Sunday, 18 March 2012

Phone Box Library #67 Little Bentley, Essex

Little Bentley Book Swap Telephone BoxVia a lovely thread on the BookCrossing website forums, I find on Flickr Trevor Powell's photos of what could be the UK's 67th phone box book swap thing in the sleepy Essex village of Little Bentley.

It was converted into a book swap by Mike Taylor and John Leggett and started operation in August 2011.

Its a traditional four shelf unit, jam-packed with around a hundred books, and also a lively parish noticeboard advertising quiz nights at the nearby Bricklayer's Arms. No sign of any of Dan Brown's works, but The Time Traveller's Wife is represented and also reassuringly General Sir John Hackett's The Third World War.

It looks like the nearest public library is in Greenstead, about 7.2 miles away toward Colchester and there is a mobile library service which serves the village every fortnight.

1 comment:

  1. I went to visit this telephone box book swap on Friday 29th June 2012 before returning to The Netherlands by the Stena Line ferry. I took a book from there, and left a book there. I think it is such a pity that no one has cleaned away all the cobwebs in there going from the bookshelf to the side of the box, put in a taller shelf unit and cleaned all the bits of cobwebs from many of the books! You should really get some volunteers to regularly keep these shelves and books cobweb-free. This box stands in such a beautiful setting, but I nearly didn't take a book because I didn't want to touch them in case they had spider webs on them!