Bookbindery

Bookbinding as a craft has been practised in monasteries from earliest times and many of the techniques used were developed in monastic workshops.The Bindery at Quarr Abbey therefore is the inheritor of a long and proud tradition of monastic craftsmanship. There has been a Bookbindery at Quarr almost since the foundation of the present Abbey in 1907. For most of its history its main purpose was to look after the Abbey’s extensive library but in the last fifteen years the Bindery has expanded and now seeks to put the skill of the binders at the service of the local community and to be one of the means by which the community seeks to support itself.

Quarr Abbey Bindery is a traditional craft bindery where, as far as possible, everything is done by hand, according to traditional methods and every attempt is made to find the most appropriate and highest quality materials for each commission.

While we will consider any job offered to us, we are especially interested in the repair and restoration of old books.

We are very happy to discuss work in leather or in cloth, either complete rebinds or repairs. We can also make albums and books from scratch to clients’ specifications.

Any enquires should be addressed to Father Nicholas Spencer at the Bindery bindery@quarr.org.

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Welcome to the Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.

Quarr Abbey is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors are welcome to attend worship in the Abbey Church. You can visit our gardens, take refreshment in our Tea Shop and find out about the monastery in our Visitor Centre. The Farm Shop offers home grown produce and the Monastery Shop religious articles, books and souvenirs. There is a new exhibition of the work of local artists every week in the gallery.

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