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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2020

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St Richard's Book & Media, Malvern - recently opened.
Henry's Cafe Bookshop, Upton - recently opened.
Boars Nest Trading, Upton - closed.

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Books For Amnesty
3 Edith Walk
MALVERN  Worcestershire  WR14 4QH   map
tel: 01684 563507  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
A large, well categorised stock of reasonably priced books in a small shop with a swift turnover. Books found on our (separate) internet list, can be bought in the shop at a 10% discount - but please contact us first. Staffed entirely by volunteers so that all our profits go to support the work of Amnesty International.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsSensibly priced and categorised donated books with volunteer assistants who actually like books! To be recommended. - Mary 16.07.11.
    A well frequented general bookshop and definitely worth visiting if in Malvern. - OWC 13.09.12.
    Surprised that so few reviews and last in 2012. Far better then majority of charity shops. Is a bookshop in its own right and deserves better support. - Brian Stringer 20.10.14.
    Always a pleasure to visit this shop, well stocked, well arranged and very friendly and helpful volunteers. - Jenny 20.02.15.
    Much better than most charity bookshops. It must be a good area as people regularly drop interesting books in. The shop is well stocked and organised. They also sell online, so they keep the rarer titles upstairs. - Dan 24.02.15.
    Wonderful book shop. I'd never been before this week and stumbled on it by accident - in the middle of Malvern but tucked away down a side street. Fantastic collection of interesting books, both old and nearly new, and incredibly reasonable prices too. I came away with a big bag full! - 22.12.16.
    Excellent bookshop with a surprisingly good selection at very good prices. Always come away with something. - Norman Davies 13.03.17.
    This shop is quite superb. I had only taken one pace through the door when I spotted a gem on the facing shelf. My mind said: "Where on earth did they get THAT?" I spent three hours (in a charity shop!) going twice through the excellent stock. Thank goodness my car was parked right outside as I could not have staggered far with the two boxloads I purchased. A visit is a must for anyone in the area. - Chris Harte 25.05.17.
    I have not been here for several years but always cane away with a good number of books. The same was true of this visit, with some interesting military titles. Two bonus points this time: two gentlemen guitarists outside providing quality entertainment and the second; the books were all half price ... WAD again. I did not have time to canvas the other shops in Malvern - next time maybe! - Jonathan Morgan 15.09.18.
    Jon Morgan seems to have beat me to the best military books, either that or the half-price sale cleared their stock somewhat. This shop is the best charity shop in the town and unlike The Malvern Bookshop they take cards. The books are spread through 3 aisles and bookcases spread around on the walls of 1 large room. Seating for studying ones purchases is provided. Sadly I missed the sale but still came away with 1 bag load. Highly recommended. - Laurence Batchelor 01.10.18.

Daisychain Benevolent Fund Bookshop
37-39 St John's
WORCESTER  Worcestershire  WR2 5AG   map
tel: 01905 429397  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.30
Secondhand charity bookshop. High turnover of stock from current fiction titles through non-fiction to collectibles. Well presented stock and pleasant staff. Also stocks CDs, DVDs and vinyl records

 Add a comment  Hide commentsVery good bookshop with fair prices and friendly staff - I've found several books I was looking out for there and always try to call in when I am visiting St Johns. - Karin 15.02.20.

Grant Books
The Coach House
New Road 
CUTNALL GREEN  Worcestershire  WR9 0PQ   map
tel: 01299 851588

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Greyfriars House Secondhand Bookshop
Greyfriars House and Garden (National Trust)
Friar Street 
WORCESTER  Worcestershire  WR1 2LZ   map
tel: 01905 23571  e-mail  web
Open: See website seasonal for opening times.
At Greyfriars find a collection of captivating reads, from fiction, autobiography and classics. Choose from a collection for kids, inspirational books for those interested in recipes, sport, history and more. Every second-hand book you buy here helps to preserve this special place.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsSmallish stock and not generally that exciting but worth keeping an eye on if you are visiting the area anyway. - Karin 15.02.20.

Henry's Cafe Bookshop and Antiques
22 High Street
UPTON UPON SEVERN  Worcestershire  WR8 0HB   map
tel: 01684 438300  e-mail
Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 5.00.
Large selection of secondhand books with an emphasis on history and military from ancient times to the twentieth century.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsHow this café is ever classed with the name "bookshop" is beyond my comprehension. It is a pretentious coffee shop, set over two floors, with five shelves comprising mainly of Napoleonic and Roman titles. - Chris Harte 25.05.17.

