The Old Waiting Room, directly opposite
the Children´s Room, was originally the 3rd class
Waiting Room (2nd class was abolished in the
1880s). Like other locations throughout the
shop, the original fittings have been preserved
and/or restored as much as possible.
Waiting Room, itself, has been earmarked exclusively for our customers´ use during the day (newspapers provided!). After hours, subject to prior arrangement, it is used for various civic events and shop functions.
While in the Old Waiting Room, note the following:
a) the beautiful original hand-made Victorian tiles, the original seating, the timber ceiling with the familiar chevron motif (repeated on the outside curly path and on the doors, etc.) and the fine original cast-iron NER fireplace with a medallion interweaving the NER initials.
b) The modern wrought iron hanging lamp, ‘Mythical Destinations’, commissioned by Barter Books from North East artist, William Pym. The theme of the lamp combines both the railway motif (note the tracks extending out from the central hub in a classic rose pattern), as well as a literary one (all the destinations are mythical). In the centre of the hub is the Latin phrase ‘Et in Arcadia ego’ or ‘I, too, am in Paradise’. (Well, we would have you believe it, anyway!)