Pre-loved books at Hatchlands Park
Our second-hand bookshop at Hatchlands Park has moved and expanded. Thanks to generous contributions from visitors, staff and volunteers this new venture will help towards our fundraising efforts for a full refurbishment of the Grade I listed organ in the Music Room. From fiction and crime to gardening and natural history, there are dozens of titles to choose from.
Fanny Boscawen, the original lady of the house, loved a good book. ‘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 her love of a long read and find yourself a new world to escape into from our new pre-loved book shop. Located in the old stable in the cobbled courtyard, you might find yourself a bargain or two amongst the saddles and riding boots. If you can’t wait to start reading them you can relax in the cosy old armchair and get stuck in.
Overhauling the organ
The books in the stable have all been generously donated by visitors, staff and volunteers and all the money we raise goes directly towards our fundraising project for this year.
The organ in our Music Room was installed in 1904. Lord Rendel wanted ‘to add to Hatchlands a music room with an organ in it’. He built the current Music Room in 1903 as an extension to the house, and had the organ commissioned to fit in this grand new space. The order was placed on 16 April 1903, for the sum of £1000. Additions in the building phase cost him an extra £117 and ten shillings, making to total cost of roughly £100,000 in today’s money.
Our 1904 organ was played for over 100 years before any major conservation work was carried out. Over the last few years, with your help, we’ve been able to rectify some issues including the overhaul of the pedalboard, and the replacement of some of the internal leathers.
The organ was granted Grade I status in 2016 by the British Institute of Organ Studies, who declared it ‘an instrument of importance to the national heritage and one deserving of careful preservation for the benefit of future generations.’ Continued investigation has now identified the need for a full overhaul of the organ. This massive project will help preserve its original features and allow it to continue entertaining visitors for another 100 years and beyond.
You can also contribute to this project through buying a raffle ticket when you visit, or just popping some loose change into one of our collection boxes.
To keep our shelves full we’re always looking for book donations. If you are having a clear-out do please give us a thought as we can only keep this new venture going with your support. If you have books to get rid of but can’t get them to us, we’d be happy to arrange collection within the local area.
We hope you’ll enjoy browsing our pre-loved books and find yourself lost in adventures, just as Fanny did.