Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2020
Welsh Bridge Books, Shrewsbury - recently added
Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock - closed.
BooksIsell, Newport - closed.
Open at advertised times
Phone before travelling
Map of Shropshire
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure these details are correct, we recommend that you contact each individual bookshop before travelling any distance. Add a Bookshop
Aardvark Books Ltd
Manor Farm Brampton Bryan
BUCKNELL Shropshire SY7 0DH map
tel: 01547 530888 or 01547 530744 e-mail web
Open: Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.00, Saturday 10.00 - 5.00, Sunday 10.00 -4 .00.
50,000 titles covering all subjects. Books are a mixture of secondhand, new, remainders and a small section of rare and antiquarian. Particularly strong for art and related areas. Interested in purchasing libraries. Recently moved up the road to a larger building.
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsTwo
floors of a converted barn stuffed with many remainders obtained from
Llangollen. On arrival presented with a 'route-guide' of the bookshelves
which was not really needed. Quite a number of used books but only one
very small side piece of shelving which contained the 'rare' (!)
section. My wife called the place "sterile" while I found the rushing
around of the self important staff quite amusing. Yes, there were a lot
of books but bulk does not equal substance. There will not be a return
visit. - Chris Harte 17.08.10.
Notwithstanding the posted review we continue to thrive (has given much amusement and have posted it up in the shop as the equivalent of the slave who used to whisper in the ear of generals granted triumphs). - Sheridan Swinson Aardvark Books Ltd 26.05.11.
I've been there a couple of times and quite like it. The book stock is quite large and varied. There is a little area for drinks and snacks. There is a large parking area just outside. The people are welcoming. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. It is a nice day out. - Paul Mountford 13.03.12.
An excellent large barn with cafe and wood stove, and very large stock, moderately priced. Particularly strong on art books, fiction, academic, children's. Pleasant and welcoming. - Mark 16.11.13.
As stated previously, sterile. I would have loved to have found the strong 'children's' section. The section I found was very ordinary. Some books were in plastic bags I assume denoting rarity - if only! Trade needn't make a detour.- J Jones 18.07.14.
Could not resist calling in following the owner's comments after my last visit. Alas, could not find my review on the wall as stated. I took my time in assessing the stock. Most titles were unpriced and those which were brought the word 'fantasy' to my mind. Looks as if they are expanding into next door's premises. If so, then an experienced buyer to add to the staff would no doubt raise the quality of the holdings. Enough said. - Chris Harte 25.07.15.
Amazing. Chris Harte hated the shop so much he came back for a second visit. Sorry review not still up, but it has been 4 years! Will lend him glasses for his 3rd visit as S/H titles are priced however. Six years since his last visit and turnover is approx. 50% higher. May put off getting the 'experienced buyer' for a bit longer therefore. - Sheridan Swinson (owner) 03.06.16.
Attingham Park Second Hand Bookshop
Attingham Park (National Trust)
SHREWSBURY Shropshire SY4 4TP map
Open: Daily - see website for seasonal opening times.
Located in the historic stables, the Grooms' Rooms Bookshop at Atitngham holds a range of good quality secondhand fiction and non-fiction books. All are reasonably priced with proceeds going towards caring for Attingham Park. Grooms' Rooms Bookshop is run by volunteers, who organise all the donations received from supporters. Standard admission to Attingham Park applies to visit the bookshop.
Pear Tree Farm
WHITCHURCH Shropshire SY13 4HZ map
tel: 01948 663742 fax: 01948 663742 e-mail web
Open: Friday 2.00 - 4.00, Saturday 10.00 - 12.30 & 2.00 - 4.00, Sunday 2.00 - 4.00.
With three rooms of books - local history, gardening, countryside interest are the main topics - with books on many other subjects as well. The Bookshop is situated in a Barn in the Countryside with ample parking space.It is on the Cheshire/Shropshire Border with a Shropshire address but is just in Cheshire.
Candle Lane Books
28 Princess Street
SHREWSBURY Shropshire SY1 1LW map
tel: 01743 365301
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.00, Thursday 9.30 - 12.30,
Rare books, first editions, bindings, literature and local topography.
