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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2020

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David's Bookshop
14 Eastcheap
LETCHWORTH  Hertfordshire  SG6 3DE   map
tel: 01462 684631
Open: Monday - Saturday 8.00 - 7.00 & Sunday 11.00 - 5.00.
A new bookshop with a large general stock of secondhand and some antiquarian books.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA long established cheap shop with a good turnover and frequent sales. Very likeable staff. One of my very favourite shops for 24 years. - M.G. Conor.
    I have now made three recent visits to this shop and each time I find treasures hidden away. The two floors are mainly secondhand but it is upstairs where the good stuff is to be found. Pricing on the low side. If visiting take time for a decent search. - Chris Harte 13.10.09.
    I've been visiting this shop regularly since 1985 (so M.G.Conor and I must have started going there almost simultaneously) and can only confirm the praise heaped on it by earlier reviewers. I always find good things there. It's also attached to an independent record shop with plenty of secondhand CDs etc. Letchworth hasn't got much to recommend it - the early garden city houses are very fine if you like that sort of thing, but David's is the jewel in the crown of the town. - David Gouldstone 30.10.09.    Friendly, long-established shop with continually renewed general stock, frequent sales, huge cheap tables outside, interesting new and remaindered book sections, attached music shop, and a real community purpose. - conormg 27.01.11.
    Great hour or two on a bank holiday searching through the extensive secondhand sections of this fine shop. Spent around £65 on a nice stack of books (from £1.50 to £10 each), very good prices, especially on the older, obscure books, of which there were plenty. All in all, definitely one not to miss. - M&O 05.09.12.
    This shop is highly recommendable. There is a vast selection of books and vinyl and prices are generally fair and consistent. We bought some interesting things on our last visit and shall certainly be going back when we are in that neck of the woods. - Nicholas Pendower 08.09.12.
    Plenty to enjoy on my first visit for several years. Good for military history in particular. And there is now a cafe instore. - Herne 30.11.12.
    I agree with the positive comments already posted. One thing I found (and is this an observation not a criticism) is that some of the stock was not shelved where I would have expected to find it so it can be worth looking off the beaten track, so to speak. - Steven Whitehead 06.03.13.
    This is a fantastic place. A very wide range with literary fiction being very strong. Friendly staff, late opening and a cafe make for a great experience. - Jon Wells 15.06.13.
    Good selection here, several quite unusual finds, and reasonably priced too. Duly added to my list of regular calls! - George Hale 12.08.14.
    Update as visited last week; still as good as ever. Superb s/h selection at reasonable prices. Still very much WAD. - Norman Davies 21.08.14.
    I don't get it? Someone help me out here. With anticipation I put 3 hours on parking, here I am back in car 20 minutes later. Found literature weak and uninspiring - for instance, a dearth of early editions / no more than a handful of orange penguins. Art was better, sure, but... V disappointed - I mean it's okayish, for a new book bookshop but won't bother again. I'm baffled. Please, someone, tell me I've missed an entire floor or something. Oh well, Felixstowe next time I feel like a jaunt. - Yossarian 04.01.15.
    For Yossarian (4.1.15). Did you try upstairs? - Steven 09.01.15.
    Mostly new books and old records, with a nice cafe in the corner. Small "strong room" downstairs with art books etc, more general stock upstairs and outside in barrows. Pleasant atmosphere, reasonable prices. - Mark V 02.04.15.
    Five and a half long years since my previous visit and I should be ashamed of myself for this bookshop is quite superb. Even the long tables of cheap books outside the shop were reeking of quality. First floor holdings were categorised and then sub-categorised. Brilliant. Purchased many which would have been more except for the most strange pricing of the top-of-the-range material. - Chris Harte 15.06.15.
    A really nice bookshop with a great cafe attached. The number and quality of secondhand books on the first floor is greater than many stand-alone secondhand bookshops. There is always the plus of the remainder and paperback fiction section on the ground floor at the back.There are several other charity shops in Letchworth and it is a nice town of a certain era. - Jon Morgan 23.10.15.
    Oh for the days when there was a shop such as this in every town. A busy and popular new section with an interesting and wide ranging secondhand department plus a large lucky dip barrow on the pavement outside. WWAD. - Steven 23.11.18.

