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Barrister_s Book Chamber /MATLOCK/The Courtyard, 2 Dale Rd
The Barrister's Book Chamber   Open at advertised times
The Courtyard, 2 Dale Rd  MATLOCK  DE4 3LT
tel:  01777 711441  e-mail   web   
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
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Antique, vintage, secondhand books from all genres. A book shop with a difference offering not just a book buying opportunity but a unique experience to step back in time, browse for a book and relax amongst the many volumes.

A very interesting bookshop, with a varied stock well ordered, it has its own tearoom and interesting barrister related displays. Staff are friendly and helpful. parking is easy and near. Well worth a visit  John Pyatt 12.02.18
Moved here from Retford in 2019  TBG2 08.07.21

Book End/BAKEWELL/Bridge House
Book End  Phone before travelling
Bridge House  Bridge Street   BAKEWELL   DE45 1DS
tel: 01629 814994  e-mail 
Open:  Thursday - Monday 10.00 - 5.00.
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We are a small second-hand bookshop run for the benefit of Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport. All books are donated. Wide cross section of fiction and non fiction. As well as second-hand books of all genres, there is a stock of new goods including: cards, gift wrap, There are also greetings cards. This second hand book shop is run primarily by volunteers who are friendly and helpful.

Well worth a visit. Good for those little treats like old NEL and 4-Square paperbacks, true crime, 1960s Pan. Saw nothing priced above £2.  Andrew Bradley 26.10.15
Nice friendly little shop near Bakewell's historic bridge over the River Wye. Spot the many "Original Bakewell Pudding Shops" en route! Most books are priced at £2, though I paid a fiver for a Folio Society edition of Priestley's English Journey. Busy and popular, clearly part of the community, the shop has a good selection of both fiction and non-fiction.  TravellingLibrary 13.03.17
A well laid out shop with books in very good condition at very reasonable prices. A joy for a reader but little for collectors.  Loyola 13.04.17
Not open at 4-30 on Friday 7th June 2019. What I could see through the windows looked promising but if they won't let me in then I ain't buying.  Steven 13.06.19

Book Shop/WIRKSWORTH/Market Place
The Book Shop  Phone before travelling
Market Place   WIRKSWORTH   DE4 4ET
tel: 01629 825120 
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 11.00 - 4.00.
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(RF Barrett late of Matlock) Smaller premises, but still well worth a call.  Mike Jobbing 24.06.08
Just visited The Book Shop - tucked away in the corner of the marketplace, on the opposite corner to the library. Good stock at reasonable prices.  John Hale 05.05.09
Discerning selection, particularly of 20th century literature and very moderately priced.  Lost Club 16.11.09
Very reasonable prices. Proprietor very helpful and knowledgeable.  Leo 20.07.11
Left feeling rather impressed - not a huge number of books on display but it was a case of quality, not quantity here. Excellent prices and a pleasant atmosphere to browse in.  Graeme Rendall 22.10.12
Well WAD, this shop ticked plenty of boxes for me. The relatively small selection - I guess 4-5k is compensated for by high interest value. So much so I had to return a few days later. I will be back.  Stevesan 17.05.14
Wirksworth is not on a main route and so getting there requires some effort. Having made that effort potential customers do not expect to be received with arrogance and rudeness. This is first time in over forty years of book buying that I have walked out of a shop because of the appalling attitude of the proprietor - safe to say I shall not be making a return visit.  Nicholas Pendower 03.07.14
Quiet and efficient, and probably the best, most experienced book-seller in Derbyshire now that Alan Hill and Laura Crooks are no longer with us. Quality not quantity; fairly priced - and clean.  Andrew Bradley 12.07.14
I always look forward to my visits. Richard is probably the most expert antiquarian dealer in the county and his stock is diverse, even if I have no idea how he can make it succeed in such a tiny shop.  Charles Murray 26.07.14
An exceptional book shop. I can endorse all of the comments already made. I seldom visit but whenever I manage it I always find something. On this occasion it was a book that I have been searching for for months. The owner apologised for its poor condition and although it was better than most of the others I have seen in the past, this was by far the cheapest copy.  CB 18.08.14
A really nice shop to visit. Fairly small but with no tat on the shelves. A very good all round selection of titles with local history books being very strong.  Chris Harte 23.03.15
We were in the Peak district for just 2 days and made a special trip to Wirksworth only to find the shop closed despite it being 3.30. Not very impressed.  David 10.06.16
Small premises but choice stock competitively priced. pleasing window display and plenty of decent books being 'moved through' at £1. shrewd proprietor still doing it for the love of books, so opening hours a bit flexible - worth phoning ahead and respecting the stock by giving it more than half an hour to browse! Only a couple of miles from Cromford's great Scarthin Books, well worth a joint visit if you've got all day.  glenk 10.07.18

Chappells Antique Centre/BAKEWELL/King Street
Chappells Antique Centre  Open at advertised times
King Street   BAKEWELL   DE45 1DZ
tel: 01629 812496 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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A secondhand bookstall dealing mainly in paperbacks.

Countryside Books  /CROMFORD/Cromford Mill  Mill Road  
Countryside Books    Phone before travelling
Cromford Mill  Mill Road    CROMFORD  DE4 3RQ
tel:  07748652077  e-mail   web
Open:  Summer: Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 5.00. Other times, reduced hours and closed some days.
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Around 7500 books, all second-hand

Although I visited this excellent little shop on a Thursday, owner Jim Dixon, who has two other shops in the area, said that he is always open weekends but ring beforehand to check on other opening times. It was my wife who found the gem I had been searching for years to find. I then examined the quality holdings in detail and was amazed at what such small premises could hold. This has to be on visiting lists.  Chris Harte 04.09.19

George Street Books/GLOSSOP/14-16 George Street
George Street Books  Open at advertised times
14-16 George Street   GLOSSOP   SK13 8AY
tel: 01457 853413  web 
Open:  Monday & Tuesday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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An old-style, low-key browsers' bookshop offering a really wide choice of interesting fiction and non-fiction. From July 2018 it is being run as a community enterprise.

The shop is sizeable and well laid out, with a range of fiction and non-fiction that should provide satisfaction for all browsers. Highly recommended  Bridget the Browser 
The stock is varied and sizeable, but the pricing is somewhat inconsistent and perhaps a little above average. However, it is certainly worth a visit and I'm sure that collectors would not come away empty handed.  Nicholas Pendower 01.11.12
A visit made even more welcome by the most helpful lady in charge. A wide selection of titles with plenty on Lancashire and local towns. Children's books had their own alcove with hundreds of annuals noted. Well worth a visit.  Chris Harte 23.03.15
Hidden away down a side street, the shop is old fashioned and quaint. Non fiction was mostly upstairs and I found a few things to buy, quite cheaply. Many shelves were double stacked which I'm not personally a fan of but I know some are. Worth stopping by, although the shop seemed a little neglected and dated.  Flip M 10.08.17
Apparently changed hands but still same old tired stock - no quality. Asked new owner about an un-priced pamphlet and immediately scanned to Iphone to find his {ABE] price which he quoted! Did not buy & will not be going back.  Wiz collector 09.08.18
We found it closed on Monday, 6.8.18 with a notice in the window saying it had been sold and a community group was being formed to manage it. Something for all of us to support in whatever way possible. (Good range of stock when we were last there in 2017.)  S+S 09.08.18
The shop is now run as a community enterprise under a part-time manager. Currently it is unchanged from its previous incarnation but there are plans afoot to refurbish and reorder the space to facilitate events. Pricing is internet-based, taking a middle-of-the-road approach. Disappointingly, their plans do not sound to involve refreshing and upgrading the rather tired and ordinary stock. I hope I am wrong, but this looks, at least for the forseeable future, to be a local bookshop for local people.  TravellingLibrary 04.07.19

