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Arboretum Bookshop/LINCOLN/123 Monks Road
The Arboretum Bookshop  Phone before travelling
123 Monks Road   LINCOLN   LN2 5HT
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tel: 01522 520901 
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General secondhand books, CD's, DVD's.

A rather haphazard secondhand book shop with some bric-a-brac throw in. It's worth a visit because there's a lot of books to look through, with some gems tucked away behind the paperback fiction. Be prepared for a rummage!  Bridget the Browser 
'Cluttered but wide variety of books, very reasonably priced, friendly owner. Well worth the short walk from main town centre and the park opposite has toilets and a cafe which makes great coffee.'  The Wanderer 30.07.09

Belton House Secondhand Bookshop/GRANTHAM/Belton House (National Trust)
Belton House Secondhand Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Belton House (National Trust)  Belton   GRANTHAM   NG32 2LW
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tel: 01476 566116  e-mail  web 
Open:   7 days all year, March - October 9.30 - 5.30. November - February 9.30 - 4.00.
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Only accessible to paying visitors or NT members. Boasting a huge range of good quality books all very reasonably priced, all proceeds from the bookshop go towards caring for Belton House. Belton’s secondhand bookshop is run by volunteers, who organise all the donations received from supporters. Make a day of it, Belton House contains one of the Trust's most significant libraries.

On my way to Hull to see a sick Uncle, I spotted a sign to this place and having seen it on TBG I took the exit and the short detour. What a place. A stunning house and grounds with the bookshop located in the courtyard in a venue and with stock that would put many a regular S/H bookshop and many charity shops to shame. When you add the excellent modern fiction and crime section to the ambiance and the friendly, welcoming, intelligent and literate staff and factor in the insanely low prices, (Oxfam take note!) this was well worth the short detour from the A1.NB the shop is open even when the House is closed to visitors.  Jon Morgan 23.10.17
Beware - no access is allowed to the bookshop without paying for entrance to the grounds - minimum £12 if you are not an NT member.  Rob Metcalfe 14.06.18
Really pleased to see that some of our NT secondhand bookshops have been reviewed in the Book Guide. I am the secondhand bookshops research and development volunteer, and part of my remit is to both increase the number of shops across the NT and also increase the number of visitors who use our shops. I am impressed with your publication.  Philip Louis Winterbottom 04.06.19
I'm always happy to list bookrooms and shops at NT properties provided that they are visitable without having to pay for an entry fee.  tbg 04.06.19

Book Stalls/LINCOLN/35-40 Central Market
Book Stalls  Open at advertised times
35-40 Central Market  Sincil Street   LINCOLN   LN5 7ET
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tel: 01522 873403  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 4.00.
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Three books stalls, Full Circle Books (paperback fiction), Shane Chapman Books(non-fiction, first editions, bindings and antiquarian) & Unicorn Tree Books (new and secondhand books on a variety of subjects, particularly Christian). See market website above for more details

Full Circle Books - Mainly for readers, particularly those who enjoy Mills & Boone. However I did spot a few interesting vintage paperbacks in the Science Fiction and Westerns sections. Shane Chapman Books - Seemed more of a Book Fairy than a traditional market stall holder. Keen on Folio Society and also Military. Above average calibre and condition, prices to match. Unicorn Tree Books - Lots of books across many categories. Keen on Christianity, of which there were some interesting s/h books on display along with many new ones. I kept thinking I had found a bargain before realizing that it was a new book and still full price.  Steven Whitehead 09.09.17

Chiefly Crime Bookstore/LOUTH/64 Legbourne Road
Chiefly Crime Bookstore  Open at advertised times
64 Legbourne Road   LOUTH   LN11 8ER
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tel: 01507 607651 
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Final Chapter Books/WOODHALL SPA/Unit 4
Final Chapter Books  Open at advertised times
Unit 4  The Broadway Centre   WOODHALL SPA   LN10 6ST
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tel: 01526 354501  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday & Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday 11.30 - 3.30.
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Good selection of secondhand (and occasionally new) books. Specialising in Aviation books and gifts.

Pretty low key with an uninspiring stock.  Nicholas Pendower 26.07.14

Garage at Good for Books /HORNCASTLE/23 North Street
The Garage at Good for Books   Open at advertised times
23 North Street   HORNCASTLE  LN9 5DX
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tel:  01507 524415   e-mail   
Open: Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 4.00
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About 3000 books, all 50p each or three for £1. Self-service, cash sales only. Pay through slot at the back of The Garage.


Good for Books      /HORNCASTLE/23 North Street  
Good for Books        Open at advertised times
23 North Street    HORNCASTLE  LN9 5DX
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tel:  01507 524415   e-mail   
Saturday 10.00 - 4.00, other days by appointment
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Good for Books offers an eclectic mix of around 5000 reasonably priced, interesting second-hand books. Sadly, we are not offering Tea, Coffee and homemade Cake to complement browsing for the time being. See also entry for The Garage.

Three sections: 1.Variously priced 2. all £2 and 3. Any 3 books for £1! The 3 for a pound books aren't all rubbish, good stuff can be found and this section has recently extended. The owner is very obliging and always keen to help.  The Jumping Frog 02.09.10
This is an excellent, well organised bookshop with a realistic attitude to selling. The friendly staff are very helpful and I always come away with something worthwhile (usually in several bags). The stock is interesting and there is a good turn over, so repeated visits usually turn up new treasures.  Nicholas Pendower 16.08.11
Re-opened in 2017.  tbg 11.04.17

Gunby_s second-hand bookshop/SPILSBY/Gunby Hall (NT membership or paid admission needed)
Gunby's second-hand bookshop  Open at advertised times
Gunby Hall (NT membership or paid admission needed)  SPILSBY  PE23 5SS
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tel:  01754 890102  e-mail   web
Open: Mid-February - end October, Saturday - Wednesday 11.00 - 2.00
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Quirky second-hand bookshop in the former 'Joiners' Workshop' on Gunby's courtyard. The shop contains a good selection of popular and obscure books. All proceeds from the bookshop go towards caring for Gunby. Payment in cash via an honesty box in the bookshop or by card in the tea-room on the courtyard. Only accessible to paying visitors or National Trust members.


Holbeach Bookshop/SPALDING/3 Park Road
The Holbeach Bookshop  Open at advertised times
3 Park Road  Holbeach   SPALDING   PE12 7EE
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tel: 07565 980913  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday & Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
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Approximately 3,000 books with a good range of topics especially fiction, first editions, history, biography, military, transport, natural history, children's and much more! We are a community bookshop run solely by volunteers offering quality books at reasonable prices.

This recently-started charity bookshop (2018) is great. Excellent range of titles, good condition and sensible prices, and friendly. Well worth a visit and easy parking further down the road. Bodes well for the future!  Shaun Tyas 06.12.18

Jabberwock Books/HORNCASTLE/14-16 St. Lawrence Street
Jabberwock Books  Open at advertised times
14-16 St. Lawrence Street   HORNCASTLE   LN9 5BJ
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tel: 01507 522112  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
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Stock covers most areas, with substantial sections of literature, poetry, art, travel and history. Books range from the rare and antiquarian to the newly-published (the latter usually for sale in fine condition at half their new price or less). Established 20 years and expanded in 2006. Occupies two adjoining buildings, steeped in Horncastle's past. (History shelves backed by Roman Wall).

A large bookshop. Much of the stock is nearly new, not particularly good on fiction, certainly not vintage fiction, not a bad entertainment section. Compared to the other Horncastle shops, slightly pricey.  The Jumping Frog 02.09.10

Jews Court Bookshop/LINCOLN/Jews Court
Jews Court Bookshop  Phone before travelling
Jews Court  Steep Hill   LINCOLN   LN2 1LS
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tel: 01522 532280 
Open:  Daily 10.00 - 4.00.
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A small well-organised stock emphasising local history and also stocks new books on local history (and new books in the Shire series).  Bridget the Browser 
Small but very nicely set out, priced very reasonable.  The Wanderer 30.07.09
Shop comprises two distinct rooms. To the right is the bigger room, selling mainly new books on local history and folklore. To the left is a smaller room containing a range of secondhand general stock.  Simon T 11.08.11
Be aware that opening hours appear flexible - a decision to visit this shop after the nearby 'Collection' resulted in meeting a 'Closed' sign at 14:40 in spite of the sign advertising 10:00-16:00 daily.  Nick 22.10.15
Well organised and laid out. No dusty corners here. Well worth half an hour of anyone's time.  Ian 13.07.17

Lindum Books /LINCOLN/4 Bailgate  
Lindum Books   Phone before travelling
4 Bailgate    LINCOLN  LN1 3AE
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tel:  01522 262374  e-mail
Open:  Currently variable - ring first
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Our first floor is dedicated to secondhand books, with 2 rooms of books in all genres.


Louth and District Hospice Bookshop/LOUTH/53 Ashwell Street
Louth and District Hospice Bookshop  Open at advertised times
53 Ashwell Street   LOUTH   LN11 9HW
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tel: 01507 601119  e-mail  web 
Open:  Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 3.30.
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We stock thousands of secondhand books. Dependent on donations but we have large stocks of crime, history, cookery, gardening. We also offer a Book Club in conjunction with a local café and a book search service


Oxfam Books _ Music/LINCOLN/5 Cornhill
Oxfam Books & Music  Open at advertised times
5 Cornhill   LINCOLN   LN5 7HE
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tel: 01522 510 858  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Thursday 9.00 - 5.00, Friday & Saturday 9.00 - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
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A huge selection of books from all genres, plus audiobooks, CDs, vinyl, sheet music.

I almost did not go in as the shop front is tiny - looking like an old tobacconist's kiosk. Also it had a table outside covered with what can only be described as rejects from Hay on Wye. However I did go in and was glad I had as the shop seems bigger on the inside; it certainly goes back a long way. Chap on the till was e.t.g.o.w. and was keen to promote the shop as a bookshop and was talking of starting a book club. More books than music and a good children's section. Not WAD but certainly worth a visit if you are already in Lincoln.  Steven Whitehead 09.09.17

Pegasus Children_s Books/LINCOLN/3 Central Market
Pegasus Children's Books  Open at advertised times
3 Central Market  Sincil Street   LINCOLN   LN5 7ET
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tel: 07739 249228  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 4.00.
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For all Children's Books - New and Old (secondhand but not chewed by the child!) reading, colouring, activity and educational. Also children's puzzles, games, jigsaws, stationary and other fun things. We also stock a range of adult puzzle magazines, jigsaws and games. Pegasus Children's Books - where children's imaginations are given wings and take flight! Discounts available for schools and clubs.

Now joined with Browse Awhile. Overpriced and every book comes with a sticker on the back cover obscuring the bottom third of the cover and which, according to the owner when asked, "is not designed to be removed". No way to get it off without damaging the book severely.  The Wanderer 30.07.09

Rabbit Hole Independent Bookshop/BRIGG/21 Market Place
The Rabbit Hole Independent Bookshop  Open at advertised times
21 Market Place   BRIGG   DN20 8LD
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tel: 01652 408534  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5,00.
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Secondhand stock includes railways, history, religion, education, poetry, fiction, local history, children's, maps, newspapers, natural history, engineering, politics, geology and some rare collectables amongst other subject areas. A new bookshop in Brigg North Lincolnshire. We stock new books downstairs and second hand books and vinyl upstairs.

A very pleasant shop with friendly staff. Easy parking, free on Saturday. A good Oxfam bookshop in the town as well. All good reasons for a detour!  Shaun Tyas 04.06.19

Rebecca Redmond/BILLINGBOROUGH/25 High Street
Rebecca Redmond  Open at advertised times
25 High Street   BILLINGBOROUGH   NG34 0QB
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tel: 01529 240215 
Open:  Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00 - 5.00 from St Patrick's Day to Halloween. First weekend in December 10.00 - 3.00.
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A large amount of general stock, all subjects, all secondhand, all reasonably priced. Tens of thousands of books, new additions every weekend.

Rebecca continues the business founded in the 1980s by her late husband Alan Redmond. So, long established and a great bookshop which I visit nearly every weekend myself  Shaun Tyas 12.04.11
I'm so pleased to see that Rebecca Redmond continues to run this delightful business. I loved visiting it when I lived in Lincs. and so enjoyed my conversations with Alan.  Robert Tucker 18.11.11
This is a treasure trove that is well worth the detour. The owner is always very helpful and her prices are both extremely reasonable and very consistent.. The stock is large and interesting, with a good turn-over and we always come away with a box load. Don't miss it!  Nicholas Pendower 08.09.12
This bookshop is totally unique and blows my socks off! Very reasonable prices and I've come across some real treasures. Be prepared to spend a very long time there.  Minnow 30.11.13
Books big and small on SO many subjects at prices to suit pocket-money, purses and wallets! Definitely worth visiting if you like books and bargains. It will be hours well spent.  Greenlady13 07.09.17
Excellent selection of reasonably priced books, and a helpful owner. Remarkable number of guides to historic buildings.  TR 15.09.17
This unique book-lovers experience is still there for a great browse. Not to be missed when in Lincolnshire and worth the effort.  Greenlady13 31.05.18
Here is Narnia, here be Dragons, Tom's Midnight Garden and Proust. Here time stands still until you visit again and find more treasures. I urge every bookworm to float this Stream of Consciousness. Thanx, Rebecca.  Terry 19.10.19

