Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

Heckmondwike Book Shop is now called Not In Heckmondwike Book Shop
Rickaro Books in now online only.
Oxfams in Huddersfield and Otley are no longer primarily bookshops

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Border Bookshop/TODMORDEN/61a Halifax Road
The Border Bookshop     Status unknown, update requested
61a Halifax Road    TODMORDEN  OL14 5BB
tel:  01706 814721  e-mail   web   
Currently CLOSED
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Closed for the past year or so. Unclear if it will reopen or go online only.

A sizeable, well-organised shop with a good secondhand stock spread over two floors.  Bridget the Browser 
A fair-sized shop, some new but an extensive second-hand stock including the biggest collection of Bunter books I have ever seen as well as other childrens books and annuals, plus an incredible room literally floor-to-ceiling with comics, all well organised and categorised. This as well as the general paperback and hardback fiction and non-fiction. The sports section alone takes up a full room and spreads to shelves downstairs, and there is another room leading off the main downstairs room. Prices are very reasonable and owner is friendly.  The Wanderer 15.01.09
A wonderful place to go. Other than Victor's eccentricity of closing for lunch the stock is one of the best especially if you are after Victoriana or sport.  Chris Harte 14.04.09

Brame Books/HALIFAX/Unit 4, The Old Bank
Brame Books  Open at advertised times
Unit 4, The Old Bank  2 Silver Street   HALIFAX   HX1 1HS
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
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Local history, classic & modern fiction, poetry, art, architecture, military, children's, sport, craft, rail, transport, etc etc.

A large room in the Old Bank Halifax with a general stock.  Chris Browning 25.03.19
Not open at 1pm on a Friday. Note on door saying back later in the afternoon. They might have been: I wasn't.  Lost Club 13.06.19

Chevin Books/OTLEY/Bay Horse Court
Chevin Books  Open at advertised times
Bay Horse Court   OTLEY   LS21 1SP
tel: 01943 466599 
Open:  Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
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Stock includes art, history, literature, military, sport and topography.

Never seem to have in stock any books of my wide interests.  Chris Harte 14.04.09
Small pleasant bookshop, and, interestingly, usually has the books I'm looking for.  Don Vine 20.12.10
Good selection. Hard to beat on price too.  Jon Davis 28.08.12
Good selection and fair prices. Pleasant and helpful staff. I rarely leave without a purchase, and never regret it.  Twizzle 10.01.13
Visited this shop today, bought 2 books and intend to go back. This is a serious 2nd hand bookshop with mostly hardback books. Reasonable prices too. I spoke with a member of staff who was not only very friendly and helpful but clearly bookish and knowledgable.  Nick 18.05.18
Over ten years since my last report and since then a change of address. The shop had a lot of potential but the boxes piled high made viewing very difficult. A spring clean is very much in order. However, the owner was a most pleasant fellow who seemed baffled as how to cope with such a large stock in a small building.  Chris Harte 03.09.19

Children_s Bookshop/HUDDERSFIELD/37-39 Lidget Street
Children's Bookshop  Open at advertised times
37-39 Lidget Street   HUDDERSFIELD   HD3 3JF
tel: 01484 658013  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30, Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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A new bookshop with a small stock of secondhand children's books.

The shop is probably the longest surviving independent specialist children's bookshop in the country. They specialise in new children's books but the secondhand section has other subjects as well. The owners Sonia and Barry Benster who are friendly and knowledgeable folk.  Pierce Roche 
I came, I saw, I walked out without buying. It was rubbish, A few scruffy second-hand kids books, some much older and much more expensive non-fiction and that was about it, took me all of 15 minutes to see the whole of their second-hand stock. Not worth the trip from the town centre.  The Wanderer 28.01.09

Children_s Society Bookshop/SHIPLEY/62 Bingley Road
The Children's Society Bookshop  Open at advertised times
62 Bingley Road  Saltaire   SHIPLEY   BD18 4SD
tel: 01274 583266 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 -4.00.
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One medium-sized room, good quality paperback fiction, miscellaneous non-fiction, very reasonably priced. Not to be confused with the same charity's general shop a few hundred yards down the road  Mark Valentine 27.02.19

Colne Valley Bookshop _ Collectables/SLAITHWAITE/Britannia Mills
Colne Valley Bookshop & Collectables  Open at advertised times
Britannia Mills  Britannia Road   SLAITHWAITE   HD7 5HE
tel: 07873 323679   e-mail 
Open:  Thursday - Sunday 10.30 - 4.30.
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4000 books in stock, soon to double as extra space becomes available. Also French vintage domestic ware ...

