The best bookshop in England?

I’m up in Cambridgeshire helping the National Trust with their Wicken Fen Vision at the moment. Yesterday afternoon I went into Ely for my tea. It was absolutely pouring with rain but I managed to see the magnificent Cathedral and went to what is maybe the best bookshop in England….

Here is is the ‘Ship of the Fens’ – the tower illuminated in the autumn rainy night

Ely has the best book shop (perhaps outside of London) I have ever been too, this is Topping and Company in the High Street – three floors of books! If you take natural history there are 7 shelves including a complete set of the re-printed Collins New Naturalist Series – I’ve never seen that anywhere else including in London.

I bought these four books – amazing that they were in stock – really specialist books which you would only expect to find via Goggle or Amazon.

If you live in Cambridgeshire – go to this shop and use it – it is a gem. They also have branches in Fife and Baths.

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