G L Green Ltd - Naval & Maritime Books
18 Aldenham Avenue
RADLETT  Hertfordshire  WD7 8HX   map
tel: 01923 857077  fax: 01923 857077  web
Open: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.00. Appointment necessary.
Stock can only be viewed by appointment. Approximately 2,500 books are on display and callers can look at the entire stock. We are always interested in purchasing books to further our stock.We are a Naval and Maritime specialist bookseller in new, used and Antiquarian books, ephemera and magazines buying and selling throughout the world.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsI've bought from this online dealer for around a decade. Always has a good selection of maritime & naval books at reasonable prices and responds to emails promptly. One day I hope to visit them by appointment so I can give a more thorough review. - Laurence Batchelor 24.11.14.

Home and Colonial Antiques and Inspiration
134 High Street
BERKHAMSTED  Hertfordshire  HP4 3AT   map
tel: 01442 877007  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00, Sunday & Bank Holidays 11.00 - 5.00.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsSome books scattered around the four floors of this centre but most are to be found in the basement. Stock tends to be typical antique centre with, at a guess, one book fairy using it as a base. Not WAD but worth a look if you are in town. - Steven Whitehead 19.03.13.
    Visited today - only book stock was in the basement, nothing elsewhere, and that was limited to 3 bookcases. Stock was pretty generalist but antiquarian, rather then "charity shop second hand". Worth popping in if you're around the area but NWAD and the prices were not particularly cheap (the prices in the rest of the shop reminded me of that Harry Enfield "I saw you coming..." sketch). Nice cafe on the top floor. - Flip M 13.07.17.

Jordans Antiques Centre
63 High Street
Old Town 
HEMEL HEMPSTED  Hertfordshire  HP1 3AF   map
tel: 01442 862011
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
Over 2500 books in downstairs book room, general good quality stock with weekly additions. Prices from 1 - 150. There is a car park behind the buildings on the other side of the road, also a small car park opposite where parking is free for an hour.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsSomeone can't count! Probably 250 books no more and of poor quality, disorganised and chaotic DNWAD. - Jon Morgan 20.09.12.

Oxfam Book & Nusic
36b Howardsgate
WELWYN GARDEN CITY  Hertfordshire  AL8 6BJ   map
tel: 01707 330990  e-mail  web
Open: N/A

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Oxfam Books and Music
232 High Street
BERKHAMSTED  Hertfordshire  HP4 1AG   map
tel: 01442 874279  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30, Sunday 10.30 - 4.30.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsOne of the better Oxfam shops that I have visited. - Steven Whitehead 27.04.11.
    Collectors stock can be priced at the upper end but bargains can still be found. Very good on vintage paperbacks. - Steven Whitehead 02.11.13.
    Splendid collection of vintage penguins and some good first editions. Definitely above the average for Oxfam. - Herne 07.10.14.
     A really well stocked Oxfam Bookshop, with, for once, sensible prices. In the man street with a waitrose car park behind, a good range of HB and PB modern quality fiction, history and an excellent children's section. - Jon Morgan 05.11.15.
    Best selection of used books in the area - very well organised, covering most areas. Prices seemed reasonable for most things. Car parking nearby and a pleasant high street. Well worth visiting if in the area. There's also a regular Oxfam charity shop a few doors away so don't get confused if you find that one first and wonder where the books all went ... - Flip M 13.07.17.
    Visited on the 28th. A very good selection and realistically priced. Plenty of vintage items and a strong transport section. Above average for Oxfam. - Herne 30.10.17.
    On the pro side, a rapid turnover and some quality books with friendly and helpful staff. On the con, too cluttered for comfort (I would suggest that there is not really enough room for books and music given the size of the shop) and prices seem to be heading upwards. Still the best shop in town though. - Steven 15.01.18.
    No real change from previous comments, it remains one of the best stocked and priced Oxfam shops in the South East. There is an Emaus shop up the road which is occasionally worth a browse. - Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18.
    While Berkhamsted is well supplied with charity shops I reckon that there are more books in piles on the floor at Oxfam than there are on the shelves of all the other shops combined. I think it could be time for a BOGOF sale, particularly on the bog-standard paperbacks and in the children's section which would make what is a good shop even better. - Steven 23.11.18.

