Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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Anthony C Hall/TWICKENHAM/30 Staines Road
Anthony C Hall  Open at advertised times
30 Staines Road   TWICKENHAM   TW2 5AH
tel: 020 8898 2638 
Open:  Friday 10 - 12.30, 1.30 - 5.00. Occasionally open at other times and by appointment.
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Russia, Eastern Europe and general stock.

Arrived to be told they were shortly closing for lunch - do these people have any business sense? Stock quite small. Evident activity at rear of shop (assistant also going to lunch.) Very small fiction section. NWAD disappointing.  Jon Morgan 11.09.12
Sign on the door says "Until further notice, shop opening times will be irregular or by appointment". On my last visit the owner said he was thinking of closing down (he said he was over 80...)I hope this is not the beginning of the end - there have been some good purchases here.  Michael Ross 13.08.19

Book Shop/HAMPTON/Hampton Railway Station
The Book Shop  Open at advertised times
Hampton Railway Station  Ashley Road   HAMPTON   TW12 2HU
tel: 8979 2463 
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A fundraising bookshop which has sold donated books in support of local charities, for over thirty years.

One of the very first charity bookshops I started visiting about thirty years ago. Lots of friendly helpful staff looking after a stock of reasonably priced books. I usually find at least one book of interest every visit  John Bacon 06.10.08
Virtually nothing but modern paperbacks, with the emphasis on airport fiction.  Muggins 14.11.14
Small friendly shop, but hardly any non-fiction. Mainly paperbacks, not really worth a visit unless you are passing through.  Steve Newman 22.09.19

Falconwood Transport _ Military Bookshop /WELLING/5 Falconwood Parade  The Green  
Falconwood Transport & Military Bookshop   Open at advertised times
5 Falconwood Parade  The Green    WELLING  DA16 2PL
tel:  020 8303 8291  e-mail
Open:  Saturday 9.30 - 5.30, other times by appointment.
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Stock: 6,000 in specialist Transport & Military fields only - no general stock. Main Subjects: Aircraft (Military & Civil); Military (all periods but mostly WWI onwards); Railways; Shipping (Naval & Merchant Navy); Cars; Motorcycles; Lorries; Buses.

I was rather taken on entering this shop to find every piece of the extensive shelf space completely full. All books were categorised and the quality of the holdings was most impressive. Obviously every collector of these specialised subjects should have visited by now but there could always be something around for the general buyer.  Chris Harte 09.02.10
Military, Naval and Transport of all kinds. With the exception of a small section of general industrial archeology and engineering it "does what it says on the tin" at what seem to me ( not my usual area) to be very reasonable prices.  John Allen 04.07.11

Fara Charity Bookshop/TEDDINGTON/34d Broad Street
Fara Charity Bookshop  Open at advertised times
34d Broad Street   TEDDINGTON   TW11 8RF
tel: 020 8977 6475  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 9.30 - 5.30.
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FARA Books is a must for all bibliophiles, great for gifts and a "fantastic local resource." Our knowledgeable staff will endeavour to help with your every enquiry. Situated just behind FARA Teddington on north Lane, parking is available in the Tesco car park. A free reservation and request service is offered please ask staff for details.Donations always welcome!

Large selection of books on all subjects. Reasonably priced but not cheap  John Bacon 19.04.10
FARA has a reputation for being amongst the most expensive of all the charity outlets and this one is no exception. A large, varied stock but you'll be lucky to spot a bargain.  Mandalay Emporium 09.04.11
I found a good stock esp children's. Prices reasonable and I FOUND TWO BARGAINS - worth a visit if passing. V helpful staff.  Jon Morgan 11.09.12
Very friendly staff, but the stock barely changes. The same books on the shelves months after a previous visit, which is odd as they always attract loads of donations. Either these donations are rubbish or they end up somewhere else.  Mandalay Emporium 16.09.14
Disagree with above. This is an excellent classy charity bookshop well laid out with some good (mainly current but some oldies) stock. For me well worth a visit, cut above most charity shops.  Norman Davies 07.04.16

Morden Hall Park Bookroom/MORDEN/Morden Hall Road
Morden Hall Park Bookroom  Phone before travelling
Morden Hall Road   MORDEN   SM4 5JD
tel: 020 8545 6850 
Open:  Monday - Friday 11.00 - 3.00, Saturday & Sunday 12.00 - 4.00.
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Bookroom in National Trust property.