Ian K Pugh Books
40 Bridge Street
PERSHORE  Worcestershire  WR101AT   map
tel: 01386 552681
Open: Phone before travelling.
Established 1974. Opened Pershore 1984. Medium stock with good-quality, interesting sections on art, illustrated, antiquarian, antiques, poetry, natural history, military, children's, topography, horticulture, history. Large reserve stock in two cellars.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsEverything appeared normal except he has shortened his opening hours - typically 11.00 start and earlier finishes. However, yesterday he was still not open at 11.15. - Greg Howell 27.07.09.
    Whenever I have tried to visit this bookshop in the past two or three years, it has always been closed, no matter what time of day. If is therefore difficult to comment on the contents, although the window display looks interesting. If you are travelling any distance, you should definitely ring in advance. - Geoffrey Warner 07.07.11.
    Rather tired stock and owner. A 'Sale 50% off' sign in the window looked as if it had been there for months. Disappointing. - Mary 16.07.11.
    To avoid frustration phone the day before you arrive. I liked the stock, the owner, and the dog. There are very big piles of recently bought books to wade through on the floor. - OWC 18.09.12.
    After many years of visiting when the shop was closed, I finally claimed success. I found the owner's company very much to my liking and enjoyed the banter. The quality of the books could not be faulted although they were at the top end of the market. - Chris Harte 16.11.13.
    The shop was closed when I visited but there was a notice stating that the owner was over the road in a hotel. He happily came over and opened up. Some of the best books are at home for internet dealing and he did list those that would interest me. I hadn't visited for over a year but a lot of the stock hadn't changed. The owner is very affable and was not aware of the Book Guide and the comments made. - CB 22.03.14.
    Large but variable quality stock. High floor stacks obscure lower shelves so be prepared to rummage. Ian was to be found in Brandy Cask Pub (very nice riverside garden and brews its own beer) over the road but quickly opened the shop and was interesting to talk to. - Brian Stringer 02.10.14.
    Phoned twice (late morning and afternoon) on a regular Sept. Monday before driving to Pershore for the 1st time. Both times his phone just rang and rang. No divert to mobile and no answering machine. Luckily I visited Sedgeberrow and spent my pennies there - clearly, this business has lost its prime reason for being = Be Open so customers can buy some books! - Laurence Batchelor 06.09.18.

Lion Books
Unit 38, Meadow Mills Industrial Estate
Dixon Street 
KIDDERMINSTER  Worcestershire  DY10 1HH   map
tel: 01562 745060  e-mail  web
Open: By appointment only.
Specialist sporting stock with particular emphasis on Association Football and Motorsport. A good general stock of 15,000 books in spacious warehouse open to the public. Free parking in town centre location.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsRecently moved to new premises - Andy Lockett 21.08.15.
    After a few minutes conversation the owner reminded me that it was 17 years since we had last met. In that time he had moved premises three times. Currently on a trading estate on the edge of the town centre the space allowed for the stock to be easily categorised on the shelves. I had plenty of time to look at the holdings which were dominated by his specialities of football and motor-racing. However, there are books for the general browser and I picked up some fairly rare offerings. - Chris Harte 25.05.17.

Oxfam
18 Church Street
MALVERN  Worcestershire  WR14 2AY   map
tel: 01684 568468  web

 Add a comment  Hide commentsNot classified as a 'bookshop' (sic) but well worth a visit just to gawp at the quality of the titles held on the shelves. General holdings but worth a look. - Chris Harte 16.11.13.
    Standard Oxfam separate bookroom. Yes some decent selections but frankly hilarious pricing of one "antique" book I was interested in. No sale. - Norman Davies 13.03.17.
    Mid-league for an Oxfam as I walked away with 5 purchases. The books are spread in the room behind the till but the holdings do lack in quality. I feel Amnesty gets the best donations in Malvern. - Laurence Batchelor 01.10.18.