Oxfam Bookshop
8-10 Catherine Street
ST. ALBANS  Hertfordshire  AL3 5BX   map
tel: 01727 861589  web

 Add a comment  Hide commentsGood stock although usual Oxfam high prices. - Jon Morgan 20.09.12.
    Still good stock and prices seem to have moderated. Excellent selection of Holocaust material and a good variety of modern language stuff. Esp French. Bugger to park nearby tho. - Jon Morgan 12.04.14.
    Still there, still much the same, still a bugger to park. Many (and I mean many) multiple remainders in the modern fiction section, but not bad mod language and history. Prices acceptable for Oxfam. - Jon Morgan 05.11.15.
    As befits a prosperous town, the stock is of decent quality, neatly ordered and attractively shelved. Most categories are represented, though the arts section is rather thin. Vinyl, CDs, sheet music, maps, vintage postcards and ephemera also for sale. As Jon Morgan reports above, prices are reasonable for Oxfam - with some laughable exceptions. - Nicholas Sack 13.05.17.
    Roomy Oxfam outlet just off the main shopping street. Prices good(ish) for Oxfam. Inevitably no bargains but the range is broad and the quality is high. - Steven Kelly 10.08.17.
    Still a real sod to park nearby, but worth it, some good recent fiction titles purchased at reasonable (even for Oxfam ) prices. Remainders even more in evidence, more so than at any other Oxfam I have seen of late. The 'collectable' cabinet remains the high (?) point with its inflated prices Amazon or ABE usually being cited as the benchmark comparator. - Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18.
    There are plenty of other charity shops in the city but I reckon Oxfam has more books than all the others combined. A relatively spacious shop with room to move. All major categories covered and strong on Children's and also Vintage Penguins. As noted above, some eccentric pricing but there are bargains to be found. - Steven 06.12.18.
    No change from my comments of 2018. Still a good range albeit stronger on non-fiction with, shall we say, varied prices. Some definite bargains to be had along with some frankly silly amounts being asked. NWAD but worth a look if you are already in the city. - Steven 15.12.19.

Oxfam Bookshop
2b Maidenhead Street
HERTFORD  Hertfordshire  SG14 1BG   map
tel: 01992 583221  web

 Add a comment  Hide commentsNot a bad stock esp modern fiction hardbacks and some very recent. For Oxfam quite decent prices too. Two other charity shops close by. Not a lot else in Hertford really . Nice castle and other medieval buildings but yet to recover from recession I suspect. - Jon Morgan 12.04.14.
    Small outlet but reasonable prices by Oxfam's standards. Cards and music seem to be winning the space war at the front of the shop. - Steven Kelly 26.01.16.
    A fleeting return. Normal Oxfam fare with occasional books of interest priced at £2.99. Silly prices for some books classed as rare viz Christina Hardiment's 'Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint's Trunk' for £11.00, not in very good nick. For a County Town this place is and remains a disappointment. - Jon Morgan 17.10.16.

Oxfam Bookshop
5 Harding Parade
HARPENDEN  Hertfordshire  AL5 4SW   map
tel: 01582 762840  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Sunday 10.00 - 3.00.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsNowhere near as good as on my previous visits (and the reviews seem to have disappeared) Usual charity shop fare with an amusing collectable section. - Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18.

St Claire's Hospice Book and Music Shop
10 Devoils Lane
BISHOP'S STORTFORD  Hertfordshire  CM23 3XH   map
tel: 01279 755990
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsGood altho not vast but ever changing stock. Good on history and fiction with a reasonable children's section. About 5 other so-so charity shops within 5 minutes walk. Car parking close by near Waitrose or in the multi-story. A Waterstone's in the high street (formerly Ottakers) - Not great. Otherwise this is Anytown UK. - Jon Morgan 03.03.12.
    Always WAD, a good range of titles and reasonable prices. I've yet to visit and come away empty handed. - Steven Kelly 26.01.16.
    Still a reasonable stock at reasonable prices, always worth a browse, but no internet signal in the shop to check my catalogue. - Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18.

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