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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2018

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Abacus Books
24 Regent Road
ALTRINCHAM  Cheshire  WA14 1RP   map
tel: 0161 928 5108
Open: Tuesday & Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Large general stock and arts, crafts and local history.

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Age UK Book Shop
68 The Parade
Oadby 
LEICESTER  Leicestershire  LE2 5BF   map
tel: 0116 2718197  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
A very varied selection of good quality second-hand books at attractive prices starting from £1. All proceeds go towards providing important services to local older people.

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Avril Whittle
Whittles Book Warehouse
Rear of 7-9 Bainbridge Road 
SEDBERGH  Cumbria  LA10 5AU   map
tel: 015396 21770
Open: By appointment
Art and design, textile arts and needlework, all types of handicrafts.

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Barrie Marks Ltd
24 Church Vale
MUSWELL HILL  London  N2 9PA   map
tel: 020 8883 1919
Open: By appointment only
The illustrated book (including children’s books) and private press. Also interested in decorative arts, ballet, and all things visual.

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Barry McKay Rare Books
Kingstone House
Battlebarrow 
APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND  Cumbria  CA16 6XT   map
tel: 017683 52282  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
5000 books mainly on the Arts & History of the Book; and a good stock of Antiquarian Books including many Provincial Printings. Saturday Afternoons are a bit iffy and a definite no-no on international rugby afternoons, so please phone first.

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Berrydin Books
18a Castlegate
BERWICK-UPON-TWEED  Northumberland  TD15 1JT   map
tel: 01289 309000  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.00.
Excessively cheap general stock and in particular books on the arts and local interest.

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Berwyn Books
Unit 4 Spencer Ind Estate
Liverpool Road 
BUCKLEY  Flintshire  CH7 3LY   map
tel: 01244 541415  e-mail  web
Open: Appointment necessary.
Over 20,000 books on our constantly updated internet inventory. Valuations, bookbinding and clearance services.

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Black Pug Books
The Old Gallery
24 West Borough 
WIMBORNE  Dorset  BH21 1NF   map
tel: 01202 889383
Open: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 6.00
Highly varied mix of stock, but no paperbacks or book club editions. Smallish room in private house. Tea and coffee happily offered in home surroundings.

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Book
17 Merrial Street
NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME  Staffordshire  ST5 9AE   map
tel: 01782 630201  e-mail
Open: 7 days 9.30 - 4.30.
Our stock is mainly second-hand but we do carry a number of new books. We have a good History.Military and Transport sections. All visitors from outside of our immediate area will be given Coffee or Tea.

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Books Afloat
66 Park Street
WEYMOUTH  Dorset  DT4 7DE   map
tel: 01305 779774
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Good general stock on two floors whilst specialising in maritime and naval subjects, very much cover all subjects so something for everybody! Also genuine nautical antiques, ships bells ,models, die cast toys, clockwork trains, old postcards,paintings etc. Park Street is directly opposite Weymouth Railway Station and very handy for the town and harbour and beach.

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Broadhursts of Southport Ltd
5-7 Market Street
SOUTHPORT  Merseyside  PR8 1HD   map
tel: 01704 532064  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30.
New books, and a very large secondhand stock covering a wide range of subjects, including the arts, architecture, children's, literature and fine books.

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Caledonia Books
483 Great Western Road
GLASGOW  Lanarkshire  G12 8HL   map
tel: 0141 334 9663  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.00.
Large good quality general stock, some antiquarian and particularly literature, the visual arts and Scottish books.

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Castle Books
20A Church Street
BEAUMARIS  Anglesey  LL58 8AB   map
tel: 0124 8811394 or 07835 927 541  e-mail
Castle Books has moved just a few yards to its own premises just past the Post Office and opposite the parish church. History, Welsh interest, archaeology, travel, walking, maps, natural history and rural affairs, literature, Penguins, Ladybirds, Tunnicliffe, Observers, good transport section. Ever changing stock, friendly book chat, booksearch, fair prices, books bought. Credit/debit cards accepted. The only bookshop on Anglesey. Stockist for Anglesey Antiquarian Society, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.

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Clarendon Books
144 Clarendon Park Road
LEICESTER  Leicestershire  LE2 3AE   map
tel: 0116 270 1856  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
Antiquarian books bought and sold, with the emphasis on history, local history and the arts. Easy Parking.

