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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 23 September 2013

Barter bookshop in Alnwick

This disused railway station in Alnwick, Northumberland,  has been converted into one of the largest 2nd hand book shops in Britain.







Lines of poetry and a model railway link the cases of books.






I could have spent hours and hours browsing through the shelves and I'm sure if I lived nearby I probably would. There is also a cafe, serving delicious food, which is where I met up with a friend of mine, who now lives in Hexham.









This mural of well known writers brightens up what used to be a plain wall.


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25 comments:

  1. Wow, that is a nice bookstore, I could browse there too for hours. And a nice mural too.

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  2. The weather was lousy when we visited Alnwick. Do you pronounce it like locals do? I regret not visiting the castle, gardens at least. Put Alnwick into the search box on my blog, and there will also be rather a lot of results if you put in Hexham. I loved the place when we stayed there.

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  3. Mose 2nd hand book stores I have been in have a musty smell about them which tends to put me off getting any. Great looking store and still in the same flavor as what it was used for origonaly

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  4. Is there where Keep Calm and Carry On was found? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On

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  5. ooooh I would love to spend hours in there too.

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  6. How fun! I would love to spend time in there. Thanks for showing me what a nice bookstore it is! :-)

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  7. what a phenomenal way to reuse a building! I could browse for hours here! our disused train depot is the office of our Cardinal Greenway, walking and biking trail in our county. the trail follows the railroad tracks no longer used.

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  8. I love used book stores, and would have so much fun in this one! Here in Portland, we have a huge bookstore called Powell's that sells both new and used books. It's a local landmark.

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  9. Great shots of a fascinating place ~ would love to go there ~ carol ^_^

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  10. What a fabulous place .... I would love to loose myself in there for a day.

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  11. Oh gosh...I could live in there happily.

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  12. I love bookstores, they are a happy place! The mural is pretty, I have seen a train similar in a restaurant around here. Great post, thanks for sharing. Enjoy your week!

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  13. What a great bookstore! And really nice reuse of an old building.

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  14. I wouldn't want to come out of the place! What unique interiors for the store!

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  15. Great shots of the place. I would love to spend time here.

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  16. Alnwick is a splendid place - I think this book shop was where the owner found the original "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  17. Ah I love to visit bookshops, especially the travel and cookbooks section :)

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  18. An old railway station and book shop in one - that's like a dream come true! I would love to visit this place and spend hours there. I love the mural, too - this looks like such a wonderful shop!

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  19. Looks like a great place for a rainy day. Bet they have bird books for me to find.

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  20. What a great use for it!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  21. That must be a great shop. Second hand books, no better than that.

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  22. Looks like a really cool book store!!!

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  23. I could spend all day in a wonderful bookstore such as this, perusing all the treasures it holds!

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