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400th anniversary of Bishop Thomas Smith

Bishop Thomas Smith collected around 1000 books Photo: ITV News Border

A rare collection of 17th Century books has gone on display at the Carlisle Cathedral Library on the 400th anniversary of its collector, Bishop Thomas Smith.

Bishop Smith went to school in Appleby, started his career in Cockermouth then became Canon, Dean and Bishop of Carlisle.

During that time he amassed a collection of around 1000 books on a variety of subjects, some of them annotated with his notes.

Books collected by Bishop Thomas Smith Credit: ITV News Border

They would have been very expensive but are testament to his love of knowledge and desire to learn.

That passion is mirrored 400 years on by the Cathedral's current Librarian David Weston, who has curated the exhibition.

The books are on display for 3 days only.