As Winter approaches, I felt it was the perfect time to share with you possibly one of the quirkiest, cosiest bookshops I have visited.
Barter Books is situated in the rambling town of Alnwick in Northumberland. It was opened in 1991, when Mary Manley opened a secondhand bookshop based on the swap system- hence the name, ‘Barter Books’. Mary thus opened the shop in the front room of her husband’s small manufacturing plant, located in Alnwick’s magnificent old Victorian railway station.
So, in other words, this bookshop has taken up residence in an old railway station! The Manleys have clearly worked hard to preserve the atmosphere of a railway station, as you can see from the photos. It’s hard to describe the overall feeling from the place, but I know it was really special.
I hope you enjoyed this cosy post, and if you’re ever in or around Alnwick, I urge you to allow yourself an hour or two for wandering round this beautiful bookshop.