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Abacus Books/ALTRINCHAM/24 Regent Road
Abacus Books  Open at advertised times
24 Regent Road   ALTRINCHAM   WA14 1RP
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tel: 0161 928 5108  web 
Open:  Thursday - Saturday 10.30 - 4.30.
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Large general stock and arts, crafts and local history.

Although we tried very hard, we could find absolutely nothing of interest in this bookshop. While we where there a chap came in with a few books to sell and was told "we aren't buying at the moment" - which in book-speak means we aren't selling anything either. This is like a rest home for old books, and be assured, they won't be disturbed.  Rosie Gamgee 21.11.13
The other comment is a little unfair; there is quite a lot to see here, though admittedly the small paperback fiction section has books that look like they've been here years, and the small sci-fi section is down near the floor behind the door, so you get in the way of anyone coming in. Elsewhere though are many hardbacks covering lots of subjects, a hardback literature and literary biography section that's worth a look. But yes, those paperbacks do need a bit revitalizing!  Archy 14.07.16

Alsager Book Emporium /ALSAGER/Hassall Road Methodist Church Methodist Church  Hassall Road  
Alsager Book Emporium   Open at advertised times
Hassall Road Methodist Church Methodist Church  Hassall Road    ALSAGER  ST7 2HE
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tel:  01270 625444  e-mail   web
Open:  Fridays 10.00 - 2.00, Saturdays & Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00 - 1.00.
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60,000 Secondhand books on all subjects. Special sections on local history/theological/antiquarian books. Parking on road outside. Tea and coffee available.


Cavern Books/NANTWICH/Dagfields Craft Centre
Cavern Books  Open at advertised times
Dagfields Craft Centre  Walgherton Road   NANTWICH   CW5 7LG
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tel: 01270 841594   e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 11.30 - 5.00.
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General secondhand books, and particularly railways, military and crime, postcards and ephemera. Also LPs & CDs. There are also numerous book shelves all around the massive buildings.

Brilliant, a really great variety of stock, something for everyone, and very reasonable prices. All books were neatly displayed, not one tatty spine or crumpled cover. Owner and the woman working in the shop were friendly, and most welcoming. Not an easy place to get to, but well worth the effort.  The Wanderer 14.10.09
Excellent books and service. Amazing stock. Thanks for the First Edition Bond. We will be back.  Wirralshrew 27.07.11
Well worth a visit, lots of stock in different subjects.  Paul 05.11.11
Still there and still great, with fair prices and condition of books ranging from good to "oh wow, I am having that".  The Wanderer 09.06.12
Definitely worth finding this place. Some quality books in here. And a very nice place as well with all the other shops.  Gareth 12.07.12
The best second hand bookshop in the area. Reasonable prices, organised stock and an owner who knows his stuff. Always worth a visit.  Rosie Gamgee 10.11.12
Probably the best selection of secondhand railway books in the country. Stocks always seem to be moving and so worth regular visits.  Rik 16.02.13
This is an interesting and well run bookshop, with a cheery and helpful owner, but, as with a lot of places I visit, I did wonder whether a fair proportion of the stock was not really the sort thing that would sell under any circumstances. Outside in the arcade there were tables of paperbacks and popular coffee-table books that were suffering from the damp atmosphere, but the inside of the shop was well laid out and contained a good, general stock, particularly strong on transport and the countryside. There appeared to be a very good selection of old postcards, but the music section was somewhat muddled and inconsistently priced, and there were some areas of tired stock that needed a bit of attention. Depending on your speciality, it is probably worth a visit, but don't be disheartened if you have difficulty in finding it its well signposted but is quite a trek down country lanes and is a fair distance from Nantwich itself.  Nicholas Pendower 12.02.14
This is one of the best antique centre bookshops I have been into for very many a day. A wonderful selection of subjects and huge holdings. I mentioned my collecting 'wants' to the most pleasant owner and he kept coming up trumps for me. Alas, I was dragged away by my wife after two hours but I will most certainly be back.  Chris Harte 23.03.15
Not that hard to find - the antiques centre is well signposted. A veritable Aladdin's Cave once inside - something for everyone. Well signposted sections but I did find some strays in each section which did make browsing a bit hit and miss at times. Some stuff did seem a bit overpriced to me for what they were but still plenty at very reasonable prices too. Picked up 3 books for 11 quid and had a quid knocked off without asking. Very impressive shop and will definitely return.  Flip M 18.12.15
Just over 18 months later and a return visit. All my previous comments still hold, although the silly pricing annoyed me more this time. More stock on the floor than I remember, shelves all full, some double stacked (incl stuff I saw in 2015, still at the same price). Still got a few quid off at checkout without asking but their stock would shift a lot quicker if the prices were keener (and they'd have more shelf space too perhaps).  Flip M 10.08.17

Copnal Books/CREWE/18 Meredith Street
Copnal Books  Open at advertised times
18 Meredith Street   CREWE   CW1 2PW
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tel: 01270 580470 
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General secondhand bookshop with an interest in theology.