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Clewlow Books of Whitby
The Brunswick Rooms
Brunswick Street 
WHITBY  North Yorkshire  YO21 3AJ   map
tel: 0781 010 6952  e-mail
Open: Saturday 11.00 - 4.30.
Substantial stock of antiquarian, collectable & better secondhand books. Also printed collectables, vintage magazines etc. The trade usually find me a worthwhile call. Housed in superb grade 2* listed arts & crafts building.

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Daisyroots Books Ltd
Main Street
GRANGE-OVER-SANDS  Cumbria  LA11 6DP   map
tel: 015395 38817  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
Extensive stock of collectable and contemporary titles in sought-after subjects. Over 20,000 books on two floors. Famous for fiction. Friendly, independent family business established in 1994. Book searches undertaken. Free roadside parking opposite. Town centre car park within 5 minutes walk. All major credit/debit cards accepted.

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Dreadnought Books
125 St Georges Road
Hotwells 
BRISTOL  BS1 5UW   map
tel: 01173 293176  e-mail  web
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00.
Dreadnought Books is a second-hand and out of print bookshop specialising in history, with a particular focus on military, social and labour history. We also have extensive sections of politics, philosophy, the arts and literature. We also buy books, particularly in our specialist fields. Please get in touch if you have anything you think we might be interested in.

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Foster's Bookshop
183 Chiswick High Road
CHISWICK  London  W4 2DR   map
tel: 020 8995 2768  e-mail  web
Open: Monday to Saturday 10.30 to 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00.
Fine books and bindings, children's, illustrated, arts and literature. Pay and display parking at the front of the shop. Only 5 minutes from Turnham Green Station on the District Line.

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Gladstone Books
The Shambles Antique Centre
4 Westgate 
LINCOLN  Lincolnshire  LN1 4AS   map
tel: 01636 813601  e-mail  web
Open: Thursday - Saturday 11.00 - 4.00, Sunday 12.00 - 4.00.
About 2,500 modestly-priced books on display, with more in stock: Specialisms: history, philosophy, essays, poetry, politics, sociology, various sciences. Also fiction, biographies, natural history, medicine, technology, agriculture, local studies, arts and crafts. Recently moved back from Southwell, Notts – where it was described by an entry in this Guide as: ‘a gem of a bookshop’ and on a UNESCO website as ‘a small, but perfectly-formed bookshop.’

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Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre
The Old Police Station
Hope Street 
HEBDEN BRIDGE  West Yorkshire  HX7 8AG   map
tel: 01422 846561  web
Open: 7 days 10.30 - 4.30.
Judith Mansfield and John Eggeling of Todmorden now have a small selection of 2,000 books and magazines (on needlework, textile arts, science fiction, and detective fiction, etc) here.

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Henry Pordes Books Ltd
58-60 Charing Cross Road
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2H 0BB   map
tel: 020 7836 9031  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 7.00.
The arts, cinema, music and theatre.

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Inprint
The Folly
Farr's Lane 
STROUD  Gloucestershire  GL5 2HH   map
tel: 07595 591852  e-mail  web
Open: By appointment only.
After nearly 40 years our High Street shop has now closed - but that's not the end of us! The spirit of the shop is still alive and kicking at the Inprint Bookshop page on Facebook. And after a summer break, we will be back selling our usual mix of interesting old books and other printed things - on the web and elsewhere.

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Island Books
White House
Storrington Road 
THAKEHAM  West Sussex  RH20 3EQ   map
tel: 01798 812 223  e-mail  web
Open: By Appointment.
Large stock of fine, rare and academic titles. Binding and restoration. Showroom open by appointment.

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J.C Books
55 High Street
WATTON  Norfolk  IP25 6AB   map
tel: 01953 883488
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.30, closed Thursday pm.
A large general secondhand stock and particularly, the theatre and performing arts. PBFA Member.

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Jasper Jennings Antique Prints
38 Whittington Court
Aylmer Road 
HIGHGATE  London  N2 0BT   map
tel: 07832 177378  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 7.00.
Historical, decorative and topographical British & European prints published c. 1650-1900. Printed sporting collectables, especially cricket. Former Associate Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA). We are pleased to offer valuations for private, institutional and corporate clients, expert advice and commission buying, also collection disposal and cataloguing services.

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JN Vokes
61 Coniscliffe Road
DARLINGTON  County Durham  DL3 7EH   map
tel: 01325 469449
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
20,000 titles including books about North East England, the arts and topography.

