1414: John Neuton and the Re-Foundation of York Minster Library

John Neuton, born c. 1350, was a canon of York from 1385 until his death in 1414. His bequest of books to York Minster was a catalyst for the creation of a library building to house the cathedral's book collection, recreating a scholarly resource lost by the destruction of Alcuin's library in the ninth century. The legacy of Neuton's bequest continues to this day.

Explore this website to:

  • Find out about Neuton and his books
  • See what the fifteenth-century Minster Library looked like
  • Read some of Neuton's surviving books
  • Find out about the history of the Minster Library, from its beginnings to the present day
  • Discover the latest research into an important figure in the Minster's history and the Minster Library