Barter Books

Barter Books is a secondhand bookstore in the historic English market town of Alnwick, with red velvety armchairs, an open fire, trundling model trains overhead, and a lovely story of the famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster. And of course, a huge collection of secondhand books on many subjects. It’s located in the old Alnwick train station. The waiting room is a small cafe, which used to have a lovely beef stew (though I couldn’t find it during our visit in summer 2015). My first ever cook book, called Pasta, was bought here. We also collected all three posters of the iconic Second World War poster series, including the Keep Calm and Carry On poster (you can find a video about the history and discovery of it on Barter Books website).

A lovely place for a day trip on a rainy day.

Sorry about my over-use of the fish-eye lens in the photos below. It was new and that was my testing trip :)

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I like the book trolleys. The bookstore feels like a functional and well-loved place with them parked around.
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The sun comes through the glass train station roof. The place feels big and airy.
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Even with all the bookcases, shelves and chest of drawers filled with books, the place doesn’t feel cramped.
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Here comes the train! (Using my new selfie stick in a creative way and not pointing the camera towards myself.)

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Dilemma of the photographer: if I tidied up the paper off the table, the well-positioned girl might be gone. But here I captured the young girl standing just in the right spot, but with rubbish lying around.

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4 thoughts on “Barter Books

  1. Thanks! I’m glad you like them :) Thanks for visiting and leaving comment too!

  2. Amazing place! What a stunning decor and shelves arrangement ! And i love the funny look of your pics too ;)

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