Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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Assembled Books/LANCASTER/Assembly Rooms
Assembled Books  Open at advertised times
Assembly Rooms  King Street   LANCASTER   LA1 1JN
tel: 0790-383-3399  e-mail  web 
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
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Come and browse a range of quality second hand books in Lancaster, ranging from classics to whodunnits, local history to academic texts.

Takes about a quarter of the main assembly hall (a building that is worth a look in its own right) with the rest of the hall being taken up with retro clothing, jig-saw puzzles, and yet another coffee shop. The books were well presented with a good section on history, including local history and some academic titles. Too small to be WAD in its own right but worth a look if in the area.  Steven 05.10.17

Atticus /LANCASTER/26 King Street  
Atticus   Open at advertised times
26 King Street    LANCASTER  LA1 1JY
tel:  01524 903383   e-mail   web
Open:  Wednesday - Saturday - 10.00 - 5.00.
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Secondhand books but also has a small stock of vinyl and CDs. We specialise in Indonesia and South East Asia, most of these books will be sold online and not kept in the shop. We are pleased to bring our online books into the shop for viewing and direct sale.

Barnardo_s/LANCASTER/4-6 Cheapside
Barnardo's  Open at advertised times
4-6 Cheapside   LANCASTER   LA1 1XF
tel: 01524 62429 
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Ironically Lancaster's two charity bookshops live opposite each other in Penny Street in the pedestrianised town centre. Barnardos is the larger of the two and due to the shape of the shop is better laid out, giving the impression of a new bookshop.  Jeremy Briggs 07.07.08
Recently moved to Cheapside, next to the MacDonalds.  The Wanderer 02.03.10
Good selections and well laid out. This, and the local Oxfam chairty shop (Oxfam Books) made the trip to Lancaster worthwhile.  Iain Baille 22.11.10
General charity shop with a few shelves of typical remaindered books. Told that 'the bookshop' had closed some time ago and before the staff had worked there.  Doc 29.08.15

Book Stop_s Here/PRESTON/Stall D9
The Book Stop's Here  Open at advertised times
Stall D9  Large Section  Preston Market   PRESTON   PR1 2JA
Open:  Every day except Thursday 7.00 - 4.00.
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Massive selection of paperback fiction, true crime & abuse cases. Collectable hardbacks, non fiction especially crime, travel & history. A long established local business serving the bibliophiles of Lancashire for the best part of two decades. Also at Clitheroe's Collectors' market every Sunday & on line sales @ ebay under name BIBUXMARKETMAN.

Couldn't find this but then the market was half empty and apparently being redeveloped?  Norman Davies 06.02.17
Occupying a sizeable expanse of Preston Market's main area, the lion's share of the stall is given over to mass-market paperbacks (with a special fiction section entitled "Dog and Cat Books"). Not WAD in its own right but if you're visiting Oxfam and the Halewoods it's worth having a quick look.  Steven Kelly 19.10.19

Book-Cycle/WIGAN/Old Beech Hill Library
Book-Cycle  Open at advertised times
Old Beech Hill Library  Beech Hill   WIGAN   WN6 7PQ
tel: 01942 747750   e-mail  web 
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Over 20,000 books on a wide rage of topics. There are no fixed prices as you may choose to donate whatever you wish for up to three books per day. Proceeds send free books to developing countries and plant trees around Lancashire. Book-Cycle is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, for more info: www.book-cycle.org

Strangest place. A real old library crammed full with well ordered books in a suburb of Wigan. Help yourself, max 3 per day make a donation. If in the area please visit - some remarkable finds and good charities too.  Norman Davies 14.12.12
Revisited. Still a hidden gem, an old library full of books, including some decent. Limit of 3 books per day, any donation you like so genuine bargains. WAD if in the north west.  Norman Davies 13.02.19

Bookmark/THORNTON-CLEVELEYS/2 Victoria Road West
Bookmark  Open at advertised times
2 Victoria Road West   THORNTON-CLEVELEYS   FY5 1BU
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A small shop near the seafront, packed with a mixture of hardbacks and paperbacks suitable for holiday reading. Mainly fiction but also popular non-fiction, particularly biographies and esoteric. You can also get your palm read there! (Presumably that service is "while u wait")  Bridget the Browser 