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsAn
amazing find, tucked away behind The Square in the centre of
Shrewsbury, and spread over four floors (though the attic one is quite
small). Strong on antiquarian, and of course Shropshire topography and
local history, also children's books. A higher proportion of the stock
than is usual in bookshops these days seems to be from the first half of
the last century (and before) - though hopefully this is not a sign of
low turnover! I only made one purchase, but I'm sure if I'd had more
time I should have been able to find more. - Henry Middleton 15.10.09.
Like the previous reviewer, I have to agree that this shop was a really good find when visiting the town. Very clean and tidy with a good quality stock - many books in original dust jackets. Very strong on county and general topography - probably on all other subjects too. The item I purchased was wrapped in brown paper with the name of the shop (a really nice touch). - The Brummie Bookman 16.07.11.
As other reviewers have said, this is a most wonderful shop. Family owned, it shows love and attention throughout all of the rooms. Each area is categorised and for my specialities it was like being a child again in a room full of chocolate. I gorged on the titles and ended up by buying 32 volumes (and they took a cheque without question!). - Chris Harte 18.06.12.
What should be a great shop in a great building and well located, was a bit of a disappointment. The stock is mainly pre 1970's but is generally in poor condition, maybe the good stuff has been bought up over the last couple of years. It is in need of an injection of fresh stock. That being said, I bought quite a few obscure fiction titles at very good prices so will return again! - The Travelling Bookdealer 24.08.13.
Visited this shop recently having read the glowing comments [admittedly quite old now] I was a little disappointed - the owners may be losing the fight against Oxfam [despite Oxfam's prices customers THINK they are cheaper than proper bookshops. - Mary 17.10.16.
Hall of Books
Oswestry Indoor Market
Powis Hall Bailey Head
OSWESTRY Shropshire SY11 1PZ map
tel: 07866 720787 e-mail web
Open: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9.00 - 3.30.
We sell secondhand books and sheet music online and from Oswestry Indoor Market. Modern first edition hardbacks and quality paperbacks to the interesting, unusual and rare; the hard to find, collectible and out of print, and a lot more in between! Please email us if you have any specific requirements.
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsVery friendly shop - large quantity of books in a small space - attractively laid out. - Bookfiend 16.02.13.
I have read the above review and wondered if the reviewer had the right place. Tucked away in a corner on the first floor of the Indoor Market the majority of the offerings, which were mainly fiction, were those of a kind that even a charity shop would refuse to stock. There was very little of quality albeit a small selection of music books and sheets. Where were the 'rare' as stated in the blurb above? The answer: In two other stalls in the market which trade under the nomenclature of 'antique.' - Chris Harte 05.03.13.
Always enjoy browsing the small but well-chosen spiritual book section. Found a copy of "Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown" by Alan Watts, great price too. Helpful, friendly bookseller. Have bought about 4 books. Excellent. Will return. - John C 19.03.13.
Hall of Books is a delightful bookshop, with an interesting and varied selection, and very helpful staff. The shop is laid out in a logical way which makes it straightforward to locate titles by theme, and without a doubt there is something for everybody! - gemmipop 19.03.13.
What a nasty, unnecessary little review by Chris Harte. If one bothers to have a good look, there are plenty of little gems tucked away in this shop, and the very obliging seller has a huge amount of interesting and rare books online. - Meredith 19.03.13.
I visited this corner shop as I wanted to see for myself after reading the above reviews. I must confess to have failed miserably to find the "little gems" as stated above. There were lots of fiction; a bit of travel and little to excite anyone other than a general reader. Like the second reviewer I found more interesting books elsewhere in the market. - R.S.Cavendish 06.04.13.
Over 5,000 books and sheet music titles in the shop (I counted) and I discovered access to over 6,000 online plus a book-search facility. It was busy when I visited but the very helpful owner found the time to do an online search for 'Journey's End' recorded by Al Martino, which I ordered and have just received in the post, beautifully packaged. I also bought several books. This shop is clearly much-loved by both locals and visitors like me. I'll be back, as they say. - Graham 17.04.13.