Only small, but a nice selection HB and PB on a range of subjects from 10p upwards, with a few videos and vinyls too. Park in the free car park, pass through the arch between the garden centre and the café and turn right.  Andrew Francis 19.10.10
Often closed during stated opening hours. NT say they have problems getting volunteers - but they never put any notice in the window, you're just left wondering. It's been three years since I found it open!  Peter M 28.03.18
Nearly all stock £2 (hardbacks) or £1 (softbacks). Some remarkable bargains! Mainly fairly recent books.  Philip Jones 22.09.19
Now reopened after a long Covid-inspired closure, and operating daily between 10am and 3pm (including Sundays). Still good value - no treasures but a reasonable stock and almost everything still at £2 (hardback) and £1 (paperback). The walk from the nearest tram stop (Phipps Bridge) must rate as one of the nicest approaches to a bookshop in Britain.  Michael Ross 07.08.21
I agree with Mr Ross, above, about the beautiful parkland setting; shop is in a courtyard next to a snuff mill on the swiftly flowing River Wandle. Stock is neatly shelved and categorised, with attractive displays of 'specials' that break the two-pound barrier. Might be fruitful for the general reader, but nothing to excite the collector on my visit.   Nicholas Sack 24.09.21

Old Bookshop/ENFIELD/36 Gordon Road
The Old Bookshop  Open at advertised times
36 Gordon Road   ENFIELD   EN2 0PZ
tel: 020 8366 0722   e-mail  web 
Open:  Open: most weekdays 10.30 - 4.00 but please phone first.
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We specialise in second-hand, out of print and new books on Costume and Fashion-related subjects. The shop contains around 25,000 books and magazines on these subjects, and the online database is continually updated.

Osterley Bookshop/ISLEWORTH/168a Thornbury Road
Osterley Bookshop  Open at advertised times
168a Thornbury Road   ISLEWORTH   TW7 4QE
tel: 020 8560 6206 
Open:  7 days 9.30 - 5.00.
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General secondhand books.

Nothing to get excited about. Routine stock with no antiquarian holdings.  Chris Harte 27.06.09
I visit every 6 months or so and always find something of interest. There's some gold at the rear for you more literate types, but the UK topography and history are good enough for me.  Martin O'London 06.03.13
Like Martin, I visit 2-3 times a year & usually find something useful & at a reasonable price. Especially good for a Sunday 'Must-get-out-of-the-house' browse & possible bonus walk in nearby Osterley Park. A somewhat eccentric bookshop - it always raises a smile when the pigeons start cooing as I look through the nature section or a train whistles by as I'm at the transport section - and there's a bell to 'Ding' when you're done browsing & ready to buy! Definitely worth a visit.  Zim 29.05.15
It is lovely - one of the last London suburban bookshops. On my last visit there was a pile of spectacles for short-sighted browsers to use for free - £4 each if you wanted to buy a pair. There's always something interesting hidden away in the stock.  Michael Ross 17.10.16
...is having a half-price sale until the end of September.  Wee Jimmie 09.09.17
Visited today for the first time, the last Greater London bookshop I had not paid a visit. It has taken 10 years or so but I finally got there! Stock in my subjects (Transport, Observer Books etc) not extensive, the Observer books, in particular, could best be described as 'careworn'. On the expensive side too, perhaps I should have paid a visit during the half price sale.  Steve Newman 20.04.18

Oxfam Bookshop /KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES/Old London Road  
Oxfam Bookshop   Open at advertised times
tel:  020 8 549 3559  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.00
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An eclectic mix of good quality stock including antiquarian and collectable books.

Wide selection of secondhand books. Especially good for history, travel, literature and reasonably priced art books I find hard to resist. Open every day.  Sue Griffin 21.04.10
Friendly shop in town centre. Frequent culling ensures there is usually something worth buying. No silverfish here.  Neil Kenyon 27.04.10
Excellent variety of books, helpful knowledgeable staff and very reasonable prices!  Mandy Borwick 15.05.10
Hilarious prices for the few decent books. Standard Oxfam.  Norman Davies 07.04.16
Yes the same overpricing we have come to know and "love" about Oxfam but there was a quite decent and wide-ranging selection of non-fiction titles on offer here that piqued my interest and forced me to pull my wallet out. Seemed to be a smallish shop yet with room enough for the half-dozen browsers who also seemed keen on buying titles. Friendly staff too. Only a couple of minutes' walk from the railway station.  Graeme Rendall 18.07.19