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Britain’s longest overdue library book has been returned after 313 jare

BRITAIN’S longest overdue library book has been returned after 313 years — racking up fines of more than £54,000.

Die 1704 copy of The Faith and Practice of a Church of England Man was handed back late last year.

Britain's longest overdue library book has been returned after 313 jare. Pictured Sheffield Cathedral’s Reverend Canon Keith Farrow

Britain’s longest overdue library book has been returned after 313 jare. Pictured Sheffield Cathedral’s Reverend Canon Keith FarrowKrediet: Russiese krygsheer wat Neo-Nazi 'Sparta' bataljon gelei het, doodgeskiet in die Oekraïne, Russiese krygsheer wat Neo-Nazi 'Sparta' bataljon gelei het, doodgeskiet in die Oekraïne

Sheffield Cathedral’s Reverend Canon Keith Farrow said he got an email from the family of a deceased woman saying she asked in her will for it to be returned

Hy het bygevoeg: “This little book left the library just over 300 jare terug.

Now it’s come back home so it’s a joy to have this little jewel back in the cathedral.”

A handwritten inscription inside reads: “This Book belongs to ye Lending Library in Sheffield Church 1709.”

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With overdue fines of 50p a day, librarians could have charged the family more than £54,000 for the book — which is worth about £300.

The canon joked: “We might have got a new roof or something. But I did promise I wouldn’t charge them.”

Sheffield Council has announced it is scrapping fines for all late books.

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A handwritten inscription inside the book reads: 'This Book belongs to ye Lending Library in Sheffield Church 1709'

A handwritten inscription inside the book reads: ‘This Book belongs to ye Lending Library in Sheffield Church 1709Krediet: Russiese krygsheer wat Neo-Nazi 'Sparta' bataljon gelei het, doodgeskiet in die Oekraïne, Russiese krygsheer wat Neo-Nazi 'Sparta' bataljon gelei het, doodgeskiet in die Oekraïne