Book Shop - Exciting News!

As the town's independent, family-run bookseller for over 175 years, we have a long and proud history of trading in Saffron Walden and are immensely excited by the latest development in the Hart’s Books' story.

In April 2016, Daunt Books opened in King Street, Saffron Walden, using the trading name Hart’s Books, right next to Hart’s Yard, the original birthplace of W Hart & Son Ltd in 1836.

Martin Turnbull, Managing Director of W Hart & Son, said at the time, “I am delighted that we have been able to help in the re-establishment of an independent bookseller in the heart of Saffron Walden. We were very sad at the closure of our town centre bookshop in 2007, so it is very exciting to witness this rebirth.

James Daunt of Daunt Books added, “We are very grateful to Martin and Andrew Turnbull for introducing us to Saffron Walden. We greatly look forward to welcoming Hart’s Books to our small family of independent bookshops.”

Daunt Books runs each of its seven shops independently, enjoying a strong reputation for the excellence of its booksellers and the wide stock it offers.

All the latest information about the new book shop can be found at:

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