: The Hurd Library on 18 Jun 2015

Getting plastered

We never know what requests for information about the Hurd Library will lead to. Recently our friend...
From: The Hurd Library on 12 May 2015

Royal outfits

Visitors to Hartlebury Castle can see fine replicas of the clothes George III and Queen Charlotte...
From: The Hurd Library on 1 May 2015

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