This is a kind if real small bookshop inside a market, well laid out in a very small space. Yes I did find a couple of titles at decent prices. Worth a look if around this area. - Norman Davies 13.05.17.
Downsized and moved to the ground floor. It seems he is using it to sell off his ordinary books as his website shows quality books which are not on sale in the market. - Chris Hart 22.08.17.
Much More Books Ltd
6 High Street
MUCH WENLOCK Shropshire TF13 6AA map
tel: 01952 727992 e-mail web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00, Wednesday 9.30 - 4.00. Sundays (bank holidays and school holidays only) 12.00 - 4.00.
A friendly and fun family business trading since 2003. With over 40000 great secondhand books in stock along side quality CDs and vinyl, thus providing a wide variety of choice! Check out www.muchmorebooks.co.uk or www.muchmoremusic.co.uk or just come along and say hi!
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsNicely
laid out, great selection of books. My only problem was prices, way
over what I expect to pay, and indeed do pay elsewhere. I doubt I will
bother returning. - The Wanderer 21.12.09.
Fantastic, friendly service. Relaxing atmosphere to browse wide range of books and music. Good value. Definitely recommend! A real treasure. - Bilbo 18.11.11.
Gone all neat and tidy. Stock well organised if a bit dreary and low key. However, always has something better in the window. Prices often very optimistic. Don't they know about turnover? - Book Buyer 18.11.11.
Visited this shop on a two-day break. Wonderful choice of books. I regretted not buying a particular book. In spite of not having the correct title, author or colour. They found it and sent it, superb service. Recommend highly. - Hazel Wood 09.06.12.
Excellent selection most categories, well organised. WWAD. Prices OK except for anything "first edition" where they can be optimistic to say the least. - Norman Davies 24.08.13.
This place has a fairly good stock of interesting books, but the prices are neither fun nor friendly. It is yet another shop that appears to be predominantly geared up for internet sales, and while there is nothing wrong with that in itself, it will undoubtedly put off the majority of passing trade. Needless to say, I quickly realised that it had nothing to offer me and I made a swift exit. - Nicholas Pendower 12.04.14.
This shop is a treasure trove! Such a huge range of books, dvds, cds and vinyl that it's difficult to leave without something, that's the only problem! The prices are fair and often flexible, give it a visit! - Boudica 16.09.14.
Much More Books is a lovely small town bookshop, with a wide range of reading materials at a fair price and there is always a deal to be done! The owner is always helpful and will go out of her way to find a particular title! I have personally sold books through the shop and been happy with the service and remuneration! Worth a visit! - Uncle Buck 07.10.14.
A very helpful young woman guided me around to the sections I wished to view. Books well set out in various categories. Purchased a few and had no problems with the prices. - Chris Harte 25.07.15.
These comments apply equally to Wenlock Books. It is possibly two years or more since I last visited these two bookshops. I was pleased to find that both shops have enlarged their stock and I found a large number of maps at Much More Books. I thought that the pricing for some of the maps was eccentric and the owner agreed and we were able to negotiate on the maps I selected. Both owners/managers were very pleasant and offered information willingly. A pleasure to find a town in the Midlands that has two good bookshops that are fairly adjacent. Wenlock Books also has new books which pleased my wife. - CB 15.11.16.
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsFor
a charity shop, I could not believe how expensive this shop was. The
staff were very helpful and the shop was well stocked but the price of
the books was crazy. - The Brummie Bookman 16.07.11.
Some prices seem to have got slightly more reasonable recently - about time too. BUT whoever prices the stock still thinks this is Central London. Do they want cash in the till or books on their shelves? Their stockroom is always full. - Book Buyer 18.11.11.
One of the better Oxfams in terms of non-junk stock so worth a look when "doing" Shrewsbury. However ridiculous prices for the goodies: I was told: "every book is priced through Abe Books". No comment. - Norman Davies 19.04.12.
