celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2008.
Formerly known as the British Jigsaw Puzzle Club, it began in 1933 and has
survived for 75 years despite many difficulties which caused the closure of
goes out to the previous owners of the Library for all their dedication and
hard work in making the Library what it is today. Above all, we would like
to thank the many members, past and present, for their loyal support over
The British Jigsaw
Puzzle Library provides the opportunity to borrow jigsaw puzzles. These puzzles are
all wooden and vary in the style and degree of difficulty. Read on for more
The British Jigsaw Puzzle Library
This is a lending library and puzzles are
exchanged mainly by post. Members are sent puzzles according to their preferences
with regard to size and difficulty. We undertake to exchange them as promptly as
possible and not to supply the same puzzle twice (unless asked to do so!).
All the puzzles are wooden without picture
guides and our team of cutters keeps adding to our collection of about 4,000
puzzles. The variety of style and degree of difficulty are wide and we take
considerable care to suit each member.
Members may keep the puzzles for any length of
time within their subscription period and always have some at home whilst the others are
History of The British Jigsaw Puzzle Library
The British Jigsaw Puzzle Library has been in
existence since 1933 when Lord Craigavon, an addictive solver of puzzles, wished to lend
his puzzles to friends and introduced a subscription charge to cover costs.
Soon, Lord Craigavon passed on the Library and
its existing forty members to a lady who introduced the exchanging of puzzles by
post. A booklet was enclosed in each puzzle box, in which members were invited to
confirm that the puzzle was complete. This also gave a indications of age and
condition of the puzzles and the expertise and likes and dislikes of the member.
This has proved invaluable and has continued to this day.
In 1942, during the war, the then owner, Elsie
Baldwyn, was advised to close. Elsie felt it was her duty to carry on the library
and what finally made up her mind, for some obscure reason, was a baby's shoe in a
parcel. This shoe is still with the Library and has remained as the Club's mascot.
During the next few years, Elsie was able to
introduce many more puzzles and widen the choice of difficulty of cuts to members.
Elsie also headed her writing paper 'Under Royal Patronage' as The Princesses Marie Louise
and Helena Victoria became members, as well as Lady Patricia Ramsay. The Library
still has Royal Members, Her Majesty the Queen being one of them.
The Library has only had seven owners
throughout its sixty-seven years, and the current owners are dedicated to keeping the
Library in excellent condition, as all of the previous Jigsaw Puzzle Library owners were.