Hawkridge Books /BAKEWELL/14 Matlock Street  
Hawkridge Books   Open at advertised times
14 Matlock Street    BAKEWELL  DE45 1EE
tel:  01629 815547  e-mail   web
Open:  Closed Wednesday and Sunday, other days 10.00 - 5.00
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Specialist in ornithology and natural history, but selling books in all subjects. Antiquarian and fine books. 9000 volumes of quality books. Formerly at Castleton, Derbyshire (1995-2010)

A beautifully organised shop with a large selection of stock across a range of subject areas. Particularly strong on Topography, First edition fiction and Folio society books… not cheap, but not as expensive as you might imagine form the quality of their stock  Archive61 04.10.21

High Street Books  /NEW MILLS/6 High Street  
High Street Books    Open at advertised times
6 High Street    NEW MILLS  SK22 4AL
tel:  01663 308212  e-mail   web   
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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All manner of books, records and comics. Warehouse just around the corner with 20,000 catalogued items. Under new ownership since 2010.

The window display tempts you in ... lovely little shop, wide variety of stock ... and loads of vinyl downstairs.  Mike 05.10.12
It's great to find a shop of this quality in a small town, with a wide variety of stock and a helpful owner. And yes, there is lots of vinyl downstairs, but because the place is geared up to selling on the internet you are unlikely to land yourself many bargains. Still worth a visit though.  Nicholas Pendower 01.11.12
Excellent shop. Good prices, helpful but not intrusive staff. To use a Driffism WAD.  David 18.06.16
I buy all over the country but this is my local secondhand bookshop. Beats many shops I go into these days for good range of competitively priced books. New stock always being added and tired stock is weeded out so I often find something when I visit. Recommended.  Ed 25.01.17
Super little bookshop; the kind one dreams of discovering but, sadly, is becoming increasingly rare. Good stock; reasonably priced; very helpful owner.  MG 24.06.17
Excellent bookshop - small but perfectly stocked with a well-chosen variety of interesting books in good condition at reasonable prices.  Edmund Bennett 07.07.21

Oxfam Books/BELPER/65a King Street
Oxfam Books  Open at advertised times
65a King Street   BELPER   DE56 1QA
tel: 01773 823410  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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Oxfam Bookshop/ASHBOURNE/1 Dig Street
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
1 Dig Street   ASHBOURNE   DE6 1GF
tel: 01335 344614  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.15 - 5.00.
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Usual Oxfam stock - good prices, wide range. Donations welcome: we also collect locally. Do you love books? Volunteers always needed, for sorting, pricing and online research. Give us a call!

While I bought a few things here, in general the pricing was all over the place. There was a fair stock, but as with most Oxfam shops, anything remotely valuable or unusual had a ridiculously eye-watering price attached to it. Soulless laminate floors to go with the squeaky-clean stock. Not one for a detour.  Nicholas Pendower 12.04.14
A complete contrast to the Matlock branch. In fact, very much like Oxfam bookshops in general: overpriced, often very dull stock; puffed-up, ignorant staff (yes, I know they're only volunteers). Charity bookshops are mostly dire, I'm afraid.  Andrew Bradley 12.07.14

Oxfam Bookshop/MATLOCK/70 Dale Road
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
70 Dale Road   MATLOCK   DE4 3LT
tel: 01629 55799  web 
Open:  Mondy - Friday 10.00- 4.00, Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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Difficult parking on a busy road and very ordinary, small stock. No substitute for the three second hand bookshops there used to be in the town.  Lost Club 16.11.09
A sweet little shop near the bridge to the park. A good well-ordered selection of classic and modern fiction - some very new titles can often be found there - and non-fiction. Volunteers are always very friendly!  Ellie 03.01.12
Well worth a visit if visiting Matlock/Cromford. I've had some real bargains from here - -including rarities that seem to have slipped through the net. Everyman's Library generally priced at 99p - excellent.  Andrew Bradley 03.07.14
The only Oxfam bookshop I visit on a regular basis. Still stuffed with bargains, e.g. lots of Penguins (Salinger, Updike, Henry Roth, other American authors) at 99p or £1.99. Look out for stock they don't know how to really categorise ...  Andrew Bradley 15.08.15
I always enjoy this little shop.  TravellingLibrary 13.03.17

