Our Story

Sandra reading a book with a cup of tea in bookshop by Nicky

Our shop story begins way back in 2013, with an August Bank Holiday fund raiser – selling vintage items, tea and cake. We enjoyed it so much that between 2014 and 2017 we ran a pop-up café every summer and gradually cleared and cleaned a former joiner’s shop and shed in our garden.

Books on the Lane

Because we love gardening, and care about our natural world, in 2017 we opened Walton Herbs and enjoyed extraordinary success, so that in 2019 we could extend our operations to include our year-round book shop, Books on the Lane, housed in our renovated joiner’s workshop.

At the heart of all our work is a belief in the power of shared music-making for young people, and so, every year we shave off a percentage of any profit and donate it to a youth music organisation based in Yorkshire.

Our record to date means we have helped York Jazz Initiative, Barnsley Youth Choir, Castleford Young Musicians, Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra, and The Crofton Bandits at Crofton Silver Band.

Pot of tea and milk with donations info by Nicky

An accumulation of retail and bookselling working environments means that we have over 20 years experience in both the book selling and publishing industries and hope our knowledge is always of help and support to our customers.

We love supporting our local community and, via funding and sponsorship, we have helped Sandal Community Association, Working For Walton, Walton School PTA, Oakenshaw Lane Community Triangle Garden, Friends of Walton Colliery Nature Park, and Pledwick Cricket Club.

#kindness economy

Credits: The Yorkshire Live Music Project CIC was established in Wakefield in 2009 and exists due to the support and generosity of a huge number of people. With special thanks to the late Marianne Gordon and the late Chris de Saram, our youth team (2009 to 2012) our Directors Zoe Carlon and John Carlon, and to all our loyal customers.

Web-site photos credit: Nicky Rogerson.

Books on the Lane is the little bookshop with a big heart – a trading arm of The Yorkshire Live Music Project CIC, independently supporting youth music and the performing arts since 2013. Every purchase from our shop helps youth music in Yorkshire. Please consider a small donation. We’re looking after the pennies in the hope the pounds will look after themselves: