Second-hand books have always been important to Englesea Brook. The Mow Cop booksales run by Rev Stephen Hatcher was the beginning of our association with these pre-loved treasures, with all the profits supporting the work here at Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum. In 2012 Rev Malcolm Lorimer and a group of loyal volunteers found a permanent home for the same purpose, using a former Methodist Chapel at Hassall Road, Alsager. Only 2 miles from junction 16 of the M6, this Aladdin’s Cave is home to over 50,000 books from Early History to modern paperbacks.
Over coffee and cake, there are good sections on History, Art, Poetry, Crime, Romance, Gardening, Classics, Local History, Travel, Geography and Children’s to explore, not to mention Railways! Unsurprisingly, we have a large Methodist collection including John Wesley biographies and journals as well as Methodist history locally and around the world. In addition, the large theology section houses over 300 bible commentaries and includes sections on healing, evangelism, leadership, spirituality, ethics and pastoral ministry.
We open Friday and Saturday each week 10am-2pm and every Bank Holiday. We accept all kinds of books from modern novels (we have over 1,000 crime novels) to old and dusty theology but we don’t usually collect unless it is a special library. Some of the rarer books we put on the Internet and we are hoping to do an auction soon. Books will be listed on our Book Sales page.
We have services at special times in the chapel (the organ is still working) and this year we hope to start monthly discussions on books and local authors. You can follow us on Facebook – search ‘Alsager Book Emporium’ and if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rev Malcolm Lorimer on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you.