Oxfam Shop/GLOSSOP/12 Henry Street
Oxfam Shop  Open at advertised times
12 Henry Street   GLOSSOP   SK13 8BW
tel: 01457 858388  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 4.30.
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What a surprise. An Oxfam shop nearly equal to a proper bookshop in quantity, quality and price. The manageress was book savvy and knew her job so it was fascinating to chat with her. Some very good titles on the shelves and all categorised. Prices very reasonable. I left with a bag full. Well worth a visit.  Chris Harte 23.03.15
Well organised, a decent and easy to browse selection, although nothing out of the ordinary really. Prices reasonable (not always the case with Oxfam shops). If going to George St Books, its worth popping in (about 5 mins walk away).  Flip M 10.08.17
Nice, bright, well-laid out and obviously well-run shop with interesting stock. Prices mostly very reasonable. Our trip netted some 20 books. I call that a successful visit!  TravellingLibrary 04.07.19

Scarthin Books/CROMFORD/The Promenade
Scarthin Books  Open at advertised times
The Promenade  Scarthin   CROMFORD   DE4 3QF
tel: 01629 823272  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday-Saturday 9.00 - 6.00, Sundays and New Years Day 12.00 - 6.00.
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Great location by the river, busy cafe, lots of books but odd practice of mingling new and second hand together. Limited nearby parking.  Lost Club 16.11.09
I could spend all day here, with so many different rooms, little nooks and crannies, hidden corners and book stacks to browse! We usually take a 'tea and cake' break partway through in the lovely cafe before hitting the shelves again. Have picked up some great secondhand bargains and new books here - the staff are very knowledgeable too - and it's a lovely spot to visit of an afternoon.  Ellie 03.01.12
Up a side street from the square in Cromford, I had really high hopes for this shop. Once inside, I felt a wee bit overwhelmed. You really need several hours just to scratch the surface. Lacking this, I made a beeline for my usual subjects but was put off somewhat by the mixing of new and second-hand titles. I eventually left feeling somewhat frustrated. Shall try again when I've got more time to spare!  Graeme Rendall 22.10.12
Always worth a visit, but the practice of mixing new and old is a bit off-putting. Excellent cafe.  GB 19.11.12
I find the mixing of old and new at Scarthins quite useful - after all if you are interested in, say, dragonflies or arts & crafts houses or pre-dreadnought battleships you're likely to be pleased to see both old and new books on the subject.  Henry Middleton 30.11.12
The mixing of old & new books is strange especially as some of the new books are obviously several years old and look like bright second-hand copies.  Mr Superbus 12.02.13
I rather like the new and old together as it helps my specialisms hunts. Very decent prices, nice cafe, old fashioned shop, excellent all round for a detailed visit.  Norman Davies 01.05.13
It had been fourteen years since my last visit and I had completely forgotten what a treasure trove this bookshop holds. For all of my time on the premises everyone I came across was helpful and I was taken to all the sections which contained books I collect. The holdings are so massive that it would be unfair to categorise them. I came away with a car boot full of gems. WWAD.  Chris Harte 11.07.13
Three-storey building, once a dwelling, now entirely given over to bookshelves. Even the loo houses the Victorian sets. Priced competitively and the stock seems to be frequently refreshed. Cafe is a bit "right-on" for non-veggies, but the books make up for this.  Charles Murray 21.11.13
This is everything a good bookshop should be. It has an extensive, interesting and sensibly priced stock, which is helpfully laid out over three floors and is all well chosen and presented. The staff are cheerful, helpful and knowledgeable, and the place has a very professional atmosphere. On top of that its open seven days a week, so what more could you want? One of the best shops I've visited for some time and well worth a detour.  Nicholas Pendower 12.04.14
Given up after many - too many - years. Ditsy café workers discussing personal problems; piles of books lying around waiting to trap the unwary; every cretin in Derbyshire roaming around at weekends ...  Andrew Bradley 21.06.14
