Manuscripts returning to Peckover House in Wisbech

Peckover's Psalter is returning to Wisbech
Peckover's Psalter is returning to Wisbech

Ancient and fascinating manuscripts, which were once the pride and joy of Lord Peckover’s library, have returned to Peckover for the first time in more than 80 years.

Alexander, Lord Peckover, was an avid collector of rare and ancient books and amongst his treasured collection were a number of illuminated medieval manuscripts.

After his death, some of his collection was sold, went to other private collectors, and eventually found their way to the Blackburn Museum in Lancashire.

Now, for the first time some of those books are returning to Wisbech’s Peckover House and will be on display this season.

“I am delighted that these beautiful books are returning,” said House Manager, Ben Rickett. “It is the culmination of two years work with the museum to bring them here and now that the relationship with Blackburn has been established, we hope to borrow other items in future years.”

One of the books to go on display is known these days as The Peckover Psalter to honour Alexander’s past collection.

Each of the books is richly illustrated and gives us an idea of how magnificent the library at Peckover must once have been.

The books will be on display at Peckover House until November 1.

For further information please phone 01945 583463 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/peckover