Their stall at the Harrogate Book Fair was strong on vintage fantasy, supernatural and crime fiction.  Mark Valentine 19.03.18
New room now open, twice as many books  Cid Jackson 10.07.18

Cuckoo_s Nest/HUDDERSFIELD/40a Peel Street
The Cuckoo's Nest  Open at advertised times
40a Peel Street  Marsden   HUDDERSFIELD   HD7 6BW
tel: 01484 846365 
Open:  Monday & Wednesday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.30.
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Wide stock of secondhand books, including decent arts and poetry section. Very low prices. We are a charity shop, raising money chiefly for local groups, or other groups which serve residents of Marsden.

Unfortunately, the shop was closed when I tried to visit this morning (a Tuesday). Plenty of staff about but closed signs on both doors. Two shops together: the left-hand one is a general charity shop whilst the right hand one is full of books. Hopefully, open next time I'm down this way.  Graeme Rendall 06.12.18

Daisy Lane Books/HOLMFIRTH/Daisy Lane
Daisy Lane Books  Open at advertised times
Daisy Lane   Towngate   HOLMFIRTH   HD9 1HS
tel: 01484 688409 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 4.00.
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Large general stock.

Another top quality secondhand shop, welcoming to browsers and with plenty to offer in both fiction and non-fiction.  Bridget the Browser 
This is one of my favourite shops, been several times over the last few years. Prices very reasonable, great stock, owners are welcoming and friendly, and I rarely leave without at least one bag of hard-to-find goodies. Set in Last Of The Summer Wine village, it is a wonderful shop just up from Sid'a Cafe, and well worth the trip.  The Wanderer, 10.05.10
A charmingly cramped 2nd-hander of the old school up a ginnell conveniently opposite Holmfirth's short-stay car park. A good selection of theatre books (my specialism) all at reasonable prices.  X Libris 18.07.13
Still one of my favourite bookshops, wonderful owners, and cats. Great choice and very reasonable prices.  The Wanderer 05.04.14
Fantastic. Such an atmospheric little place - from the location to the owner with his cat sleeping around his neck while he wanders around. Prices very cheap, stock varied. Lots of books only a pound each (having a clearance on cricket books for example). A breath of fresh air compared to shops that overcharge. 3 books (incl 2 old hardbacks with DJs) for £7 - and all in excellent condition. WWAD (with knobs on).  Flip M 10.08.17
This traditional shop has been here all my years in the Pennines. How marvellous that it lives on, still with its steep flight of worn stone and brick steps to the upper floor - they were a good deal easier to negotiate when I last visited! Oof, tempus fugit etc. Lots of little rooms, low ceilinged and crammed with modestly priced books. Amiable proprietor. Free strong carrier bags. Very disappointed to see no cats as earlier commenters have described. Go, visit, and step back in time.  TravellingLibrary 18.07.19
I cannot praise this shop highly enough. A small space, on two floors, crammed with books. A substantial selection of the stock is priced at a pound. People come in, donate books, and the seller puts them out on his shelf for what is surely a handling fee only. Just be careful crossing the road if coming from the bus terminus: Holmfirth is beyond coping with the traffic which now thunders through it.  Steven Kelly 11.11.21

Hatchard and Daughters/HAWORTH/91 Main Street
Hatchard and Daughters  Open at advertised times
91 Main Street   HAWORTH   BD22 8DA
tel: 01535 648720 
Open:  Friday 12.00 - 5.00, Saturday & Sunday 11.00 - 5.00.
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General secondhand stock and particularly the Brontes, local topography, art, military and railways.

One medium sized room of classy stock, cheerful owner playing languid jazz-rock. Topography, transport, travel noticeable. Fair pricing.  Mark V 23.03.16

Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre/HEBDEN BRIDGE/The Old Police Station
Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre  Open at advertised times
The Old Police Station  Hope Street   HEBDEN BRIDGE   HX7 8AG
tel: 01422 846561  web 
Open:  7 days 10.30 - 4.30.
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Judith Mansfield and John Eggeling of Todmorden now have a small selection of 2,000 books and magazines (on needlework, textile arts, science fiction, and detective fiction, etc) here.