I have tried very hard to like this shop but have now given up. They seem to buy in very little antiquarian stock, and the most interesting titles are beyond reach on a high shelf marked 'Internet Stock'. The implication is that you can't touch it. They also put obviously second-hand books on the 'new shelves' and try to charge you the publisher's original listed price at the till. But the thing that finally tipped-me over the edge was this: they have a beam circa 6 feet high that I have often banged my head on. On the beam is a sign saying 'If your head touches this you can claim £4 worth of free books'. I have never sought to take them up on the offer but decided I would on my last visit, if for no other reason than I had decided to buy an over-priced item and wanted the price somehow adjusted more fairly. But when I tried to obtain the discount (I am somewhere between 6ft 3 and 4) the woman at the till asked me where my children were. Why? I asked. "Because," she explained, "the offer applied to parents with children because the low beam is in the children's section". Utterly absurd! I have regularly scoured the children's section and believe the discount should apply to anyone trying to negotiate the low beam in that part of the shop. Needless to say, the sign does not restrict the discount to parents. When I explained that my child is disabled and would not be able to cope with either their messy shop or the steep steps, and tat I therefore bought books for him on my own, a very grudging and disbelieving discount was offered. I refused it and paid the full price. This wasn't quite prejudice against the disabled but it falls half way between. Anyway, I will never enter the shop again.  Mr Superbus 27.04.15
After reading the comments of Mr Superbus and Andrew Bradley it seems to me that Scarthin Books were extremely fortunate in raising £12,000 recently from their customers. If only they'd heeded the warnings of the prophets.  Mab 19.05.15
Just up (and away) from the tourist bustle of Matlock Bath is this gem. It is the very epitome of what a secondhand bookshop should be, a little Aladdin's cave with books in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Prices very reasonable, although new and secondhand shelves are intermingled throughout the shop.  Steven Kelly 10.08.17
This is a legend in the east midlands! 3 floors of well-sorted books open 7 days til late, with 50p books kept in outdoor porch with honesty-box for out-of-hours purchases; knowledgable staff; cultural events like philosophers' café and poetry readings. Some bizarre comments above by humourless visitors with no common sense; the new books are on separate shelves in joint sections but apparently this (to quote Peter Cook) could easily confuse a stupid person. One of the best shops in the Country.  glenk 10.07.18
Visited for the 1st time as a birthday treat on a sunny July weekday and it is easy to see why this is so highly regarded. First its location is fantastic with a large pound with ducks and swans and the river just opposite. Parking was available in the Greyhound car park down the hill or one can park for 30mins on the street outside. The shop benefits from having onsite toilet and cafe. All books are sorted and the 2nd hand are kept apart from the new. The new stock seemed to all be at RRP so not great but the 2nd hand titles is where this shop shines. I came away with 5 books and a discount and £2 worth of Scarthin book tokens which I then proceeded to spend immediately in the cafe. This shop is what all 2nd hand bookshops should aspire to.  Laurence Batchelor 03.08.18
Six years since my last report and the stock is still as interesting as ever. Many staff changes meant that the treasures in the attic were not available to be seen. The problem with going in late August were pretentious parents showing off their little knowledge of books to clearly bored children.  Chris Harte 03.09.19
Wonderful shop and great cafe. Lovely afternoon out.  Bibliopolis 11.11.19
A classic case of the demise of bookshop where a decade ago this shop had interesting well priced book shelves. Now those shelves are still full but with largely tired run of the mill uninteresting stock [due to their heavy internet operation so the public never see them].