Robert Humm _ Co/STAMFORD/59 Scotgate
Robert Humm & Co  Open at advertised times
59 Scotgate   STAMFORD   PE9 2YQ
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tel: 01780 766266  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 1.00 & 2.15 - 5.00. Closed on Wednesdays.
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We specialise in rare and out-of-print books about railways, other transport and industrial history. We also stock a wide selection of new books on railways. Our shop has recently moved to new premises at 59 Scotgate.

Excellent transport stock, shame about the prices (around 20% too much).  Paul Simpson 28.07.09
Lovely clean, tidy and well presented premises at Stamford Station. The amount of natural light gives a warmth to browsing the quite superb selection of railway and transport stock. Shelves full to the brim without it being difficult to read titles. Prices at the top end but that is what you pay for quality.  Chris Harte 20.04.10
Broad range of new and secondhand books, notably railways, with prices at the higher end of the scale, but always worth a visit.  Steve Brissel 22.10.12
Agree with the other reviewers that this shop is very bright, clean and well maintained in their new premises. There is some general bargain books in between the 2 entrance doors and I'm glad I didn't heed the advice of St. Mary's and St. Paul's bookshops who both stated this shop was railways only. He, in fact, has a large collection of aviation, maritime, naval and waterways stock at the back of the shop near to the stairs. Unfortunately for me that was where the good news ended as the pricing was sky high so no purchases made. Perhaps he should update his website to better reflect all the categories of books he stocks?  Laurence Batchelor 23.10.18

St Mary_s Books and Prints/STAMFORD/9 St Marys Hill
St Mary's Books and Prints  Open at advertised times
9 St Marys Hill  STAMFORD  PE9 2DP
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tel:  01780 763858  e-mail   web
Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30
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At present we hold a stock of approximately 50,000 volumes to which we are continually adding new items. Our fields of interest are very wide and quality books on any subject are never refused.


Steven Simpson/MARKET RASEN/Market Place
Steven Simpson  Appointment necessary
Market Place   MARKET RASEN   LN8 6BG
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tel: 07783 857 245  e-mail  web 
Open:  By prior appointment 10.00 - 4.00.
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Antiquarian bookseller and publishers' distributor. Books bought, houses cleared. Est.1986.


Storyteller/LINCOLN/24 The Forum Shopping Centre
The Storyteller  Open at advertised times
24 The Forum Shopping Centre  North Hykeham   LINCOLN   LN6 8HW
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tel: 01522 500960  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 4.30.
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A large collection of second hand books - paperback, hardback - fiction - non-fiction - children's plus CDs, DVDs, videos and electrical items. Greetings cards and gift items are available too. The Storyteller is a bookshop run by St Barnabas Hospice. All proceeds go towards the care of the people of Lincolnshire with a life limiting illness.

I love this shop. If I go looking for a certain book and it's not there, 90% of the time its there the following week. Fantastic friendly staff too.  Vic 12.04.11
This is a shop that has a reasonable local trade, with an extensive stock of paperbacks, but I would suggest that the serious collector would find little of any interest here.  Nicholas Pendower 26.07.14
I understand that the Storyteller at the Forum is to be relocated to the upstairs of the St Barnabas charity shop, this will make it out of bounds to a lot of its customers IE The elderly, the young,disabled as those stairs are very narrow and steep.  Bob 17.10.14

Sue Ryder Books and Music/SPALDING/1a Priory Road
Sue Ryder Books and Music  Open at advertised times
1a Priory Road   SPALDING   PE11 2XA
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tel: 01775 710270 
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Sue Ryder appear to be the latest chain of Charity Shops moving into 'specialist' areas. I assume this one is fairly new as I could find no reference to it as a book & music shop on their website. Afraid I forgot to get opening times, I had not realised it was not in the guide.

