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Attingham Park Second Hand Bookshop/SHREWSBURY/Attingham Park (National Trust)
Attingham Park Second Hand Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Attingham Park (National Trust)  Atcham   SHREWSBURY   SY4 4TP
e-mail  web 
Open:  Daily - see website for seasonal opening times.
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Located in the historic stables, the Grooms' Rooms Bookshop at Attingham 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.

Barn Books/WHITCHURCH/Pear Tree Farm
Barn Books  Open at advertised times
Pear Tree Farm  Norbury   WHITCHURCH   SY13 4HZ
tel: 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.
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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.

Latest hours, as on sign in the window: Friday 2-4; Sat 10-12.30 & 2-4; Sun 2-4  TravellingLibrary 18.05.18

Books By Moonlight/CHURCH STRETTON/2 Burway Road
Books By Moonlight     Open at advertised times
2 Burway Road   CHURCH STRETTON  SY6 6DL
tel:  07903790005  e-mail   web   
Open: Monday 12.00 - 3.30, Tuesday - Friday 10.30 - 3.30, Saturday 10.30 - 3.00
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A new small friendly bespoke secondhand bookshop with a broad range of subjects. Mind body & spirit, psychology, history, large fiction section, classics, literature, poetry, vintage books, natural world, transport, local interest, biographies, photography, craft, hobbies, children's, travel, TV & film, politics, economics and art.

A tiny bookshop but chock full, for its size It is doing a great job.  BAZZA 28.03.23
A tiny bookshop, full to overflowing, it can be difficult to turn round. Emphasis on paperback fiction, prices seem towards the higher end of the expected range but presumably it works in a town with lots of visitors   HB 25.02.24
Also sells on Abebooks. A sign near the till tells you to ask about those books as they are presumably not on the shelves.  Stive 07.03.24

Charity Bookshop/CRAVENARMS/Unit 2Drovers HouseThe Auction Yard
The Charity Bookshop   Open at advertised times
Unit 2  Drovers House  The Auction Yard    CRAVEN ARMS  SY7 9BZ
tel:  01588 673902 
Open: Tuesday - Friday 9.30 - 4.00, Saturday 9.30 - 1.00
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A good honest charity bookshop, books are turned over every two months all in good condition and cheap. Add some friendly, helpful staff, what more do you want.   Bazza 07.10.21
Thanks to Bazza's comments we realised that this shop has now re-opened after about 18 months. Visited yesterday and bought half a dozen or so. Strongest in paperback fiction but repays a good look round as we found a couple of gems.   David 15.10.21
Excellent, well-laid out small charity bookshop, with very reasonable prices and usually some interesting items  PaulH 03.11.22
Nice and neat shop with very friendly and engaging staff. What doesn't sell, at least for fiction, will be shipped off to World of Books so expect a swift turnover of stock, especially as everything is priced to sell. Large book collections will also be farmed off to local dealers, I was told. I therefore did not expect to find too much but a first edition of The Twits in the 10p bargain bin certainly made my day. Beware of price stickers but they probably won't have been on long enough to pose too much of a problem.   Stive 07.03.24

Ironbridge Book Shop/IRONBRIDGE/5 The Square
The Ironbridge Book Shop  Open at advertised times
5 The Square   IRONBRIDGE   TF8 7AQ
tel: 01952 432273  e-mail 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
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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

Strong on popular paperback fiction. Also a good selection of original Penguins. Condition average and above. Prices seemed fair. Our main bugbear here was the way in which books had been shelved horizontally.  David 09.10.21
Very small bookshop but full of character. Most of the downstairs is taken up with modern fiction, mostly paperbacks. The back wall is devoted to classics and about a dozen folios. A tiny section upstairs is dedicated to children’s and an impressive range of orange and green penguins. Prices seemed a little on the high side but maybe they’re capitalising on the tourists visiting the great bridge of iron. My main bugbear was the tendency to display books face on in front of more conventionally stacked books. You have to pull away books to reveal what’s behind. Certainly worth a visit if you’re a penguin aficionado though.   Jon R 28.10.23

Much More Books Ltd  /MUCH WENLOCK/6 High Street  
Much More Books Ltd    Open at advertised times
6 High Street    MUCH WENLOCK  TF13 6AA
tel:  01952 727992  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00, Bank Holiday Mondays 11.00 - 4.00
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A friendly and fun family business trading since 2003. With over 40000 great secondhand books in stock alongside 5000 quality CDs and 2000 vinyls and 1000 DVDs, 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! Mail order also available and we ship worldwide!

