Tales From the City- A bookshop in London

photographs of Hatchards book shop by susan sheldon nolenI was looking for an interesting door to photograph and the weather was, well just English. Sunny a few moments ago and now a very dark cloud was looming overhead. By chance I spied my downfall, a bookshop. One of the good things, ( for my pocket-book, at least) is when I am out and about, I don’t like to carry things. I want to be hands free and no matter how awesome my wicker basket trolley is, I want to roam London unencumbered.

I came across Hatchard’s Bookshop and just groaned with excitement. I love the idea of walking into a bookshop that is well over a hundred years old. It is the oldest bookshop in the United Kingdom. Oh heart be still… 1797.

hatchard's book shop sign by susan sheldon nolenWho else walked into this little shop in London looking for something to read? My imagination takes over. This is what a bookshop should be, a lovely old staircase leading to more books upstairs, old photographs, staff that can answer questions, and that have actually read books!

stairstobooksshs2013A bookshop with history? What more could I ask for?  I could not stop drooling. This is where Jane Austen popped in to purchase a book! Just the thought of one of my favourite authors of old, browsing shelves like I was that day…a connection through a book time warp? I wish…   My only complaint of the shop was- where is my leather chair to sit in and spend hours reading snippets of books to bring home with me?

chair book shop by susan sheldon nolenThere was a chair in the shop that day captured by a gentleman. I was far too ladylike to walk over and demand he leave that instant, ( course I did have the thought!) If you are in London and need a book to read, pop in, stay awhile, and wonder who else walked through these doors. Try to pop in around Christmas where authors linger about to sign books.

Oh trolley get the dust off, old dear!

A link to dear old Hatchards


About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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7 Responses to Tales From the City- A bookshop in London

  1. Lynne Ayers says:

    What a lovely place to spend an hour or two.

  2. Now that is a real temptation. Just seeing the glass in the sidewalk outside the shop makes me wonder what treasures are stored beneath. And the staircase, breathtaking. I think I could spend an entire day there.

    • Hi Fannie! I so wanted to spend years in this dear little book shop! Good thing I had to catch a train or they would have thrown me out at closing time!

      • I understand that temptation. There’s a little book shop in Vancouver, BC,–Munro’s–that my husband must drag me out of every time we go by. The temptation of tea next door always helps.

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