Bookshop/HEYWOOD/Units 48 _ 49 Heywood Magic Market
The Bookshop  Open at advertised times
Units 48 & 49 Heywood Magic Market  York Street   HEYWOOD   OL10 1LT
tel: 07912 077338 
Open:  Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 8.30 - 5.00.
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Massive range of fiction and non-fiction in paperback and hardback arranged in categories and by author. Regular clearance offers and bargains always available from 10p. General fiction paperbacks - £2 each or 3 for £5 with 50% book exchange. Heywood Market offers free raffle tickets with each purchase. The winner of the weekly draw receives £50 market vouchers.

Carnforth Book Shop/CARNFORTH/38-42 Market Street
Carnforth Book Shop  Open at advertised times
38-42 Market Street   CARNFORTH   LA5 9JX
tel: 01524 734588  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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Roughly 100,000 secondhand books over two floors. We stock most subjects and we try not to be "precious". We try and keep our books in reasonable order, but a good root can always turn up something interesting. We also keep new books and maps on the ground floor as well as gifts, cards and toys.

Spread over three floors with the ground floor an ordinary new bookshop, the first and second floors are devoted to second hand books with mainly large rooms on the first floor and smaller rooms on the second. The big selection of stock covers most subjects and it can take quite some time to peruse this large shop.  Jeremy Briggs 
So nice to be greeted by a charming lady who knew her subject. Decent antiquarian holdings. I took far longer here than expected but my purchases were worth the searching.  Chris Harte 27.07.09
Downstairs is tidy with stationery and gifts too. The s/h and rare books rooms are in need of a hoover and the stock on the shelves could be neater. Male vs female! Some very good books are also online - the rest includes a lot of old stuff whcih may never shift. Worth a ride from Lancaster which lacks a university-proficient s/h book shop.  Chris K 09.06.12
Excellent exponent of comforting old-book-smell. This, however, may be due to the 30,000 or so too many unsellable old books. Still came out with 3 good finds, but slightly too much rummaging for my liking. 6/10.  Joe 19.12.13
Always worth a detour, the post Christmas sale at 25% off was most welcome. Was told the shop has just been sold as a going concern, hope it continues.  Anthony 03.01.14
Excellent 'old fashioned ' bookshop. Well worth a detour.  Corso 22.03.14
I suppose that it's a penalty we have to pay these days to ensure that many bookshops remain open, but the problem of maintaining an interesting and realistically priced stock on your shelves whilst also selling on the internet is not an easy one to solve. The Carnforth Bookshop clearly tries to combine the two, but this causes something of a conflict, as passing trade is not often going to be tempted by books that are priced up at internet rates. I came away with a few items but was disappointed not to have been able to have bought more, and, as is the case with so many larger shops of this kind, volume does not necessarily reflect quality.  Nicholas Pendower 18.07.14
Always enjoy a browse when over this side of the country, but agree with Nicholas on the balance to be struck, all my purchases were not from the internet stock this time. Still worth a visit though.  Anthony 24.11.14
Was directed towards the "internet room" at the end of a fruitless search upstairs (previous comment about unsalable old books turned out to be correct) and wondered whether I'd walked into the bargain basement bin instead. Wasn't as good as I was led to believe.  Graeme Rendall 10.07.15
Neil, the new owner, has done wonders with this shop. I could only devote two hours to checking the stock but what I found were priceless to me. Criticisms above really do not reflect the true nature of what is on offer.  Chris Harte 14.06.18
First visit here for many years. Unfortunately, not as remembered. Plenty of stock but much of it not in the best of condition. Did manage to find a few items after much looking and prices were reasonable  David 06.10.18

Clitheroe Books/CLITHEROE/29 Moor Lane
Clitheroe Books  Open at advertised times
29 Moor Lane   CLITHEROE   BB7 1BE
tel: 01200 444242  e-mail  web 
Open:  Tuesday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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General stock as well as children's, literature and transport.