Read and Ride
Platform 2
Great Malvern Station  Station Approach 
MALVERN  Worcestershire  WR14 3AL   map
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 5.00?
Charity bookshop selling donated books, staffed by volunteers.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA small bookshop selling mainly fiction but including a section on non-fiction, maps & cards. Reasonably priced and well worth a look if you are in the area. - Steve Newman 03.03.14.
    Wasted journey, as not open at 10:30 am on a Monday in August. The station cafe owner says the shop usually opens at 11, as the staff are volunteers. - Wisden 21.08.14.
    After a 10 minute walk from town they were still open at 4pm but it was a wasted journey as a small shop, low on quality and mainly p/b fiction. - Laurence Batchelor 01.10.18.

Read and Ride
Worcester Shrub Hill Station
Shrub Hill 
WORCESTER  Worcestershire  WR4 9EJ   map
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 5.00?
Charity bookshop selling donated books, staffed by volunteers.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsThis seems to have been shut whenever I have been through Shrub Hill recently. When I last visited it seemed to have one price (£1.50?) for most of the non-fiction books, which means you can get bargains but others are overpriced. - Karin 15.02.20.

Sedgeberrow Books
25 High Street
PERSHORE  Worcestershire  WR10 1AA   map
tel: 01386 751830 (anytime)  fax: 01386 751830  e-mail  web
Open: Open: Monday - Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
Located in a Grade 2* listed building, over 20000 secondhand books on most subjects, specialising in aviation, naval and maritime, military history, British and world history, and transport, over 1000 titles in each section. Extensive local history plus a selection of antiquarian titles. Large literature sections. We also stock local and fine art photographs, picture frames, photo albums and jigsaws.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsDefinitely worth a visit if you are in the area, whether the other bookshops are open or not! If I say that the military and history sections are very good, that doesn't mean the others aren't; I am merely commenting on my own special interests. - Geoffrey Warner 07.07.11.
    A pleasant and knowledgeable owner and good stock. Worth going into Pershore for this shop. - Mary 16.07.11.
    This is a well organized general shop with a cabinet of antiquarian books. For my tastes the stock is light but surprisingly I and others left most contented with our purchases. - OWC 13.09.12.
    This is a serious bookshop with serious prices. The stock has great variety and includes framed maps and prints, but, given the way the books are tightly stacked in the shelves, one wonders whether there is a very large turnover here. As Ive already implied, pricing is such that you will definitely not come away with a bagful of bargains, but if you are looking for a specific title you will quite possibly find it at what is probably a fair price. There is always a place for shops of this type, but I'm afraid that I came out empty handed, despite the fact that I'm always eager to spend more than a few quid if the spirit moves me - sadly I was not moved in Pershore. - Nicholas Pendower 13.10.12.
    How ironic to be criticised for keeping our shop well stocked. Gaps don't sell. We manage our stock proactively, shelves are refilled weekly with 8-10 crates of fresh stock, and yes, we do have a very healthy turnover of books, thank you! - Jayne & David, Sedgeberrow Books 18.10.12.
    I have to agree with the owners of this bookshop, regarding Mr Pendowers comments. This is an excellent bookshop, with a large, wide range of both fiction and non-fiction. Lets be honest, we all wish books were cheaper in reality, prices here are on a par with similar businesses. Why not pop along? You will not be disappointed! - Will Tyler 01.11.12.
    Quite a delight to visit and browse. Give yourself time though!! - David Stocks 02.11.12.
    If you're a collector you'll know the feeling... Initial excitement at finding a big, well stocked bookshop ... Followed by disappointment when everything proves to be in uncollectable condition. My interest is fiction so other genres may be better represented. - Neil Goodlad 02.11.12.
    I cannot believe the negative comments about this shop. This is one of the best bookshops I have visited in terms of quantity and quality of stock, the prices are not unreasonable at all and I have always noticed new stock every time I've been there. Just because there is nothing for you on the day you go does not warrant such criticism. Definitely well worth a visit. - Daniel 10.01.13.
     Whenever I've visited I have found collectable books, in nice condition and at very reasonable prices. - Biblioshelf 10.07.13.
    Having read the above reviews I was slightly wary on my visit. Overall my feelings were mixed having examined very neat shelves of books; purchasing nothing, but realising that every community needs a shop like this. Curate's Egg syndrome. - Chris Harte 16.11.13.
    Revisited last week. In my humble view this is a superb dying breed s/h bookshop. OK prices not cheap but they are sensible and the range is impressive, I came away with a large bundle of various interests. WWAD. - Norman Davies 13.08.14.
     Airy, smart and well kept premises. Definitely worth visiting. I was short of time and was wishing for the large history section to be better sorted. Military section was extensive. Not a bargain shop but not overpriced either. - Brian Stringer 02.10.14.
    I visit this shop every six months or so. I find it a shop where there is usually something new in the items I collect. The owner has had a change round and he has found more room for the subjects that are most popular. The railway section has grown for example. Very well presented and easy to use The owner is very pleasant and chats about how he prices the books, he will negotiate. A good bookshop. - CB 06.02.16.
    Since my last visit it seems that shelves have been better categorised. I found browsing easy and came away with three welcome additions to my collection. Everything still fairly general. - Chris Harte 24.05.16.
    Superb service. Books were as advertised, nicely packaged and arrived well before they were expected. Hoping to do business again. - John 30.08.16.
    Quite possibly the best military stock I've found in the Midlands. Not only do the owners categorize down to aviation/naval level but even more precisely than that e.g. fleet air arm/bomber command sections which makes browsing so effortless. The military and railway sections were extensive and the stock of high quality. Plenty of parking in the nearby Asda just off the High Steet. Bulk discount offered and a very pleasant and knowledgeable owner. I had to restrain myself to just 10 purchases - it could have easily been double! This bookshop clearly is WWAD and I shall be visiting as regularly as I can. - Laurence Batchelor 06.09.18.

