Last Friday, 1st September, staff from Bookbarn were paid a visit by MP for North East Somerset Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Over coffee and cafes from the Full Stop Cafe, staff discussed the future of the bookselling industry with the prominent politician - as well as matters of a more local concern.

These included questions about the frequency of buses to Hallatrow, Paulton and Temple Cloud - access to the city of Bath - and the lack of pavements on and around the A37.

North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees Mogg with Bookbarn International Direcotor William Pryor 3.jpg


After a tour of our warehouse and an enthusiastic inspection of the Darwin Rare Books Room, Mr. Rees-Mogg praised Bookbarn for being 'a repository of knowledge in rural Somerset.'

He went on to say that the local region had once been home to major employers -including a network of coal mines, the Purnells printing business and Fry's Chocolate Factory - but the local economy was now being driven by a host of small businesses such as Bookbarn.

It was a good opportunity for us to broach some important topics for people in the local area - as well as being able to showcase our Rare Books Room, which we are very proud of!