Superb, wide selection. Very pleasant shop with a knowledgeable owner.  Stephen Almond 06.02.09
A rather austere place. The owner soon became known to me as "Dr No," for he answered my eleven question with just that two letter word: nothing else. Felt unwelcome.  Chris Harte 27.07.09
Always lovingly looked after and with large stock of good quality books. Usually leave with several books. This visit was no different. Also child friendly and that's such a selling point.  Doc 29.08.15
A lovely shop, spacious, bright and well-ordered. All subjects are represented, and though the stock is not large it punches above its weight in terms of quality, condition and interest. Dustwrappers are protected with clear film, a careful touch I always appreciate, making the books sparkle on the shelves. Clitheroe is well worth a visit: streets of small independent shops, ginnels and yards, a castle and not just one, but now two, secondhand book shops.  TravellingLibrary 03.09.15
Nice shop, usually make at least one purchase, agree above re Clitheroe but didn't find another bookshop? Chatty proprietor too.  Norman Davies 06.02.17

George Kelsall_s Bookshop/LITTLEBOROUGH/22 Church Street
George Kelsall's Bookshop  Open at advertised times
22 Church Street   LITTLEBOROUGH   OL15 9AA
tel: 01706 370244  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00, Tuesday 1.00 - 5.00.
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A large general stock including art, history, northern topography, industrial history, transport and literature. Books bought. PBFA member.

Lovely little shop, well set out, prices fair, not a massive stock but always good for a few hard-to-find gems if you are lucky.  The Wanderer 15.12.08
Nice general stock in shop. Ask to go out to the house at the back and you will be lost for hours wading through the truly massive number of books.  Chris Harte 14.04.09

Great Grandfather_s Books/LEYLAND/82 Towngate
Great Grandfather's Books   Status unknown, update requested
82 Towngate    LEYLAND  PR25 2LR
tel:  01772 422268 
Open:  Tuesday and Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.
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Over 15,000 secondhand books in most subject areas and prices ranges. 5 mins from M6 Junction 28, follow signs for Civic Centre and the shop on left just before second set of lights.

Very pleasant owner who found it no problem to guide me through his holdings. Some excellent Lancashire material and recommended for those who collect such things.  Chris Harte 27.07.09
One of my favourite bookshops in the area. A good selection of titles and subjects.  Michael 21.11.13
Very helpful and friendly seller,lots of stock to look through and the shop has a lovely old fashioned feel about it.I recommend a visit. Check visiting times before you go.  Hydraulic 16.09.14
Excellent, welcoming and interesting. Two floors crammed with a wide range and reasonably priced. The proprietor's desk is surrounded by old clocks, mysteriously all telling a different time.  Mark V 28.05.16
I loved this shop - gloriously old fashioned, 2 floors crammed with books, irresistible to make a few purchases. Shelves full and also many floor bound boxes. Friendly seller too.  Norman Davies 06.02.17
Closed during the first lockdown and never reopened since according to the shop next door. Still closed as of September 2021. Stock still visible inside via the shop window so may reopen one day.   Stive 26.09.21

Halewood and Sons/PRESTON/37 Friargate
Halewood and Sons  Phone before travelling
37 Friargate   PRESTON   PR1 2AT
tel: 01772 252603 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.15.
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Very large stock, specifically African, American and Australian interest.