This particular shop has a good general range of books at reasonable prices too. Oxfam please take note!
  Steve Newman 16.08.11
This charity shop knocks spots off some so-called real bookshops Ive visited. The interesting, good quality stock, which extends to antiquarian volumes, is very well presented, and prices are extremely fair (while there are certainly bargains to be had, the higher end material is marked at reasonable bookshop prices; BUT be reassured - they dont ask the exorbitant rates seen in most Oxfam shops). There is also an excellent music section, including vinyl, CDs and sheet music. The members of staff are always helpful and welcoming and this shop is well worth the detour and should not disappoint the collector or those who just enjoy a good browse.  Nicholas Pendower 22.10.12
Whilst continuing to display a good range of well presented books, prices for much of the stock have rocketed in recent times. The prices asked Indeed one could say that they rival even the most expensive Oxfam's! I looked at a couple of books I would have bought, but not at the inflated prices asked. Still a few reasonable priced items, but by no means the norm now.  Steve Newman 19.08.17
Well worth a visit to Spalding just to go to this excellent establishment. I do not think prices are high and have not noticed any recent great increases as mentioned in another comment. And the bargain box - unmissable.  Chris du Feu 28.11.19

Tattershall Castle Secondhand Bookshop/TATTERSHALL/Tattershall Castle (National Trust)
Tattershall Castle Secondhand Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Tattershall Castle (National Trust)  Sleaford Road   TATTERSHALL   LN4 4LR
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tel: 01526 342543  e-mail 
Open:  See website seasonal for opening times.
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In the beautiful setting of the historic Guardhouse, the Secondhand Bookshop contains a great range of good quality books, very reasonably priced. The bookshop is completely run and organised by Castle volunteers, who generously donate their time. As a charity all proceeds go back into the Castle and help us look after our special place, for ever, for everyone.


Village Books/GRANTHAM/61 Westgate
Village Books  Open at advertised times
61 Westgate   GRANTHAM   NG31 6JZ
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tel: 01476 569432 
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Now just stocks remainders.  Bridget the Browser 

Westgate Antiques/LINCOLN/20 Westgate
Westgate Antiques  Open at advertised times
20 Westgate   LINCOLN   LN1 3BD
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Open:  See below.
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A large room of secondhand books, piled high with a general stock that has something for everyone,including children's annuals, Observers, military books and fiction. Another place for a browse but the knowledgeable owners ( a retired couple) will welcome you and help you where they can. Usually open 11am -3.30pm, but hours can be erratic.  Bridget the Browser 

Westgate Bookshop/SLEAFORD/45 Westgate
Westgate Bookshop  Open at advertised times
45 Westgate   SLEAFORD   NG34 7PU
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tel: 01529 304276 
Open:  Monday - Wednesday & Friday 10.00 - 4.30, Saturday 10.00 - 4.00. !! Closed until Feb 2019.
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It doesn't look much from the front but speak nicely to the knowledgeable but quirky owner and he'll let you view the semi-organised stock in the "garage" at the back. An Aladdin's Cave for browsers and all at low prices.  Bridget the Browser 
This is not a sophisticated shop, but if you're looking for an interesting selection at realist and sensible prices then it is always worth a visit. The back room is full of books at £1 and there are some bargains to be had. A really friendly owner who will go out of his way to be helpful. Always worth a visit if you're in the area.  Nicholas Pendower 26.07.14
I can echo the above comments, having spent the best part of an hour in the shop, and come away with 'ten books for a tenner' all in good condition. The haphazard arrangement of stock counts in its favour, as you encounter categories you wouldn't always look for. Great fun!  Michael Pearson 03.12.14
Visited on 19 Dec, unfortunately, sign in window says shop has closed early for Christmas, in Oct, reopening in late Feb!  Stuart T 24.12.18

Woolsthorpe Manor Bookshop/WOOLSTHOROPE-BY-COLSTERWORTH/National Trust
Woolsthorpe Manor Bookshop  Open at advertised times
National Trust  Water Lane   WOOLSTHOROPE-BY-COLSTERWORTH   NG33 5NR
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tel: 01476 860338  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days, March - October 11.00 - 3.00, November - February 11.00 - 5.00.
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A varied selection of good, quality used books, all very reasonably priced. All proceeds from the secondhand bookshop go towards caring for Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton.