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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2020



G and J Chesters, Tamworth - recently re-opened.
Edward Daly Books, Leek - closed.
St Giles Hospice Bookshop, Uttoxeter - closed.

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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

Abacas Books & Cards
56 - 60 Millrise Road
STOKE-ON-TRENT  Staffordshire  ST2 7BW   map
tel: 01782 543005  e-mail
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00 (1.00 Saturday).
Medium size stock on most subjects, from paperbacks to antiquarian books. We also stock new local history books & greetings cards. Established 1980.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsPaperbacks £2, hardbacks £4. Clean, well ordered but small. Worth visiting several times a year. David and Margaret are very helpful and friendly. - Rosie Gamgee 10.11.12.
    A fabulous bookshop and cardshop run by delightful people, David and Margaret. The second hand books are all clean, well cared for and categorised. The shop is spotlessly clean and a pleasure to spend time in. I have known this shop for years and years and it's such a pleasure to meet proprietors who make you so welcome and are themselves so keen on books and reading. Go there and enjoy. - Neville Seabridge 10.05.14.
    Abacas Books now closes on a Monday but is otherwise open Tuesday to Saturday. Books are still priced as above. The Art section is worth consideration as is the section on World Wars. Good free parking at park opposite. - Rosie Gamgee 18.01.20.

Alsager Book Emporium
Hassall Road Methodist Church
ALSAGER  Staffordshire  ST7 2HH   map
tel: 01270 625278 or 625444  web
Open: Friday 10.00 - 2.00, Saturday 10.00 - 1.00.
We have around 30,000 donated secondhand books on a variety of subjects. Proceeds to Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsWhatever you are looking for, this amazing bookshop probably has it. Half the space is given over to Christian books but there are also hundreds of biographies, books on trains, self help and health, history, poetry, humour, topography, art, and lo-o-a-d-s of fiction both classic and modern in paperback. This is the only bookshop I know with a working organ! Coffee/tea and biscuits are offered to refresh you as you browse. Oh and if that wasn't rough, the prices are set to sell with most fiction paperbacks at 50p and large hardback glossy art books at £2. Brilliant! - Rosie Gamgee 10.03.18.

Andie's Book Shop
Longton Market
Transport Lane 
STOKE-ON-TRENT  Staffordshire  ST3 1BZ   map
tel: 07531 464604  web
Open: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
Market stall selling mostly paperbacks.

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Bethel Books
New Hall Street
STOKE-ON-TRENT  Staffordshire  ST1 5HQ   map
Open: Open: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 12.00 - 2.00.
Secondhand and new theology and other Christian books. We also stock a variety of greetings cards. Bethel Bookshop is part of and run by Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Stoke on Trent. It is not run for profit, and is staffed by volunteers. Most Fridays the pastor, who is rather knowledgable about books, is in the shop.

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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.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsWorth a visit. Rather an 'old-fashioned' feel to it (same with the stall on Stafford market): plenty of rather scruffy - but quite interesting and even uncommon - titles. Parking nearby. - Andrew Bradley 18.07.14.
    Certainly wouldn't recommend this shop. Female till operator not very welcoming and in my opinion had a poor attitude and lacked customer care skills. Shall definitely NOT be going back!!!! - J H 18.01.20.

Fair Reader
186 Walsall Road
LICHFIELD  Staffordshire  WS13 8AH   map
tel: 01543 255103

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G. & J. Chesters
Unit 4, Pooley Hall Farm Buildings
Pooley Lane  Polesworth 
TAMWORTH  Staffordshire  B78 1JA   map
tel: 01827 894743  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
Large stock of antiquarian, scholarly and enthusiasts' books.Visitors by appointment. We now work from a warehouse so do NOT keep regular opening times.

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Michael Morris Antique Maps, Books and Prints
Weavers Green
BURTON UPON TRENT  Staffordshire  DE13 9PQ   map
tel: 01283 575344  e-mail  web
Open: By appointment.
Varied stock but specialising in maps, plans, charts, atlases, prints, engravings, manuscripts and ephemera. Prices from very little to quite a lot.If you can give me an idea of your interests I may have something for you. I've been established - supplying libraries, museums, record offices, the trade and collectors - since 1993. I also buy and swap.

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New Chapters Bookshop (RSPCA)
6 Fountain Square
STOKE-ON-TRENT  Staffordshire  ST1 1LG   map
tel: 01782 207779  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 4.30.
Charity bookshop full of quality books and vinyl records at amazing prices.

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Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Breadmarket Street
LICHFIELD  Staffordshire  S13 6LG   map
tel: 01543 264972  fax: 0121 323 4107  e-mail  web
Open: Daily 10.30 - 4.30 1 March - 31 October, 11.00 - 3.30 1 November - 28 February.
Although our bookshop contains some new titles (mainly pertaining to Johnson and Lichfield), we mainly stock a large range of secondhand books. Our titles span across a range of different genres, including fiction, biographies and historical novels.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsStill there after many years and the 2nd hand stock is spread around 1 period room upon 1st entering. It does not require admission to the museum to buy from the 2nd hand stock. Stock levels are not huge but both fiction and non-fiction is covered alongside the gift shop which naturally is Samuel Johnston orientated. I left with 2 reasonably priced military books and they do take cards as payment. The assistant made me aware the building has been selling books since the 1700s which must make it one of the oldest in England. - Laurence Batchelor 15.10.18.

St Giles Hospice Bookshop
192 Station Street
BURTON UPON TRENT  Staffordshire  DE14 1BH   map
tel: 01283 516218
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.15.
Parking for donation of books at the rear of the shop.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsThe best charity bookshop I've seen. Very well organised and stock topped up regularly, so worth repeated visits. This is the cream of a chain of shops run by this excellent charity. Prices realistic. Some remainders, some used. - aeromike 25.07.15.

St Giles Hospice Bookshop
22 Market Street
LICHFIELD  Staffordshire  WS13 6LH   map
tel: 01543 254664  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
Stocking a wide range of titles, including blockbuster fiction, travel and leisure companions, histories, reference guides, children's books, and antiquarian volumes. New stock added every week.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsCharity shop with everything categorised. Prices agreeable but perhaps less than 1000 books. Worth popping in if you plan to visit this charming small city. - Laurence Batchelor 18.07.15.
    Return visit after 3 years. A small charity shop with everything catagorized and reasonable prices. I must be honest and say I struggle to find military books to buy here despite them having a bookcase full as they always seem to be only common titles. There is also an Oxfam bookshop on the same street and the Samuel Johnston Museum is still selling 2nd hand books. It is still worth visiting this small pleasant city even though it's lost its main 2nd hand bookshops. All the shops to visit are contained in this 1 street and in walking distance from the car parks and in addition there are 3 or 4 general charity shops which have small selections of books. The only other place which use to have 2nd-hand books was a dealer housed within the antiques centre near the to the lake by the Cathedral but they have now departed. - Laurence Batchelor 15.10.18.

The Book Barge
Our usual mooring is:
The Promenade  Barton Marina 
BARTON UNDER NEEDWOOD  Staffordshire  DE13 8DZ   map
tel: 07946 605324  e-mail  web
Open: See website for times and locations.
The Book Barge comprises a mix of new and secondhand fiction that tries to reflect the very best of contemporary, classic and children's literature. Books have been carefully selected to offer a quality alternative to high street bestseller lists including, among others, specialist sections exploring topical issues, titular oddities and travel ephemera.

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