Some really wonderful stuff in a very crowded shop. Prices at the top end but you must expect that for quality. The stock of Victoriana is excellent. I regret not being able to visit more frequently in the past: will now be much more regular.  Chris Harte 27.07.09
It can be pricey but worth visiting for the glorious historic shop alone - polished mahogany, ticking clocks, gasolier and floor to ceiling shelves of high quality books. Not what you expect in Preston.  George Marshall 25.02.10
Not open at stated times, very unhelpfull and unfriendly when approached. What a shame as im an avid collector of books with a large customer base and was looking for new contact.  Sean 22.03.13
I echo the comment on 22/03/13: the shop was not open at the advertised time and when I went back found an unfriendly shopkeeper who turfed me out after 5 minutes because he was closing the shop at about 04:00 on a Saturday afternoon. The shop does look lovely, though. Their second shop is staffed by the more friendly brother, I think.  Michael 21.11.13
I made the journey by bus from Burnley. I had a shirt and tie on, I am 57 years of age, the lights were on, I knocked on the locked door, the owner pulled aside a poster, looked @ me and shook his head. Not open he ''mouthed'' to me,how odd, it was 3pm.???  Stephen Riley 07.03.15
The owner was standing in the doorway, would not let us enter as he said he was closed and did not know when he would be open again. Had no interest in selling anything. Don’t even bother visiting   Archive61 04.10.21

Halewood and Sons/PRESTON/68 Friargate
Halewood and Sons  Open at advertised times
68 Friargate   PRESTON   PR1 2AT
tel: 01772 252613 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.15.
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The second of two shops in the town run by the Halewood brothers.

A shop I have been using for many years as between the muddle are titles normally difficult to obtain elsewhere. Specialises in Strand bound volumes and anything to do with Conan Doyle. Some of the runs of periodicals are quite staggering. The pricing is average but with what is in stock it's worth taking a bundle of cash when visiting.  Chris Harte 18.06.12
An avalanche of books piled higgledy-piggledy makes it difficult to see the stock well, but there is ever such a lot of it. Specialising in Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, but much, much more. A knowledgeable and friendly shopkeeper.  Michael 21.11.13
This Halewood brother is far more approachable and helpful. Very hard to find anything a shop that is full to the brim with stock piled everywhere; but the owner found things for me and his prices were fairly reasonable   Archive61 04.10.21

History in Your Hands/ECCLESTON/Stand 506
History in Your Hands  Open at advertised times
Stand 506  Bygone Antiques Centre   ECCLESTON   PR7 5TZ
tel: 07722 084314  e-mail 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 5.30.
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Specialising in quality and unusual railway and transport books. Also industrial history/ mining and local history. Ephemera on the same subjects. In a huge antiques centre in a former mill building. There is a café.

International Aid Trust/MORECAMBE/Book and Record Shop
International Aid Trust  Open at advertised times
Book and Record Shop  15 Albert Road   MORECAMBE   LA4 4HD
tel: 01524 413345 
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One of the best charity bookshops in the north-west, with books neatly displayed floor to ceiling in catagories, mainly in author order, with steps readily available. Prices range from low to fair, with many bargains and hard-to-find gems. Friendly and welcoming.  The Wanderer 29.07.08
At the south-western end of Morecambe in a street with a remarkable number of charity shops mainly to do with this same local charity, this is a medium sized shop with a remarkably diverse stock. The floor was a bit chaotic with a lot of excess stock in boxes and piles when I was there but the shelves were well laid out, the staff were friendly and, in comparison to the better located Old Pier Bookshop, the shop was surprisingly busy with people. Well worth the 10 minute walk from the centre of town.  Jeremy Briggs 14.08.08

Lancashire Antiques and Interiors/RAWTENSTALL/Unit 5, Brookside Business Park, Burnley Road
Lancashire Antiques and Interiors    Open at advertised times
Unit 5, Brookside Business Park, Burnley Road  RAWTENSTALL  BB4 8HH
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00
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A new antiques centre, with a bookstall which has a good range of general stock at low prices, and an interesting selection of collectable children’s books. At present there are four large bookcases, this may increase if sales are good. Parking on site.