I always used to find a pile of books, but no more. If you do stumble on a nice collectable item make sure a chair is at hand because the price may well not be a bargain. Their last review from me as I will not be going back
  High Peaker 16.08.21

Scriveners Books and Bookbinding/BUXTON/42 High Street
Scriveners Books and Bookbinding  Open at advertised times
42 High Street   BUXTON   SK17 6HB
tel: 01298 73100 
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Characterful shop and large stock but distinctly over-priced. Vintage hardback fiction often double the going rate.  Lost Club 16.11.09
Very friendly helpful staff. Many books in fine condition, even in shrink-wrap. Discount offered on modest multiple purchase.  Leo 27.07.11
Downstairs had the older books. They were not classified but arranged higgledy piggledy. It looked the kind of place where you might find a bargain but the books in my speciality all were hugely overpriced.  Egertonian 12.07.12
Lovely, rambling shop which always a treat to visit. Like others, I find books in my speciality somewhat overpriced - but came away with a bargain.  GB 19.11.12
Pricey. I ended up buying something I did not want through sheer exasperation. I heard the owner say to a couple who had brought some books in "We don't buy books anymore but I still collect certain things myself so might be interested in just one or two."  Mr Superbus 12.02.13
This has to be one of the biggest/best old fashioned layouts. Sadly the prices for my specialisations are beyond eye watering (double in many cases), but I always buy something decent here just to keep this wonderful shop going!  Norman Davies 01.05.13
Initial impressions are good as this shop has a lot of the characteristics that book-buyers like; lots of books, an old-fashioned atmosphere and helpful staff (perhaps a bit TOO enthusiastic), but, despite wanting to feel positive about the place, that is as far as one can go. The stock is tired, muddled and vastly overpriced, with quaint and irrelevant presentation. While Im sure that this shop has a place in the affections of some buyers, it really doesn't offer a very positive experience for the serious buyer, and I can't honestly see why anyone would want to purchase books here when they can be bought for half the price elsewhere.  Nicholas Pendower 12.07.14
An even sillier bookshop than Scarthin - self-conscious beyond belief. Where do they get their prices from? Make them up? Really, in this internet age, they're going to have to do better than this.  Andrew Bradley 12.07.14
I so want to wish Scriveners well - I've found some extraordinary items there. But there are also books on the shelves which were there when I first moved here six years ago. Have a sale!!! Make some space!  Charles Murray 26.07.14
Big, rambling, atmospheric shop which I've visited once a year for the past four years. Sadly, it appears to be going downhill: scarcely any new stock in that time, gaps now appearing on the shelves, and, worst of all, dampness affecting all the books in the basement (this is new since last year). A great pity if this decline continues, because Scrivener's has the potential to be a great bookshop.  Robin James 08.08.15
Such a disappointment. This could be a great bookshop again if they would just clear out the tat and halve the prices of the remaining stock.  Loyola 13.04.17
Packed with interesting stock across five floors. I have visited on numerous occasions over the past year and have never left empty handed!  Archive61 04.10.21

Sudbury Hall Book Room/ASHBOURNE/Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood (National Trust)
Sudbury Hall Book Room  Open at advertised times
Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood (National Trust)  Main Road  Sudbury   ASHBOURNE   DE6 5HT
tel: 01283 585337  web 
Open:  See website
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The bookshop is very small - a few hundred books, CDs and DVDs for sale only in a converted barn - and is located through the first right-hand door before you get to the visitor's desk and is signposted. Parking is about 500m away down and across the other side of the road. I visited on a Sunday and no purchases were made as I found zero military non-fiction and nothing in the children's section for the kids. The NT could do with improving the stock on this one from their central stores.  Laurence Batchelor 22.01.20

Tilleys Vintage Magazines/CHESTERFIELD/21 Derby Road
Tilleys Vintage Magazines  Appointment necessary
21 Derby Road   CHESTERFIELD   S40 2EF
tel: 01246 563868  e-mail  web 
Open:  Appointment necessary.
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Annuals, comics, magazines, memorabilia and newspapers.

If, like me, you are into magazines then this place is a mecca. Everything imaginable in neat, easy to search piles. However, what is held in the off-site storeroom is much, much better than even that in the shop.  Chris Harte 21.09.10