JPs Box of Books/RUNCORN/The Box
JPs Box of Books  Open at advertised times
The Box  Runcorn Shopping City   RUNCORN   WA7 2EU
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tel: 07780 097595  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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A large selection of secondhand and antiquarian books - military, history, art, travel, sport, novels, biographies, children, show biz and film, transport, poetry, all at very competitive prices. This is a new business, café and free parking, we also have a selection of work by local artists.


Knutsford Antiques (bookroom)/KNUTSFORD/113 King Street
Knutsford Antiques (bookroom)  Open at advertised times
113 King Street   KNUTSFORD   WA16 6EH
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tel: 01565 654092  
Open:  Tuesday - Sunday (and Bank Holidays) 10.00 - 5.00.
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Harry Madden's bookroom (01270 841594) has a general stock of older books, including topography.

Smallish bookroom in antiques centre. Good local and fishing collection otherwise mainly folio society and similar.  Norman Davies 01.10.10
Compact bookroom but the quality was excellent. Big on railways and local interest.  Chris Harte 14.06.18

Oxfam Bookshop/ALTRINCHAM/86 George Street
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
86 George Street   ALTRINCHAM   WA14 1RF
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tel: 0161 9281877  web 
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Excellent shop. Very reasonably priced books, mostly in very good to as new condition. Varied stock; small 'classics' and 'collectables'; fair sized crime section; some CDs and DVDs. Records too, though these are a little overpriced in my view.  Archy 13.09.11
Great shop with a better than average selection of jazz records as well as the usual pop/rock in addition to the varied selection of books.  Jazz 29.10.12

Oxfam Bookshop/KNUTSFORD/31 Princess Street
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
31 Princess Street   KNUTSFORD   WA16 6BW
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tel: 01565 650741  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Sunday 12.00 - 4.00.
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Small stock, overpriced, like all too many of the Oxfam shops nowadays.  The Wanderer. 09.01.09
Poor small stock and even by Oxfam standards badly overpriced.  Norman Davies 01.10.10

Oxfam Shop /MACCLESFIELD/74 Mill Street  
Oxfam Shop   Open at advertised times
74 Mill Street    MACCLESFIELD  SK11 6NH
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tel:  01625 429939  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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Some hundreds of books on display, fiction and non-fiction of all types.

Deserves a listing in your guide. Half of the shop is books, well lit, neat and clearly arranged. Includes a collectables section, and is obviously the baby of the shop manager or someone on the regular staff who loves books.  S+S 30.01.17

Oxfam/ALDERLEY EDGE/23 London Road
Oxfam  Open at advertised times
23 London Road   ALDERLEY EDGE   SK9 7JT
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tel: 01625 583 162   e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 5.30, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00.
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Good selection of General secondhand books. Children's corner with table and chairs, and also sell music, cards and stationery.

This is not a bookshop. Yes, it has slightly more books (overpriced and not very interesting) than your average Oxfam shop, but it also sells bric-a-brac and clothes. The very loud pop music is enough to make you turn tail anyway!  Nicholas Pendower 12.02.14
No longer just books - now also general secondhand goods & Oxfam own brand. Books perhaps 40% of shelf space.  John Tomlinson 18.08.15

Stothert Old Books/CHESTER/Rock House Farm
Stothert Old Books  Phone before travelling
Rock House Farm  Rock Lane  Burwardsley   CHESTER   CH3 9PL
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tel: 01829 772505  e-mail  web 
Open:  Saturday & Sunday 11.00 - 4.00, other times by appointment.
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A wide selection of antiquarian and collectable books on most subjects. A long-established book dealer in the Chester area.

Highly recommended, well-selected general stock in a sort of barn. My own interest, natural history, is well catered for.  acanthophyllum 09.01.15
The old shop in Chester had some superb holdings and the good thing is that standards have not dropped. Alan now has a converted barn full of high quality material and it was a pleasure to relax while checking for my subjects. A visit is recommended.  Chris Harte 23.03.15