Now relocated to Hope Street, Hebden Bridge with a larger book stock.  John Eggeling 22.02.18

Lyall_s Book Shop /TODMORDEN/15 Rochdale Road  
Lyall's Book Shop   Open at advertised times
15 Rochdale Road    TODMORDEN  OL14 5AA
tel:  07971 806624  e-mail   web
Open:  Wednesday - Sunday 11.00 - 4.30.
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Intriguing and eclectic stock of over 20,000 secondhand books, large art and esoteric sections, plus a wide range of other categories with regularly updated stock. Friendly and helpful staff, browsers most welcome. Cash only but an ATM is 2-3 minutes' walk away.

A mixed stock spread over two floors, welcoming to browsers.  Bridget the Browser 
A nice shop. Varied selection but nothing antiquarian. Well set out. Prices reasonable.  Chris Harte 27.07.09

Nick Tozer Railway Books /HUDDERSFIELD/155 Church Street  Paddock  
Nick Tozer Railway Books   Open at advertised times
155 Church Street  Paddock    HUDDERSFIELD  HD1 4UJ
tel:  01484 518159  e-mail   web
Open:  Tuesday - Thursday 11.00 - 5.00
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20,000+ secondhand railway books. Established 1997 and in current premises since 2008. Specialist railway bookseller offering FREE railway booksearch service.

Not in Heckmondwike Book Shop /LIVERSEDGE/66 Union Road  
Not in Heckmondwike Book Shop   Open at advertised times
66 Union Road    LIVERSEDGE  WF15 7JF
tel:  01924 505666  e-mail   web
Open:  Saturday only 10.00 - 5.00 or by appointment (except Sundays)
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Trading for 20 years. Over 10.000 pre '72 paperbacks and anything else I think is collectable. Over 1000 SF digests, 1000 Dalesman Publications and lots more.

Odd Things Shop _ Caff/WAKEFIELD/59 Oakenshaw Lane
Odd Things Shop & Caff  Open at advertised times
59 Oakenshaw Lane   Walton   WAKEFIELD   WF2 6NJ
tel: 01924 255666  e-mail  web 
Open:  Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00 - 5.00.
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Secondhand and contemporary. Recommended poetry selection plus fiction, literature,art, collectors penguin, crime, thrillers, children's, maps. Something for everyone. All profit to The Yorkshire Live Music Project C.I.C.

Oxfam Bookshop/HOLMFIRTH/Unit 2
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Unit 2  71a Huddersfield Road   HOLMFIRTH   HD9 3AZ
tel: 01484 680859 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
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Has a good local section and some folios but still suffers from ambitious pricing throughout the entire shop, as experienced elsewhere.  Graeme Rendall 01.10.18
Made a short visit, hoping this would be as good as the late-lamented Huddersfield Oxfam Bookshop. It is a different animal, with less interesting & quirky material & little enticing display. However, the stock is of solid quality - clean & bright - & the premises are well-arranged & well-lit. Worth a visit, especially now Holmfirth has several other charity shops as well.  TravellingLibrary 18.07.19
Reasonable stock but really nonsensical pricing in some instances. Oxfam volunteers need to stop and think a moment before pricing something according to an (unsold) item on a book comparison website. How many people will seriously part with 7.99 for a mass-market paperback in obviously read condition?  Steven Kelly 11.11.21

Oxfam Bookshop/ILKLEY/26 Back Grove Road
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
26 Back Grove Road   ILKLEY   LS29 9FB
tel: 01943 601166 
Open:  Please contact for opening times.
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Light and spacious, well organised, about twice the stock in the old shop.  Mark V 20.11.17
Visited to see for first time over Christmas. Great shop, great stock and some very reasonable prices. Will be back, frequently  Anthony 15.01.18
Much of my visit was spent trying to avoid show-off tourists bulk buying for their bored off-spring while letting the staff know how intelligent the children had become. The stock was slightly above the normal Oxfam standard but the prices were far too high.  Chris Harte 03.09.19
No tourists on my visit on 7th September. A pleasant browse and a couple of decent bargains. Still worth a visit whilst the rest of the family tour the charity shops.  Anthony 22.09.19
Back today, three high quality purchases for not too much money, star item being a reprint of Agricola's "De Re Metallica" for £6.99. I'll be back again.  Anthony 11.11.19
First visit since the first lockdown. Quality offerings, busy shop, keen prices. Almost got a bad back carrying away my purchases!  Anthony 28.03.22

