The Brewhouse Bookshop

The interior of the Brewhouse Bookshop

The Second-hand Bookshop may just have your next great read. Browse for a book on your way into the house, in the space where beer would have originally been brewed. The room features many quirky features as well as plenty of great books.

From science fiction to gardening books, from cross stitch instructions to murder mysteries, there are plenty of second-hand books to browse in our cosy Brewhouse Bookshop.

These books have been kindly donated by our visitors and supporters, and the money raised for Canons Ashby by the Brewhouse Bookshop has gone to support the conservation and continued running of the site.

We are now accepting small donations of books up to two carrier bags or one large box. If you plan to make a donation please let us know in advance on so we can arrange a time to accept them. Thank you for thinking of us.

Thanks to the Brewhouse Bookshop we are able to offer the accessibility buggy, helping visitors access our site who need a hand getting from the car park to the house, shop and tea-room, as well as contributing to many other aspects of the site.

There is something for everyone in the Brewhouse Bookshop
A selection of books form the Brewhouse Bookshop
There is something for everyone in the Brewhouse Bookshop


The Brewhouse was used to brew beer between at least the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, supplying the house, estate and workers. In the 20th Century it is most famous for being in a picture of famous goldsmith Louis Osman and Prince Charles’ crown of investiture which he created here at Canons Ashby in the 1960s. More recently, some visitors remember having a brew in the Brewhouse when Canons Ashby first opened, as it was the location of our first tea-room.

Medieval masonry in the Brewhouse Bookshop
Some medieval masonry from the Priory in the bookshop
Medieval masonry in the Brewhouse Bookshop

When you visit, as well as plenty of bargains, you can see fragments of plaster work from the house mounted on the walls, and historic masonry from the Priory within the shop. Come and stock up for the upcoming autumn evenings.

Our friendly bookshop volunteers will be happy to help you find something you like, so pop in soon and pick up a paperback.