Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

The Book Barge is now based in Burgundy
New bookshop the Gallery Bookshop
Book in Newcastle-under-Lyme has closed

Home separatorBookshops separatorCentral separatorStaffordshire facebook instagram twitter
Open at advertised times   Open at advertised times
Phone before travelling   Phone before travelling
Appointment necessary   Appointment necessary
Status unknown, update requested Status unknown, update requested

We do our best to make sure these details are correct and up-to-date. However we recommend that you contact bookshops before making a special journey.

Older (pre-2018) comments are hidden. Click on the link below to show them.
Hide comments   Show older comments   

Abacas Books _ Cards/STOKE-ON-TRENT/56 - 60 Millrise RoadMilton
Abacas Books & Cards   Open at advertised times
56 - 60 Millrise Road  Milton    STOKE-ON-TRENT  ST2 7BW
tel:  01782 543005  e-mail
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.00 - 4.00, Saturday 9.00 - 1.00
Add a comment

Medium size stock on most subjects, from paperbacks to antiquarian books. We also stock new local history books & greetings cards. Established 1980.

Paperbacks £2, hardbacks £4. Clean, well ordered but small. Worth visiting several times a year. David and Margaret are very helpful and friendly.  Rosie Gamgee 10.11.12
A fabulous bookshop and cardshop run by delightful people, David and Margaret. The second hand books are all clean, well cared for and categorised. The shop is spotlessly clean and a pleasure to spend time in. I have known this shop for years and years and it's such a pleasure to meet proprietors who make you so welcome and are themselves so keen on books and reading. Go there and enjoy.  Neville Seabridge 10.05.14
Abacas Books now closes on a Monday but is otherwise open Tuesday to Saturday. Books are still priced as above. The Art section is worth consideration as is the section on World Wars. Good free parking at park opposite.  Rosie Gamgee 18.01.20
Per the owner, the shop gets about a 100 books a week in, so don't expect a huge turnover of stock. What is in is priced to sell (mostly under £5) with quantity discounts automatically applied on top. Perhaps a little better on non-fiction.

The layout is tidy as well. Light filters seem to have been applied to the side window panes so the shop might appear dark and shut from the outside. Came away with a boxful but YMMV as ever.
  Stive 30.10.21

Andie_s Book Shop/STOKE-ON-TRENT/Longton Market
Andie's Book Shop  Open at advertised times
Longton Market  Transport Lane   STOKE-ON-TRENT   ST3 1BZ
tel: 07531 464604  web 
Open:  Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
Add a comment

Market stall selling mostly paperbacks.

Bethel Books  /STOKE-ON-TRENT/New Hall Street  Hanley  
Bethel Books    Open at advertised times
New Hall Street  Hanley    STOKE-ON-TRENT  ST1 5HQ
e-mail   web
Open: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9.30 - 4.30
Add a comment

Small stock of secondhand and new theology and other Christian books. We also stock a variety of greetings cards. Bethel Bookshop is part of and run by Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Stoke on Trent. It is not run for profit, and is staffed by volunteers. Most Fridays the pastor, who is rather knowledgable about books, is in the shop.

Fair Reader/LICHFIELD/186 Walsall Road
Fair Reader  Open at advertised times
186 Walsall Road   LICHFIELD   WS13 8AH
tel: 01543 255103 
Add a comment

G. _ J. Chesters/TAMWORTH/Unit 4, Pooley Hall Farm Buildings
G. & J. Chesters  Appointment necessary
Unit 4, Pooley Hall Farm Buildings  Pooley Lane  Polesworth   TAMWORTH   B78 1JA
tel: 01827 894743  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30.
Add a comment

Large stock of antiquarian, scholarly and enthusiasts' books.Visitors by appointment. We now work from a warehouse so do NOT keep regular opening times.

Gallery Bookshop/LEEK/17 Broad St
Gallery Bookshop  Open at advertised times
17 Broad St  LEEK  ST13 5NR
tel:  01538 372961 and 01538 384337  e-mail   web
Open: Wednesday and Friday 10.00 - 5.00, Saturday 9.00 - 5.00
Add a comment

A secondhand bookshop in the cellar of the Gallery picture-framers, which belongs to a new bookshop elsewhere in Leek.

We visited this tiny hidden-away shop on a Saturday in August and made some delightful finds. Strong on local history and also history in general, military history and English literature. Just tell staff in the framery you want to see the secondhand books. There was nobody downstairs on the day we went but they accept your payments upstairs. (Saturday is also the town's Market Day where we also found a book stall run by a Stockport secondhand dealer, Ian. He had just bought a large railways collection which was on display. We will visit him soon and report back.  S+S 27.09.21

Michael Morris Antique Maps, Books and Prints/BURTON UPON TRENT/Weavers Green
Michael Morris Antique Maps, Books and Prints  Appointment necessary
Weavers Green  Needwood   BURTON UPON TRENT   DE13 9PQ
tel: 01283 575344  e-mail  web 
Open:  By appointment.
Add a comment

Varied stock but specialising in maps, plans, charts, atlases, prints, engravings, manuscripts and ephemera. Prices from very little to quite a lot. If you can give me an idea of your interests I may have something for you. I've been established - supplying libraries, museums, record offices, the trade and collectors - since 1993. I also buy and swap.

New Chapters Bookshop (RSPCA)/STOKE-ON-TRENT/6 Fountain Square
New Chapters Bookshop (RSPCA)  Open at advertised times
6 Fountain Square  Hanley   STOKE-ON-TRENT   ST1 1LG
tel: 01782 207779  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 4.30.
Add a comment

Charity bookshop full of quality books and vinyl records at amazing prices.

A charity bookshop that’s worth visiting if you’re in the area. Not a huge selection, but you might find the odd interesting title in amongst the usual charity shop stock.  Martin R 28.07.21

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum/LICHFIELD/Breadmarket Street
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum  Open at advertised times
Breadmarket Street   LICHFIELD   WS13 6LG
tel: 01543 264972  e-mail  web 
Open:  Daily 10.30 - 4.30 1 March - 31 October, 11.00 - 3.30 1 November - 28 February.
Add a comment

Although our bookshop contains some new titles (mainly pertaining to Johnson and Lichfield), we mainly stock a large range of secondhand books. Our titles span across a range of different genres, including fiction, biographies and historical novels.

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

St Giles Hospice Bookshop /BURTON UPON TRENT/192 Station Street  
St Giles Hospice Bookshop   Open at advertised times
192 Station Street    BURTON UPON TRENT  DE14 1BH
tel:  01283 516218 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.30
Add a comment

Parking for donation of books at the rear of the shop.

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

St Giles Hospice Bookshop /LICHFIELD/22 Market Street  
St Giles Hospice Bookshop   Open at advertised times
22 Market Street    LICHFIELD  WS13 6LH
tel:  01543 254664  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.00.
Add a comment

Stocking a wide range of titles, including blockbuster fiction, travel and leisure companions, histories, reference guides, children's books, and antiquarian volumes. New stock added every day.

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