The Weighbridge secondhand bookshop

Books from the National Trust online shop

To raise funds to support our conservation work on site, we've opened The Weighbridge secondhand bookshop. Nestled inside Cliveden's Gas Yard, this quaint but substantial bookshop offers a wide range of pre-loved books, kindly donated by you.

The Weighbridge secondhand bookshop, located in the Gas Yard next to the Walled Garden, is a quiet space to browse our well stocked shelves, filled with the kind donations from previous visitors.

From hardbacks to hardly-looks-read, books have been generously donated from far and wide, by visitors, volunteers and staff. We’ve also recruited a dedicated team of bookshop assistants, all of which are volunteers. From behind the scenes sorting to working the shop floor – we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of our enthusiastic volunteers.

" “Every pound raised from the sales in the Second-hand Bookshop will go straight back into our conservation work here at Cliveden. All the money you are able to give this year will go towards the Generator House project, where we're stabilising the walls and replacing the roof to ensure it survives for future generations as a unique example of early domestic power.”"
- Gemma Fairless, Commercial Manager for Cliveden

Fundraising the Generator House project

All the profits from the Cliveden bookshop go towards fundraising, and this year’s project is The Generator House. Works have started on the project; however more money is needed to enable further works. You can view the status of project from a viewing platform, located opposite the Orangery café, and discover why this building is so worth saving.


The bookshop, while fully-loaded for opening, is still seeking donations of books of all sorts, so please do drop yours in to the Information Centre at any day during opening hours.

The Generator House

The Generator House at Cliveden

After almost a year The Generator House is beginning to see the light of day once more... an important building constructed for the Astors' to supply them with electricity, one of the very first private homes in the UK to do so. After many years of gradual decay, the Trust now has the opportunity to restore a significant part of this interesting engineering building.