Nicely 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
I agree with the very first comment from 2009. Some of the books here are way overpriced and the staff will not budge on price. I won’t bother returning in a hurry  Archive61 01.10.21
Shelves are well organised and tidy. Some optimistic pricing but a good look round unearthed a few worth buying. Possibly they had been priced some time previously.  David 01.12.21
A good sized shop, in an attractive town. Plenty of stock, prices are variable. There is a huge CD section.  Bazza 28.03.23

Oxfam Bookshop/LUDLOW/45 The Bullring
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
45 The Bullring   LUDLOW   SY8 1AB
tel: 01584 876951  web 
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Thin 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 what 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

Oxfam Bookshop/SHREWSBURY/10 Dogpole
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
10 Dogpole   SHREWSBURY   SY1 1EN
tel: 01743 363380  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.30.
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For 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
An above average and very well stocked Oxfam. The standard ANTIQUARIAN AND COLLECTABLE section is here replaced by OLD AND UNUSUAL. Well,the books are certainly old...   Laurence Purcell 24.08.22
If only all Oxfam bookshops were as good as this one. Sensible pricing, bright and welcoming staff. Picked up two bargains, one from the old and aged section Highly recommend a visit.  Bazza 30.03.23

Peter J. Hadley Bookseller ABA ILAB/LUDLOW/132 Corve Street
Peter J. Hadley Bookseller ABA ILAB   Phone before travelling
132 Corve Street    LUDLOW  SY8 2PG
tel:  01568 368937  e-mail
Open:  Friday (& Saturday?) 10.00 - 4.00 but ring first
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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.

Welcome 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.  BookBuyer 13.01.17
Currently open on a friday 10-4. How do you expect to sell books?  Barry Hillier 04.10.21
I must be a glutton for punishment. Returned to this small bookshop, just out of the main town on a Saturday, full of interesting items seen through the window but yes it was shut again. I despair, maybe third time lucky.  Bazza 28.03.23

Raven Bookshop/SHREWSBURY/Second Floor GalleryThe Market Hall
The Raven Bookshop    Phone before travelling
Second Floor Gallery  The Market Hall    SHREWSBURY  SY1 1HX
tel:  07939 665583  e-mail
Open:  Tuesday & Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9.30 - 4.00, Thursday 11.00 - 3.00
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A 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
A great bookshop with very reasonable prices. Each time I visit I buy a pile of books !  Archive61 01.10.21
Rather heavy on paperbacks. Check times before you go as a chalked notice outside (rather like a restaurant) implied that these may vary.  Laurence Purcell 24.08.22

Second Chapter Books/SHREWSBURY/17 St. Mary_s ParadeSt Mary_s Place
Second Chapter Books   Open at advertised times
17 St. Mary's Parade  St Mary's Place    SHREWSBURY  SY1 1DL
tel:  01743 235151  e-mail
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00.
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Small secondhand bookshop with a wide range of stock, good selection of History, science fiction and local books. Located in St Mary's Parade.

Situated 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
Still in the same building, but has recently expanded to a much bigger unit and is more than double the size it was previously.. Some interesting stock  Archive61 01.10.21
Well stocked with a speciality in sci-fi, strong on history too. Too many paperbacks in the fiction sections for my liking but not everyone minds that.  Laurence Purcell 24.08.22

Welsh Bridge Books _ Collectables/SHREWSBURY/127 Frankwell
Welsh Bridge Books & Collectables  Open at advertised times
127 Frankwell   SHREWSBURY   SY3 8JU
tel: 01743 359995  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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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.

Lovely atmosphere and a great selection of not only books, but all manner of interesting things. A real gem.  Bibliopolis 11.11.19
A fantastic shop, spread over three floors. A great turnover of stock and well priced.  Archive61 01.10.21
An interesting shop in a beautiful old building. All manner of items for sale. Books well priced. Definitely WAD.   David 15.10.21
A veritable Aladdin's cave, well worth seeking out in a rather louche area just over the Welsh Bridge and therefore out of the immediate centre. Strong on local and regional books, transport, children's books and Folios. Admittedly, the fiction stock looks a bit jaded and (to keep you on your toes) is not arranged alphabetically by author.   Laurence Purcell 13.05.23
What a gem of a place, sometimes a bit of a dig to find what you are after, but seek and ye shall find. Recommended to visit, but beware the local parking may not be easy.  Anthony 02.10.23
A unique and interesting shop. We always find something to buy here. Also sells old toys, games and various other items. Well worth the visit. Frankwell car park is close by and there are a limited number of free 1 hour parking spots round the corner.  David 09.11.23

Yarborough House/BISHOP_S CASTLE/The Square
Yarborough House  Open at advertised times
The Square   BISHOP'S CASTLE   SY9 5BN
tel: 01588 638318 
Open:  Tuesday & Thursday - Sunday 10.00 - 5.30.
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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.

Well-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