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JW Books
The Shopping Courtyard
Stratford Garden Centre Campden Road  Clifford Chambers 
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON  Warwickshire  CV37 8LW   map
tel: 01789 508031  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00, Sunday 10.30 - 4.00.
Extensive range of secondhand books encompassing architecture, art, aviation, biographical, history, maritime, military, natural history, performing arts, topography, transport, travel, sports and Folio Society. Local interests: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Also Fred Archer and John Moore. Regular attendee at Churchdown Book Fair.

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Keel Row Books
11 Fenwick Terrace
Preston Road 
NORTH SHIELDS  Tyne and Wear  NE29 0LU   map
tel: 0191 296 0664  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Rare & second-hand books, maps, ephemera & photographs bought & sold. Established 1981. Tyneside's longest running rare & secondhand bookshop. Member of the ABA, ILAB and PBFA. Sprawling early Victorian house now crammed with 40,000 books on every conceivable subject. Located in historic North Shields, close to the mouth of the River Tyne. A couple of minutes drive from the attractions of the coast.

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Ken Spelman Books Ltd
70 Micklegate
YORK  North Yorkshire  YO1 6LF   map
tel: 01904 624414  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30.
Books on the fine arts, architecture, garden design, literature, history, science & technology, philosophy & very many other areas. In addition to our rare and antiquarian books, we also have a rapidly changing stock of over 40,000 scholarly and interesting books on all subjects. We also hold regular art exhibitions and have a permanent gallery space.

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Mair Wilkes Books
3 St Mary's Lane
NEWPORT-ON-TAY  Fife  DD6 8AH   map
tel: 01382 542260  e-mail
Open: Open: Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 12.30 & 2.00 - 4.30, Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
20,000 books across all subjects but especially, the history of ideas, philosophy and medicine. Scottish literature and topography. A selection of our stock can be found at The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre, Abernyte.

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McNaughtan's Bookshop
3a - 4a Haddington Place
EDINBURGH  Midlothian  EH7 4AE   map
tel: 0131 556 5897  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 11.00 - 5.00
We have a large general second-hand and antiquarian stock including books on the fine arts, architecture, children's books, literature, history, music, travel, topography, natural history, cookery and gardening. Within the shop is a small gallery space with a rolling programme of exhibitions of the work of contemporary artists. The exhibition space can be rented and you are referred to our website for terms and conditions.

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Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop
Pen'rallt Street
MACHYNLLETH  Powys  SY20   map
tel: 01654 700559  e-mail
Open: Monday - Wednesday & Friday 10.00 - 6.00, Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
Mostly non-fiction, 25% new, specialising in photography, with the arts, environment, topography, natural history, illustrated and children's books. We order new books and search for used for customers. We also exhibit photography and book illustration work. We organise book related events for each first Thursday of the month. We do not sell on the internet.

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Pendleburys Bookshop
Garreg Fawr
Porthyrhyd 
LLANWRDA  SA19 8NY   map
tel: 01558 650 840  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00 .
Booksellers for many decades with a large general stock & specialisms of 20,000 theology, 3,500 botanical & gardening books. Outside advertised hours please telephone before visiting. A remote hillside bookshop housed in converted barns in the foothills of the Cambrians within a three acre garden project.

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Pleasures of Past Times
11 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4EZ   map
tel: 020 7836 1142  e-mail  web
Open: Thursday - Saturday 11.00 - 6.00. (Tuesday & Wednesday - ring the shop bell.)
Books, playbills and bygones of the performing arts, also illustrated and children's books pre 1940, Victoriana and postcards.

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Sophie Schneideman Rare Books
331 Portabello Road
NOTTING HILL  London  W10 5SA   map
tel: 020 8354 7365  e-mail
Open: Tuesday - Thursday 11.00 - 4.00, Friday 11.00 - 3.00, Saturday 10.30 - 6.00.
Private Press & illustrated books, binding, food and drink, prints & photography. 3-4 catalogues and 3 shows a year. Talks about food & drink history as well as various aspects of the book arts. Always available by appointment as well as opening times.

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The Book Annex
18 Church Street
HARWICH  Essex  C012 3DS   map
tel: 01255 551667  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00 & Sunday 2.00 - 5.00.
Academic stock with particularly strong areas in the visual arts, science, history, film and media. Over 18000 books, principally published in the last five years. Stock can be viewed on our website. We welcome visitors but if coming a distance please phone first.

