About Barter Books


The shop has many extra features: open fires in the Winter, beloved by all. The Station Buffet with good plain food, coffee, tea and cookies. A model railway acting as a link between the book columns of the central room, along with poetry lines. Three stunning 40-foot murals. A mini-cybercafé (well, two computers!) and free wi-fi. Numerous restored station features. Generous seating. A children’s room with enough toys to allow parents and grandparents to browse elsewhere in peace – provided one guardian is left to look after the children! And a whole huge room lined with over forty glass cases containing many of the more interesting antiquarian books

Preservation and Restoration: because of its architecture and history, the owners have done what they can (and felt privileged to do so) to restore and enhance their holding – as and when they could afford to. To that end, the lovely old canopy outside has been re-exposed, the fireplaces put back into working order, a missing skylight glassed in, rooms replastered and repainted. All of which, to our pleasure, has brought, after an absence of thirty years, public life back to a building that was made for it.

But there’s still much work to be done. And probably always will be. Just as Stuart dreams of restoring the working train, for example, I dream of restoring the entire glass roof. And we both dream of having the time to just read a book.


2 thoughts on “About Barter Books

  1. Sid Satam

    This is just to convey my sincere appreciation of the “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” message. We really owe Stuart and Mary for preserving the original unpublished message from the UK government (which dated back to World War 2).

    This message not only inspires me, but also turns ambitions into reality. It gets me going in tough situations without getting hindered by obstacles. And I believe, credit goes to Stuart and Mary. Thanks a lot!!

  2. angie

    Hello. I love the little youtube video about the poster and your beautiful bookstore. Someday I hope to visit. I would like to put the link to the video up on my personal blog. if that is permitted by you, could you please give me the URL address or whatever is needed to do that? Thank you!


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