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Newstead Abbey : Library
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Newstead Abbey...
Was originally an Augustinian priory founded by Henry II in about 1170.

In 1540 Henry VIII granted Newstead to the poet's ancestor, Sir John Byron.

Newstead Abbey retains its medieval character.

The most famous survival is the west front of the church, which dates from the late 13th century.
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Until recently the library used to be known as the North Gallery and had walls that were painted white.

In the late 1980s the wallpaper on the white walls was peeled away to discover layers of Victorian wallpaper. What you can see now is 95% original Victorian wallpaper and only 5% restored.

In the days of the poet Lord Byron the library contained many fine books. Byron spent much of his time at Newstead Abbey reading and writing.
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