All the above reviews are correct. I could hardly believe what I witnessed on my visit to a fairly bog-standard Oxfam shop. The manager was going around the shelves changing marked prices in the books. I stayed and watched, without him realising, and saw mark-ups of sometimes 50% taking place. The comment about using ABE prices is incorrect. The pricing is done at random and is of a stupidly high level for run-of-the-mill tat. A shop to avoid. - Chris Harte 08.01.13.
Between Rocky and a hard place. 0/10. - The Boxer 26.09.13.
Excellent stock on all subjects, well-ordered, shelves changed out regularly, so keep checking. Helpful, friendly staff. Some rarer items at rare prices but bulk of stock is reasonably priced. Gift-aiding available. - Paul 04.12.13.
Just read other comments. Much nonsense. Generally accurate pricing shown by shop's thriving. I've heard customers say prices too low. Sales tables where stock goes for £1. If prices were "stupidly high" the shop would have to close. - Paul 04.12.13.
Expensive and over-staffed. Customers are routinely forced to interrupt their browsing so that shelves can be re-stocked by redundant busy-bodies. Why can't they just wait five minutes? - The Dikler 29.04.16.
Just bought a £300 book for £2. So scarce it was not on abe and this has happened before. Beware staff with loud voices shouting across shop. - Bembo 16.07.16.
What a change since my last report. A new manager has certainly changed things around. The quality of the non-fiction titles has improved and there are some quality books on the shelves. Prices are still a bit high but getting good material should mean few mutterings. The CD section is superbly arranged. At the front of the shop is a 'book bargain' section which a dealer confessed to me is where he buys some of his stock. - Chris Harte 20.02.18.
Very ordinary 1890's prize binding £30. Do they ever sell any? - Paddy 29.08.19.
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsThin
stock and overpriced. Curious in such a well heeled place AND no other
s/h bookshops left in the town. Good s/h bookstall at the Sunday
Antiques Market. - Book Buyer 18.11.11.
As bad as the Oxfam branch in Hereford, and that is saying something. Vast quantities of books are donated and yet almost none ever seem to reach the shelves. Last week the stock in Literature and History was virtually unchanged from it had been three months earlier. Say no more. - The Dikler 09.12.11.
Hurrah! The stock has been refreshed. Some 20 books in the collectable Oxford English Novels series have appeared on the shelves at £19.99 a pop, roughly what they might fetch at a very upmarket shop in Cecil Court, WC2. But in Cecil Court their condition would be FINE (these vary from VERY GOOD to GOOD). And they wouldn't have unsightly Gift Aid stickers stuck irremovably to the first blank page. - The Dikler 01.05.13.
I still cannot understand why this shop is so dreary. It's got the location, the footfall and presumably good intentions. Prices are, for an Oxfam shop, quite reasonable. So why can I rarely find anything to buy? I travel hopefully. - BookBuyer 02.11.13
Standard Oxfam Bookshop. Reasonable selection, particularly modern fiction, but the one goodie I would have bought had an over priced tag on that genuinely made me laugh out loud. - Norman Davies 13.05.17.
Oh dear. Gone a bit mad again. Had got more interesting stock with reasonable prices. Last visit found someone had been "valuing" items from the net. The result... some unrealistic prices. One couple looking at a CD couldn't believe the asking price. The assistant told them it had been "valued" properly. Item returned to the shelf! Purpose of a shop: money in the till? - Book Buyer 02.11.18.
Peter J. Hadley Bookseller ABA ILAB
132 Corve Street
LUDLOW Shropshire SY8 2PG map
tel: 01568 368937 e-mail
Open: Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
Lots of architecture, art and history as well as other subjects as they come along. A bargain book trolley with all items at £1 will be outside. Despite being the British Isles smallest bookshop, there will always be new items on display.
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsWelcome
return to Ludlow. Tiny shop at bottom of hill. Blink and you,ve missed
it. Interesting selection of quality books in good condition. Prices
reasonable, and friendly owner will discount - always a bonus. -
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.