Oxfam Bookshop/LEEDS/13/15 Otley Road
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
13/15 Otley Road  Headingley   LEEDS   LS6 3AA
tel: 0113 2743818  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.15 - 5.15, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
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Spread over two shops the stock is huge and varied. Classified by subject the titles are all around the 1980-2009 decades. There is a small shelf of older material. However, I went in to purchase an item seen for sale on the internet and got taken into a locked back room which was full of century old books and more of a greater age. There were real treasures here but they were away from the public's gaze. Why?  Chris Harte 01.12.09
Medium-sized outlet with prices on the friendlier side for Oxfam. When I visited a worrying number of the items I selected were unpriced, leaving the poor assistant a bit high and dry.  Steven Kelly 11.11.21
This is an Oxfam Bookshop of the highest standard with a healthy number of quality books at most reasonable prices. Added to this my visit was enhanced by being able to converse with the Deputy Manager about her stock and she was able to direct me to where I found a delightful number of books to purchase. Whoever donates such treasures and scarce titles has my grateful thanks.  Chris Harte 20.02.22

Oxfam Shop /BRADFORD/54-58 Darley Street  
Oxfam Shop   Open at advertised times
54-58 Darley Street    BRADFORD  BD1 3HN
tel:  01274 306700  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00
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Big and varied stock, fiction and non fiction, in very large shop premises. Extensive range of novels available, both popular and classics. Non-fiction subjects covered include history, sport, biography, travel, religion, etc. Also DVDs and music CDs.

First went to Bradford back in the late '90s. A good place - some interesting books for sale. Do hope to return there soon.  Chris K 10.06.17

T Venables/HAWORTH/60 Main Street
T Venables  Phone before travelling
60 Main Street   HAWORTH   BD22 8DP
tel: 01535 640300  e-mail 
Open:  Easter onwards 7 days 11.00 - 5.00, Winter Saturday & Sunday 11.00 - 5.00, otherwise ring first.
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Large general stock covering many subjects, especially The Brontes. Fiction and non-fiction. Also small stock of vinyl records & CDs. Located just around the corner from The Bronte Parsonage and Museum. Haworth Main Street is NOT pedestrianised.

This is my type of bookshop. You could feel the quality of the titles as soon as you entered from the steep hill which is Main Street. Obviously strong on Bronte and a surprisingly good number of local histories. The general holdings are worth browsing and the owner was a pleasant man with knowledge of the book trade.  Chris Harte 26.10.09
Half way up the steep cobbled High Street. One large, long room, good range of stock, reasonably priced. A Bronte bookcase, of course, but much else including uncommon.  Mark V 23.03.16

TP Children_s Bookshop/NR ILKLEY/71 Main Street
TP Children's Bookshop  Open at advertised times
71 Main Street  Addingham   NR ILKLEY   LS29 0PD
tel: 01943 830095   e-mail 
Open:  Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 4.00. Other times by easily arranged appointment.
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Huge selection of out of print and collectable children's books both fiction and illustrated, select stock of detective fiction, female authors eg Heyer, Goudge, Miss Read and Yorkshire/Bronte's. Addingham is 3 miles from Ilkley with an easy bus route from the station. Small car park adjacent to shop.

I collect Girls Own fiction and general children's books and visiting here is like visiting a treasure house! And even better the prices are really reasonable and Lou will do her best to get you anything she hasn't got in stock. I have visited many different book shops, some specialising in children's books, other more general ones and I have never found a better shop than this.  Dawn 19.04.14
Interesting stock of mainly children's fiction not listed online. Helpful owner. Easy parking. Well worth a visit.  Simon Procter 13.08.14

Vintage Motor Shop/BATLEY/749 Bradford Road
Vintage Motor Shop  Open at advertised times
749 Bradford Road   BATLEY   WF17 8HZ
tel: 01924 470773 
Open:  Thursday - Sunday 11.00 - 5.00.
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New and used books on all aspects of road transport.

I came upon this shop by chance. It is rather idiosyncratic and the door was locked but the owner appeared and opened up. He was at first quite brusque and when I enquired about `TheBookGuide' he claimed not to be on any sites. He has a very interesting stock principally cars, but also including rail and bus. He also had a few, interesting maps. By the finish he was chatting amiably.  CB 22.09.14