Eagle Bookshop News & Views
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Some dates at last!

We are getting so close we can give you some dates!

The last day of trading in Castle Road will be Thursday 3rd October.

The shop will be closed on Friday 4th October and Saturday 5th October - apologies for this.

The first Swan Theatre Poetry Evening of the new season will take place at the new premises at 7pm on Sunday 6th October.


Some time during the week beginning Monday 7th October, the doors will be open for business at St Peters Street. There will be gentle biblio-chaos everywhere as shelves get filled, and boxes unpacked but you will be very welcome to visit us - it will be fun!

Some time in November, teething problems over, we will have the big relaunch!




We continue to trade from Castle Road as all sorts of exciting developments are taking place in the town centre:

16 - 20 St Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2NN - the new home of The Eagle Bookshop from October 7th 2019.

Please look out for announcements.

An Exciting Announcement - EXPANSION

Well - it has been the worst kept secret of the last few months so I had better reveal some, if not all!

We hope to relocate our shop into exciting new town centre premises in late summer this year.

The new location is in the heart of the town and is HUGE - 5000 square ft at ground floor!

We have great faith in town centres, but we must all accept that they are changing. We believe that this change can be for the good, as there is a marvelous opportunity now for independent businesses to really make their mark, and for town centres up and down the country to regain their identities.

For the last fifty years, it has been impossible to tell from the HIgh Street shops which town you were in. That's going to change. Soon, for instance, people will say Bedford? That's The Eagle Bookshop.

More information to follow very soon!


Easter Opening Times 2019

Open Good Friday until 2pm,

Open all day Saturday

Closed Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday


Summer Bargains!

An early book of psalms with music, the first ever Guinness Book of Records, an early cookery book, an early Darwin Journal of Researches and a Lakeland beauty - these lovely items kick off a summer season of auction bargains. We hope to present a different batch each Sunday through the summer.

Each book will be offered at just 99 pence start with NO RESERVE via our eBay trading name aumbus.

'Why?' I hear you ask. We're generous and reckless of course, but sometimes we just need to prune the stock. Go grab a pruning!

You can click on our auction page to admire this week's bargains.

Christmas Opening Hours

Firstly, we wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We will be closed Christmas Eve to Tuesday 26th December.

We will be OPEN on
from 11am to 4pm

We will be closed again from Saturday 30th December.

Reopening as normal from TUESDAY JANUARY 2nd.

First Photo of the Forth Bridge, Signed & Dated by Designer

Is this the first ever photograph of the Forth Bridge?

Taken eight years before its completion, and signed and dated by the designer Sir Benjamin Baker in May 1882, it is a photograph of the model he used to demonstrate his amazing, innovative design to a specially appointed parliamentary committee. They were impressed, as we all know, and the rest is history - it has become one of the most iconic structures in the world.

And that's not all... on the back of the photo is a pencil sketch, presumably in Baker's hand, demonstrating the theory of the cantilever principle. You can even imagine him drawing it for the Prime Minister. Absolutely amazing.

I am thrilled to have purchased this, and I'll be devastated when I sell it - a sentiment the bank manager just won't understand!


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