St Richard's Book & Media Store
116 Worcester Road
MALVERN  Worcestershire  WR14 1SS   map
tel: 01684 573 480  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
A charity-run bookshop and media store with a wide and interesting stock of around 8,000-10,000 items including books, dvds, cds and vinyl. An extensive range of fiction and children's books is coupled with a wide variety of non-fiction and rare books. An attractive, thoughtfully-laid out shop with a rich variety of stock and particularly good selections of poetry and plays.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA very well presented shop with books categorised on the tidy shelves. A vintage section near to the till but otherwise very general. - Chris 18.05.18.
    Worth driving to the other side of Malvern for this one as its a bit of a walk from the high street. Everything is nicely categorized but agree the stock is very general. For me the Children's section was the only section 2 purchases were made. Free parking just outside on the main road and also within walking distance from Malvern Link station. - Laurence Batchelor 01.10.18.
    Naughty, naughty. If you are going to raise the prices of books in the "rare and antiquarian" section (i.e. - those from pre-1970) then don't do it while someone is standing behind you watching what you are doing. - Chris Harte 04.06.19.

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.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsExcellent extensive selection in a largeish basement room. Above average charity shop and I made several purchases. Sadly some older books seem to have been "Oxfam-ed" or "Abe-ed" priced. - Norman Davies 13.03.17.
    I was rather underwhelmed with this one having travelled over from Stow after visiting Evergreen Livre. Although there is a lot of books in the basement at charity shop prices the quality is low. Only 1 purchase made which the ladies upstairs kept me waiting a long time to pay for. The charity shops in the town were all of a general nature with poor selections of books making Evesham not high on the list of towns to visit for the booklover or collector. - Laurence Batchelor 06.12.18.

The Hop Pocket Shopping Village
The Hop Pocket
Bishops Frome 
WORCESTER  Worcestershire  WR6 5BT   map
tel: 01531 640 323  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00.
One section has antiques & books.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsIt's not brilliant and some unrealistic pricing, but I've made a few worthwhile buys. - Michael 28.05.16.

