Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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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
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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.
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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
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Open: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9.30 - 4.30
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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.

Biddulph Grange Garden NT/BIDDULPH /Grange Road
Biddulph Grange Garden NT   Phone before travelling
Grange Road  BIDDULPH   ST8 7SD
tel:  01782 517999  e-mail   web
Open: usually Monday - Sunday 11.00 - 4.30 but check website
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Large NT second hand bookshop. Good stocks of fiction, non-fiction and children's books. Some rarer and collectible books also usually in stock. NT membership or ticket probably needed to visit the bookshop.

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.
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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
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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.
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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.

Moseley Old Hall(NT)/WOLVERHAMPTON/Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses
Moseley Old Hall (NT)  Open at advertised times
Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses  WOLVERHAMPTON  WV10 7HY
tel:  01902782808  e-mail   web
Open: Irregular days 10.30 - 3.30
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This bookshop takes up most of the barn which serves as the entry to Moseley Old Hall so you should only need to pay an entrance fee if you go through the barn into the main house. Few folios, several vintage, couple of boxes of classic penguins, strong on history as you’d expect, and the remaining 50% of the stock is popular fiction, mostly paperback. Not worth a visit purely for the books, but combine it with a walk round the excellent property and tread in the footsteps of the fleeing Charles II and it’s a nice way to spend an afternoon.

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.
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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

Oxfam Books _ Music/LICHFIELD/32 Market Street
Oxfam Books & Music  Open at advertised times
32 Market Street  LICHFIELD  WS13 6LH
tel:  01543 415638   e-mail   web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Sunday 10.00 - 4.00
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The first third on the right hand side is taken up with the usual modern paperbacks. Beyond that are shelves of older books and classic literature. Also a kids section and a whole section devoted to sci-fi. Couple of Folios lurking on the shelves. Prices seemed reasonable. I came away with a delightful hardback annotated facsimile of Dickens’ journal for a mere £3.99 and was served by a very friendly member of staff.   Jon R 05.09.23

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.
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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
The bookshop is before you get to the main part of the museum so no admission fee required to browse/buy. There are about half a dozen full height bookcases with an interesting mix of titles - mostly vintage hardbacks rather than newer paperbacks. As you’d expect in the family home of the man of letters, there are several shelves devoted to books about Johnson and Boswell. All proceeds support the museum.  Jon R 04.09.23
As previous reviews have pointed out, the layout of the building means one can visit the bookshop without entering the museum, but admission to both is free in any case. Normally open every day of the year except 25th & 26th December and 1st January, but at the moment the museum is closed for essential building work until 30th April. The bookshop remains open.  Booker T 10.04.24

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
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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.
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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
From seeing how well the stock is presented here it’s clear the staff take a pride in this shop. Lots of modern fiction paperbacks, all alphabetised. Few shelves of older classic books, few shelves of military titles, children’s section and a display of hardback fiction titles for £1. Also a shelf labelled “hard times” for those that like don’t like their fiction to be too uplifting!  Jon R 04.09.23

Vellichor Books/HANLEY/11-12 Piccadilly Arcade
Vellichor Books  Open at advertised times
11-12 Piccadilly Arcade  HANLEY  ST1 1DL
tel:  07538 322271  e-mail   
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00
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New and secondhand books, a cafe, and a "Room of Requirement community space".