The Engine Room Bookshop at Hatchlands Park
Our second-hand bookshop at Hatchlands Park has moved and expanded. Thanks to generous contributions from our wonderful visitors and volunteers, we’re able to offer you an even greater choice, with all funds going towards vital conservation projects across the estate. From classic volumes and colourful children’s tales to modern fiction and biographical treasures, discover something new (to you) to keep or share.
Fanny Boscawen, the original lady of the house, loved a good book. She wrote, ‘If I ever take off the embargo which I lay upon all novels, I am lost to all other employment whatever, and do nothing till I have got through all my adventurers’ adventures, and seen them all safely provided for.’
You can now join in with her love of a long read and find yourself a new world to escape into from the Engine Room bookshop. You’ll find this treasure trove of pre-loved volumes located in the old engine room in the cobbled courtyard, close to the Kitchen Café.
At the moment we're only able to accept cash. You can pay for your books using the donation boxes located in the bookshop.
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. You’ll need to wear a face covering in the bookshop and please look out for the one-way system and social distancing signs while you’re here.
Give your unwanted books a new home
You can share in our passion for second-hand books whilst supporting the buildings, nature and landscape on the Hatchlands Park estate, by donating your books and picking up a great read from the Engine Room. Every book donated or purchased, directly contributes towards essential conservation work, indoors and outdoors.
You can drop off your unwanted books with us in-store whenever we’re open, 7 days a week from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Alternatively, if you’re having a major clear-out, you can email us to arrange a drop off time or call us on 01483 222482.
Overhauling the organ
The money we raise goes directly towards our fundraising projects. One of the most pressing of those at Hatchlands Park currently is to restore the concert organ in the Music Room. With your help, we’ve already made a start, but now we need to complete a comprehensive restoration
In 1904 Lord Rendel decided that he wished, ‘to add to Hatchlands a music room with an organ in it.’ Having just passed its 117th birthday, this much-loved instrument that dominates the room is now in need of some TLC. We need to raise over £100,000 to carry out a full overhaul of this Grade I listed organ, so that we can preserve it for future generations and continue providing a musical backdrop to your visits for another 100 years.
We hope you’ll enjoy contributing to our cause by browsing and buying our pre-loved books and find yourself lost in adventures, just as Fanny Boscawen did.