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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2018

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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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17 Merrial Street
NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME  Staffordshire  ST5 2AE   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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Book-Cycle
7 West Street
EXETER  Devon  EX1 1BB   map
tel: 01392 420021  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.30 - 5.00.
Book-Cycle is a 'not-for-profit social organisation' based in Exeter, England. We collect unwanted books from Devon and Somerset and house them in Britain's only "free bookshop." Here you are invited to choose up to three books per person per day and pay whatever you wish!

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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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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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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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Fireside Bookshop
1 The Arcade
 High Street 
LITTLEHAMPTON  West Sussex  BN17 5AB   map
tel: 0)1903 721985  e-mail  web
Open: Monday & Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday 11.00 - 5.00.
General stock of antiquarian, academic and secondhand books, but particularly history and the sciences. Recently relocated after 25 years in the Lake District.

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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 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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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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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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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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Outcast Books
15a Broad Street
HAY-ON-WYE  Powys  HR3 5DF   map
tel: 01497 821292
Small general stock, with emphasis on applied social studies, humanistic psychology, psychotherapy, counselling and human relations.

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Paper and Cup
18 Calvert Avenue
SHOREDITCH  London  E2 7JP   map
tel: 0207 739 5358  web
Open: Monday - Friday 8.00 - 6.00, Saturday 9.00 - 6.00, Sunday 10.00 - 5.00.
Social enterprise coffee shop selling cakes, snacks, second-hand books and local artists' works.

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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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Priorsford Books
11 Northgate
PEEBLES  EH45 8RX   map
tel: 07522 934770  e-mail
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Strong on children's collectables, also general Scottish interest, women's fiction, crime, Greyladies, Folio, social history, magazine, prints and literary gifts.

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Summerfield Books
3 Phoenix Park
SKELTON  Cumbria  CA11 9SD   map
tel: 017684 84909
Open: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 4.00.
Specialist stock of new and secondhand books on the botanical sciences, forestry and arboriculture, together with some general gardening.

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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 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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