Posted on July 14, 2021 at 1:36 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Stories of long-overdue books’ returns pop up on a routine basis.

But this particular title we’re about to tell you about came back after the library where it was housed was actually dismantled.

The Sheffield Star reports that Welsh woman mailed a 1704 edition of The Faith and Practice of a Church of England-Man to Sheffield Cathedral in England, saying that her late godmother had requested that in her will.

Reverend Canon Keith Farrow, who currently serves Sheffield Church, told the paper that he believes the church’s library was dismantled in the early nineteenth century — and that this particular book was checked out one hundred years before that.

“I’m trying to work out what the librarian’s fine would be – you never know, we might get a new roof or something with the fine!” Farrow joked, before adding that he actually promised the family that there would be no charge.

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