Purple Library

Purple Library

A Treasure Trove of Literature

Upon entering the Purple Library you are immediately welcomed with the reassuring scent of thousands of antique volumes, literally covering every wall in the room.

Upon entering the Purple Library you are immediately welcomed with the reassuring scent of thousands of antique volumes, literally covering every wall in the room. Most significantly, the Purple Library is the home of the 3rd Marquess' collected theological works, which would come to spiritually define his character. Yet this space is only one of three inter-connecting libraries, which boasts a combined collection of almost twelve-thousand texts.

Three inter-connected libraries - Blue, Red and Purple - are all named after the colours of their original wall coverings.

Finished in 1912, it was one of the final rooms in the house to be completed – some thirty-two years after work first began. Its original features remain, including, above your head, a beautifully carved French walnut ceiling. Lanterns designed by the hand of Robert Weir Schultz can be found dotted around the room – you could be forgiven for believing they were suspended in mid air.