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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2019

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30th Century Comics
18 Lower Richmond Road
PUTNEY  London  SW15 1JP   map
tel: 020 87882052  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 6.00.
3,000 Vintage British and American books in the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Spies, Sleaze, TV/Film tie-ins, Children's, Pulps. Mainly paperback, almost exclusively pre 1980s. Also over 100,000 vintage British and American comics, annuals and picture libraries.

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Age UK Book Shop
74 Queens Road
LEICESTER  Leicestershire  LE2 1TU   map
tel: 0116 270 6049  

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Armchair Books
72-74 West Port
EDINBURGH  Midlothian  EH1 2LE   map
tel: 0131 229 5927  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 6.30
Some of our rarer and more unique books are listed on AbeBooks: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/armchair-books-edinburgh/7238158/sf We keep a wide variety of modern and antiquarian stock, including early edition Harry Potter books.

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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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Bernard Quaritch Ltd
36 Bedford Row
HOLBORN  London  W1K 2PR   map
tel: 020 7297 4888  e-mail  web
Founded in 1847, we deal in rare books, manuscripts and photographs. Our specialist fields include English literature, travel, science, travel, human science, art, architecture and Islamica.

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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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Birsay Books
Craiglands
Birsay 
ORKNEY  KW17 2ND   map
tel: 07508 717814  e-mail  web
Open: Thursday - Sunday 12.00 - 6,00.
Secondhand BookShop offering books on Orkney, Ornithology, Natural History, Science Fiction & Fantasy and other areas. Full opening hours and special events + correct map on Facebook. Main website www.ecrarebooks.co.uk

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Bookbane
Unit 9
Felin Fawr  Coed y Parc 
BETHESDA  Gwynedd  LL57 4YY   map
tel: 01248 600 632  e-mail
Open: 7 days 9.00 - 6.00.
25,000 books in Welsh, English & other languages. Poetry. Technical publications from the 19th & 20th centuries. Working class movement library. Shop & bindery in interesting early 19th century quarry workshop.

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Bookends
The Hub
Elphinstone Road  Old Aberdeen 
ABERDEEN  Aberdeenshire  AB24 3TU   map
tel: 01224 273779  web
Open: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 4.00 during term time. See website for more details.
We are a second-hand charity bookshop on the University of Aberdeen campus, run entirely by student volunteers. We currently have over 6000 books in the shop, ranging from medical and science textbooks to literature and fiction.

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Carningli Centre
East Street
NEWPORT  Pembrokeshire  SA42 0SY   map
tel: 01239 820724  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
About 10,000 books on many subjects including Wales/Cymraeg, natural history, railways, art and crafts, cookery, Penguins, science, poetry, plays etc, etc. On the main A487 (between Cardigan & Fishguard) in the centre of Newport. Free car park in Long St.

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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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Clevedon Community Bookshop
27-29 Copse Road
CLEVEDON  Somerset  BS21 7QN   map
tel: 01275 218318  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 5.00 Summer, 10.00 - 4.00 Winter.
Secondhand books, a general stock of 8,000 books in the shop plus another 10,000 in our book store. We also sell online through AbeBooks, Amazon and Biblio.

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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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Darlington Lion Club Bookshop
Houndgate Mews Arcade
Blackwellgate 
DARLINGTON  County Durham  DL1 5HG   map
tel: 07504 429 635  e-mail  web
Open: Monday & Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
Situated in Blackwellgate between Boyes & Guru We have a vast selection of good quality paperback & hardback fiction and non fiction books devoted to biographies, mysteries, cookery, sport, gardening, health, science fiction. Classics, children's books and many more topics. All books are donated & all proceeds go to charity. Please visit our website.

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GfB: the Colchester Bookshop
7 Trinity Street
COLCHESTER  Essex  CO1 1JN   map
tel: 01206 502218  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
Very large stock, specialising in academic and out-of-print books on literature, art, philosophy, and history, as well as the sciences and local interest. Our quirky rooms and staircases lead up to the medieval roof of Elizabethan scientist, William Gilbert's Colchester home.

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Gladstone Books
The Newark Antique Centre
Lombard Street 
NEWARK  Nottinghamshire  NG24 1PX   map
tel: 01636 813601  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00, Sunday & Bank Holidays 11.00 - 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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Glaisnock Book Cafe
20 South Main Street
WIGTOWN  Dumfries and Galloway  DG8 9EH   map
tel: 01988 402249  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 9.00 - 5.00.
Thousands of books displayed in our book cave room. Modern fiction and non-fiction at affordable prices. Our book cave is located at the rear of our book themed cafe

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Hampton Court Emporium
52-54 Bridge Road
Hampton Court 
EAST MOLESEY  Surrey  KT8 9HA   map
tel: 01252 782201  web
Open: Open Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 5.30, Sunday from 11.00.
A mixture of good Secondhand & Antiquarian hardback books (usually about 1,000 books on view) within a 30 dealer Antique Centre. Mainly non-fiction but usually some good classics, including books on Transport, Biography, Travel, Topography, Architecture, Science, etc. Across the bridge from the Palace with a few other Antique shops close by.

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Hanselled Books
19 Kirkgate
BURNTISLAND  Fife  KY3 9DL   map
tel: 01592 873323  web
Open: Unkown
Over 20,000 books in stock covering both fiction and non fiction. We are particularly strong in science-fiction/ fantasy and in Scottish , science, educational, computer and business titles. We also have a diverse range of difficult to find titles. Corner shop consisting of main shop area, back area of about 200 sq ft and basement area.