The Malvern Bookshop
7 Abbey Road
MALVERN  Worcestershire  WR14 3ES   map
tel: 01684 575915  fax: 01684 575915  e-mail  web
Open: Wednesday & Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
A big and long established (60 years +) bookshop with stock in all the subjects and has a music room. Quality books bought and sold. By the Priory steps near the Post Office. Rebecca took over the shop in January 2015, and wants it to stay the way she has always loved it - but realises you have to change with the times.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsLovely and friendly shop - two floors, five rooms and good range of stock (much of it, frustratingly, not shelved by topic yet). Prices were generally good, though the newer items seemed a tad overpriced. - George Marshall 25.02.10.
    A long established book shop in a good position. Pleasant owners and some good stock although some is quite ordinary. - Mary 16.07.11.
     This is a spacious shop of curiosities which requires every shelf and table to be carefully picked over. I left with a bag of gems and a most amusing overheard conversation between customer and owner. - OWC 13.09.12.
    Very good bookshop, but - and perhaps we have just been unlucky - they do seem to close for a couple of weeks at the wrong times! So - recommend ringing first if you are travelling to visit them. - BT & ET 02.11.13.
    A really lovely shop. Excellent selection on the upstairs shelves. Prices were more than acceptable. Overall it was the quality which stood out. WWAD. - Chris Harte 16.11.13.
    There is something about this shop which makes a visit so very pleasant. The stock is interesting with quite a few little gems dotted around. I really do hope that a buyer will be found: someone who will not change the lovely ambience. - Chris Harte 24.03.14.
    Just a note to echo Chris Harte's comments. It would be a shame to lose this terrific shop! - Will Tyler 19.07.14.
    Delightful town - delightful shop - delightful owners. And yes, the book stock was delightful as well. If this shop disappears then a gem will be lost. - Brian Stringer 20.10.14.
    Popped in a few weeks ago and was glad to see it is still going. It is in a nice position and has recently changed hands - I'm glad to say the new owner has breathed some life into the place, with an arresting window display and some first editions/old books on the first floor. - Dan 24.02.15.
    Enjoyable visit to this bookshop with a very pleasant owner. Interesting stock of maps and a very good atlas at reasonable prices. The new owner has made tremendous progress and it is very well stocked with a wide range of books. Pleasure to visit. - CB 14.11.15.
    Really glad to see this shop has been able to carry on. The new owner has done a brilliant job, keeping its previous character yet adding a lot of interesting, reasonably priced stock. - Will Tyler 23.12.15.
    Visited for first time under newish owners - great that such a lovely old fashioned shop is still going. My specialities seemed to be the same books on the same shelves at same prices as under the old regime but good luck in keeping it going. - Norman Davies 13.03.17.
    Still as nice as ever. The eclectic stock made a change from usual run of the mill bookshops. The only downside was having to go back up the road to get cash as they don't take plastic. - Chris Harte 25.05.17.
    The shop is very much bigger upstairs than it appears from the outside. It accommodates a large, wide-ranging, sensibly-priced stock. There are specialisations in sheet music, travel and topography, some antiquarian, a good number of 1950s and 1960s Penguins. My spirits were lifted by overhearing one holidaying schoolchild say to another, ‘This is the Natural History section, it’s brilliant’. Civilised shop, civilised customers. - James Mackay 29.07.17.
    A top class bookshop with very reasonable prices and a bulk discount offered on a bag load of purchases. Don't be deceived by this shops small frontage as once you enter and climb the stairs there are books on the landing and 3 large rooms floor to ceiling and all catagorised. For me what shone through with this shop was I found many rare military books which I've not seen before and the Gentlemen who smoked a pipe was most helpful and courteous. Lastly through conversation with this man I found out that the lady owner is thinking of selling this shop along with the flat above. If this bookshop closes it will be a tragedy. Sale details emailed to Mike so hopefully he will post as a news story for all. - Laurence Batchelor 01.10.18.
    Rather disappointing as, although this is a pleasant shop with quite a varied stock, there seemed very little of any quality (at least in the non-fiction holdings). Although quite civil towards us, the owner (Rebecca) was surprisingly terse and rude to her other customers. - Booker T 18.07.19.

The Snowdrops Bookshop at St Richards Hospice
13/14 St Swithins Street
WORCESTER  Worcestershire  WR1 2PS   map
tel: 01905 616353  e-mail
Open: Mon - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30, Sunday 10.30 - 4.30.
The Snowdrops Bookshop, that was located in Reindeer Court Worcester closed in 2014 and has reopened on the first floor of the St Richards Hospice shop. The floor is shared with a coffee shop The first floor can be accessed via a lift. All credit cards are accepted.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsEasily the best of the Worcester charity bookshops, making it (in absence of others) the best of the 2ndhand bookshops. Stock and presentation excellent, prices excitingly reasonable. Not antiquarian, but I found several unfamiliar items in my specialist area + Coffee. - Xanthias 25.08.15.

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