Gladstone's Library

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Front entrance to Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library, known until 2010 as St Deiniol's Library (Welsh: Llyfrgell Deiniol Sant), is a residential library in Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]

The library was founded by the Victorian statesman and politician William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898). In 1895, at the age of 85, Gladstone gave £40,000 (equivalent to £4.03 million today)[2] and much of his own library. Despite his advanced age, he himself hauled most of his 32,000 books a quarter of a mile to their new home using his wheelbarrow.

It is Britain's largest residential library and is considered an important research library in Wales with over 250,000 items, mostly in the subjects of the arts and humanities.


  1. ^ "St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.

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Coordinates: 53°11′09″N 3°01′38″W / 53.1859°N 3.0272°W / 53.1859; -3.0272