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Hawkridge Books
14 Matlock Street
BAKEWELL  Derbyshire  DE45 1EE   map
tel: 01629 815549  e-mail  web
Open: 5 days, closed Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00 - 5.00.
Specialist in ornithology and natural history, but selling books in all subjects. Antiquarian and fine books. 9000 volumes of quality books. Formerly at Castleton, Derbyshire (1995-2010)

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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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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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Leominster Books
Book Room
The Secondhand Warehouse and Antiques Centre  New Street 
LEOMINSTER  Herefordshire  HR6 8DR   map
tel: 01568 614114  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
On the first floor of this large Antiques Centre. A good selection of secondhand and antiquarian books on all subjects. New stock added regularly.

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Lodge Books
25 South Back Lane
BRIDLINGTON  East Yorkshire  YO16 4EY   map
tel: 07449 887118  e-mail  web
Open: Thursday & Friday 10.30 - 4.30, Saturday 10.30 - 2.30.
A range of popular fiction, classics, biographies, non-fiction and children's, with a selection of collectibles. Find us close to the Old Town of Bridlington, the Priory and the Bayle Museum.

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Mercat Bookshop
45 Castle Street
Castle Gate 
ABERDEEN  Aberdeenshire  AB11 4YU   map
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 3.30.
VSA's Charity Bookshop has a selection of donated good quality, second-hand books from best sellers to science fiction, educational and science to nature, and history to art.

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Much Binding
36 Church Street
CROMER  Norfolk  NR27 9ES   map
tel: 01263 517194  e-mail  web
Open: Summer only Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 4.00.
A general secondhand stock with a leaning towards history, science and older books.

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Once Read
4 High Street
CREDITON  Devon  EX17 3AE   map
tel: 01363 773365  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Out of print English Literature including a wide range of poetry. Specialist subjects such as soil science, Indian spiritualism and theology. Also a good range of biographies, military, British/European, cultural and social history. We have been open since July 1st 2011 and have had great support from the local community. We offer books at affordable prices. We are happy to take any enquiries or book requests.

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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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Pickering & Chatto
1 Clement's Lane
THE CITY  London  EC4N 7HB   map
tel: 020 7493 6993
Open: Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.30.
Economics, literature, science & medicine.

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R and R Books
Nelson Street
STROUD  Gloucestershire  GL5 2HL   map
tel: 01453 755788  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
Wide range of secondhand books, magazines, comics, and ephemera. Includes mind, body & spirit, esoteric, art & craft, literature, poetry & plays. Good selection of paperback fiction including classics - modern & 19th century, crime/detective, science fiction, fantasy, and children's.

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Second Chapter Books
27 St. Mary's Parade
St Mary's Place 
SHREWSBURY  Shropshire  SY1 1DL   map
tel: 01743 588372   e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
Small secondhand bookshop with a wide range of stock, good selection of History, science fiction and local books. Located in St Mary's parade.

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Secret Book & Record Store
15A Wicklow Street
DUBLIN 2  Co. Dublin   map
tel: +353 (0)1 6797272
Open: Monday - Wednesday 11.00 - 6.30, Thursday 11.00 - 8.00, Friday - Sunday 11.00 - 7.00.
We buy, sell and exchange books - philosophy, poetry, history, music, film, Irish interest, literature, psychology, art, sci-fi & fantasy, science.

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Skoob
66 The Brunswick
BLOOMSBURY  London  WC1N 1AE   map
tel: 020 7278 8760  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 8.00 (and Bank Holidays), Sunday 10.30 - 6.00.
London's broadest selection of secondhand academic books, the UK's widest range in philosophy and large collections of modern literature, art, history, politics, economics, classics, science and technology.

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Stella Books
Monmouth Road
TINTERN  Monmouthshire  NP16 6SE   map
tel: 01291 689755  fax: 01291 689998  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
A large stock of 30,000 books on all subjects, specialising in children's and illustrated, UK topography, railways and natural history. Stock available on web site.

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Tarrington Books
Shire Cottage
TARRINGTON  Herefordshire  HR1 4EU   map
tel: 01432 890746  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 10.00 - 6.00, appointment necessary.
Thousands of antiquarian and collectable books in stock including crime fiction, signed first editions, vintage Penguin paperbacks, military, history, theology, engineering and quality fine bindings. New stock added every month. We primarily trade online but browsers are more than welcome by appointment.

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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 Cellar at St Richard's Hospice
11 High Street
EVESHAM  Worcestershire  WR11 4DA   map
tel: 01386 422921  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
We have a vast selection of high quality secondhand books, catering for a wide variety of tastes. We also stock some Folio Society and old collectable books. All funds raised through sales support St Richard's Hospice.

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The Dormouse Bookshop
29 Elm Hill
NORWICH  Norfolk  NR3 1HG   map
tel: 01603 621021
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00.
Medium general stock, East Anglia, travel, natural history, crime fiction, entertainment and science fiction.

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The Gently Mad
2 Summer Place
EDINBURGH  Midlothian  EH3 5NR   map
tel: 0131 261 6028  e-mail  web
Open: 7 days 11.00 - 6.00.
In the shop above our bindery we hold an interesting selection of antiquarian and collectable books that cover a wide range of subjects. We always have a good selection of military, natural history, children's illustrated, transport, sports, folklore and legends, art, history and classic literature.

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