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsSituated
on the lower level of a Grade II listed building, formerly the Royal
Salop Infirmary, this shop has a welcoming persona which can instantly
attract. What made my visit so pleasant was the easy manner of the owner
and his effort to find for me a rare volume on a subject of my
interests (instantly purchased). The layout of the shop makes browsing
easy and all subjects are well categorised. However, it was local and
county titles which really caught my eye. A good quality selection.
Worth a visit. - Chris Harte 20.02.18.
The Charity Bookshop
Drovers House The Auction Yard
CRAVEN ARMS Shropshire SY7 9BZ map
tel: 01588 673902
The Ironbridge Book Shop
5 The Square
IRONBRIDGE Shropshire TF8 7AQ map
tel: 01952 432273 e-mail
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
Thousands of books in stock, new and old. Plenty to inspire the mind! Specialist in Penguin Books. In the heart of Shropshire, opposite the famous Ironbridge
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsA
refreshing new bookshop which takes the place of two former outlets on
the second floor. A good selection of titles; one room being fiction,
the other all major categories. Very strong on Shropshire publications
as well as plenty on military and politics. Go round at least twice to
pick up the odd gems. - Chris Harte 20.02.18.
Welsh Bridge Books & Collectables
SHREWSBURY Shropshire SY3 8JU map
tel: 01743 359995 e-mail web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
interesting and unusual books, ephemera, photographs, vintage toys, juvenalia, transport collectables, music memorabilia, militaria, sports, antiquarian. We stock an eclectic variety of hard-to-find items, so please feel free to contact us.
BISHOP'S CASTLE Shropshire SY9 5BN map
tel: 01588 638318
Open: Tuesday & Thursday - Sunday 10.00 - 5.30.
We have a large selection of secondhand books covering all topics and we are major specialists in secondhand classical records. Our coffee shop serves tea and coffee throughout the day, and we also have a range of selected gifts and cards.
Add a comment Read commentsHide commentsWell-stocked, pleasant, with refreshments and located in one of Shropshire's more interesting little towns. - Paul Lister.
Very nice indeed with an excellent little cafe and a massive selection of classical CD's & LP's to complement a good selection of general books. - Steve Archer 17.09.09.
I agree with Steve Archer - I didn't have time to sample the cafe but made three excellent book purchases (one a volume I'd even failed to locate on the internet) and was only deterred from making more by the prospect of domestic disharmony! - Henry Middleton 15.10.09.
A very pleasant place with decent coffee and lots of room. The CDs were selling very well on my visit although not so the books. All titles were neatly housed in their correct sections although there seemed to be nothing on sale which was pre-1980. Quite a few browsers who appeared attracted to the large Folio Society section. The town had a few tourists ambling around although my nephew, who lives there, said the real activity starts as soon as the pubs close. - Chris Harte 13.06.11.
Great location and an excellent selection of CDs and books, well-ordered and looked after and most at very tempting prices. - Brett Sidaway 30.07.11.
Interesting stock - reasonable prices. Worth a detour to see the range of s/h CDs and LPs - amazing variety of classical composers/performers. Surrounding countryside worth visiting, summer or winter. Town retains elements of 'knit your own brown rice' population. - Book Buyer 18.11.11.
Agreed all above, this has an excellent book selection and the largest classical CD selection methinks outside London. Brilliant. Both recent visits I had to put up with braying green wellie people so take earplugs! - Norman Davies 19.04.12.
Fabulous - always something to buy - either CDs or books or both. The way bookshops should be! - Sandy 03.07.13.
Always a discerning selection in literature, especially unusual European titles. The large stock of classical CDs and albums is a pleasure to browse. Very civilised, and reliably open on Sunday too. - Mark 16.11.13.
This was quite a find and offered a good selection of sensibly priced books, CDs and classical vinyl. The owner was most helpful and the whole atmosphere of the place was relaxed and very civilised. I enjoyed my visit enormously and certainly hope to make a return visit in the not too distant future. - Nicholas Pendower 12.04.14.
Fantastic and always has been. Just 2 more like this in the UK and the world would be a better place! - Rich 31.05.14.