There are also significant holdings of materials from the library of Christopher Wordsworth (1848-1938):
Great-grandson of Christopher Wordsworth (1774-1846), Master of Trinity College Cambridge, great-nephew of the poet William Wordsworth, nephew of Charles Wordsworth (1806-1892), Bishop of St. Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, son of Christopher (1807-1885), Bishop of Lincoln, and brother to John (1843-1911), Bishop of Salisbury. Christopher Wordsworth served as chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral and later was a canon of Salisbury Cathedral, where he held a number of posts including that of librarian and chancellor. Wordsworth’s library collection reflects his academic interest in historical and liturgical research as well as containing books and manuscripts that had belonged to or were written by his brother, father, uncle and grandfather.
With the refurbishment of the Sheppard-Worlock Library at Liverpool Hope University, the Radcliffe Collection is now housed in a British Standard vault designed to house the Radcliffe manuscripts and early printed books which were, until very recently, held in the University of Liverpool’s Sydney Jones Library.
The remainder of the Radcliffe collection, containing liturgical and antiquarian books and books of general theological interest, was transferred to the Sheppard-Worlock Library in 2009. Happily the collection is now reunited and can be used as it was intended, as an important resource for liturgical scholarship.
To view the manuscripts or rare books please email Special Collections at Liverpool Hope University.