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The Book Shed Gallery
one mile off the R.600
(Wild Atlantic Way) 
KILBTITTAIN  Co. Cork 
tel: 023 884 9961  e-mail  web
Open: Usually open Sunday - Thursday but it's a good idea to call before coming.
We stock second hand and rare books on the arts, history, biography, militaria, travel, sport, gardens and horticulture, poetry, classics, technical and reference as well as some fiction. We also have a selection of maps and admiralty charts from around the world. Located half way between the villages of Ballinspittle and Kilbrittain

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The Cuckoo's Nest
40a Peel Street
Marsden 
HUDDERSFIELD  West Yorkshire  HD7 6BW   map
tel: 01484 846365
Open: Mondaay & Tuesday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.30.
Wide stock of secondhand books, including decent arts and poetry section. Very low prices. We are a charity shop, raising money chiefly for local groups, or other groups which serve residents of Marsden.

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The Eagle Bookshop
103 Castle Road
BEDFORD  Bedfordshire  MK40 3QP   map
tel: 01234 269295  e-mail  web
Open: Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
A very large shop, with rooms devoted to history, the arts, the sciences, mathematics, literature and general / antiquarian books. Our prices range from £5 upwards on the shelves, with bargain trollies outside when the weather is fine. Established in 1991, our shop has been expanding ever since - recently into the neighbouring property. We like buying books!

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The Idler
37 High Street
 Hadleigh 
IPSWICH  Suffolk  IP7 5AF   map
tel: 01473 827752
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00, Wednesday 9.30 - 1.00.
General stock and the fine, applied and performing arts, natural history local books and poetry.

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The Junction Bookshop
73 Conway Road
LLANDUDNO JUNCTION  Conwy  LL31 9LT   map
tel: 01492 581103 / 07717 471813  web
Open: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 4.30, other times by appointment.
Good, clean collectible and antiquarian non-fiction. Particularly travel and decorative bindings.

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The Market Bookshop
(in Blackrock Market)
19A Main Street 
BLACKROCK  Co. Dublin 
tel: 086 395 0987  web
Open: Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays - 11:00 - 5.30.
About 2,000 books, Irish interest, arts, humanities, literature, rare and collectable. High turnover in stock with 100s of new titles arriving every week.

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The Topsham Bookshop
(Was Joel Segal Books)
27 Fore Street 
TOPSHAM  Devon  EX3 0HD   map
tel: 01392 877895  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00, closed for lunch 1.00 - 2.00.
Our large general stock covers many areas of interest, including Devon and West Country Topography, British and World Topography, History (especially Social History and Archaeology), The Arts, Transport and English Literature. We have a large stock of fiction titles.

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The Witch Ball
2 Cecil Court
CHARING CROSS  London  WC2N 4HE   map
tel: 020 7836 2922  fax: 020 7836 2922  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 6.30.
Antiquarian print shop, specialists in the performing arts.

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This Shop Rocks
131 Brick Lane
SHOREDITCH  E16SE   map
tel: 02077 397 667  e-mail
Open: 7 days 12.00 - 6.00.
Wide range, we have useful books, many on theatre, films, art, cookery, etc. A small bookshop but carefully picked and packed.

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Treasure & Relish
10 Studley Road
HARROGATE  North Yorkshire  HG1 5JU   map
tel: 01423 531 773  e-mail  web
Open: By appointment only.
New & Secondhand Books - A lot of Arts related. Also, prints & pictures. Order online from our site.

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Treasure & Relish
Skell House
8 High Skellgate 
RIPON  North Yorkshire  HG4 1BA   map
tel: 01765 605057
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00. Closed Monday (except Bank Holidays).
Combining books with art, and a vegetarian cafe. Our stock includes: Interesting, rare & out of print titles - mainly 19th & 20th century (though some earlier publications). Culture, art & design, literature, etc, as well as a good stock of paperback and hardback bargains which we sell outside.

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Undercover Books
Loose's Fleamarket
23-25 Magdalen Street 
NORWICH  Norfolk  NR3 1LP   map
tel: 07745 924388  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday:- 10.00- - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 4 .00.
A large and ever-changing selection of modern period 'classic' fiction in hardback and paerback, crime, sci-fi, 'pulp', horror. A good children's selection including early Puffin and pictorial board books are always in stock. Art books and hard-to-find titles in various genres. A solid travel section and a number of antiquarian books. Local interest, of course, and academic books too.

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