Old Pier Bookshop/MORECAMBE/287 Marine Road Central
The Old Pier Bookshop  Open at advertised times
287 Marine Road Central   MORECAMBE   LA4 5BY
tel: 01524 409360  web 
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On Morecambe seafront between the RNLI station and the clock tower, even if you didn't know exactly where is was located you would still find it with its large wall sign and collection of pavement bookcases. From the outside it looks like a typical seaside tourist targeted secondhand bookshop with the usual paperback fodder and familiar hardbacks on the outside bookshelves. Inside the big shop stretches off into the back of the building with glass cases and alcoves full of books giving the impression of a real box of delights. Unfortunately closer examination shows alcoves blocked with book trolleys and boxes preventing access to others, while some even have collapsed piles of books abandoned on the floor. The shop is divided into subject sections but there is little or no alphabetisation in them with the science fiction section, which takes up the entire back room from ceiling to floor plus cardboard boxes, having no discernable order whatsoever. With the sheer amount of stock you will probably get something from the shop, assuming that you haven't despaired at the amount of time it takes to wade through the titles in the section you are interested in.  Jeremy Briggs 14.08.08
Tatty is the first word that springs to mind. Most of the stock is damaged and creased paperbacks, no real order to the shop other than science-fiction/fantasy being in separate area, and most of the stock generally is over-priced tat. Oh yes, there is also a young puppy, not house-trained, so watch where you step. I am not joking.  The Wanderer. 14.12.08
The last comment I'm sorry to say is very accurate. I had quite a bad experience when greeted by the owner who went out of his way to try and convince me said tat was a lot more valuable than it was. I felt so uncomfortable that I had to abandon the few (barely car boot sale worthy) books I had picked up and leave quickly when he wasnt looking. Furthermore the comments application on the nothing to see here old pier bookshop site that most people find first by WWW search does not work, it is my opinion that the few comments on the website were written by the owner as they are evidently very misleading.  John 20.10.11
Very poor customer service, low quality at high prices, not the old fashion bookshop experience you might expect, I advise avoidance.  Joe 20.10.11
The book shop is big.The books are not classified. The owner however is a very polite man and very helpful too. There are few serious books, mostly they are light fiction.  abstracthinker 24.07.12
The Old Pier Bookshop is one of the main attractions of Morecambe. It's like an Aladdin's cave - you never know what you may find there, which adds to its charm. Its quirky interior makes it unique. Its owner obviously has a passion for what he does and is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Every time, I have visited this bookshop, I have discovered many wonderful books that have all been excellent additions to my library. Any visit to Morecambe is enhanced by visit to this bookshop. Go with an open mind, enjoy its unique interior and let chance help you to discover a, or many, fantastic find(s) and if chance doesn't work then ask the owner - a lovely man who is always willing to help.  Khetran 18.07.13
Visited here today, the shop is clean (no dogs around) and easy to get around, the books are not particularly well ordered but that's a minor complaint. The owner was very friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a visit.  Jakob1978 98.09.13
On the strength of the last two reviews I drove to Morecambe specifically to visit the Old Pier Bookshop... I wish I had never bothered. Once you have negotiated the tat outside you will be faced with books that are strewn about in uncategorised shelves and in precarious piles of no particular order. There is no system whatsoever, so there's no point in even bothering to find the section that contains your interests - the books will be all over the shop! If you're lucky you might strike a seam somewhere in the chaos and dirt, but that's only if the books came in together. a previous reviewer found it quirky - I certainly didn't and came away empty handed.  Nicholas Pendower 18.07.14
Chaotically disorganised, but it makes discovering things all the more exciting. To be fair, the owner knows where most things can be found. Mostly reasonably priced, with a few exceptions   Archive61 04.10.21

Oxfam Books _ Music/LANCASTER/54 Penny Street
Oxfam Books & Music  Phone before travelling
54 Penny Street   LANCASTER   LA1 1XF
tel: 01524 380478  web 
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Ironically Lancaster's two charity bookshops live opposite each other in Penny Street in the pedestrianised town centre. Oxfam is the more interesting of the two with a more diverse selection of titles plus music, comics and magazines in the rear of the relatively narrow shop.  Jeremy Briggs 07.07.08
One of the better small Oxfam's I've got to. Though I only bought some postcards. Volunteer staff excellent. The Barnado's opposite is a general shop with a dull range of books.  Chris K 09.06.12
Good Oxfam bookshop with wide range of slightly rarer stock perhaps reflecting the university town.  Doc 29.08.15
By far the best charity shop in Lancaster although not large enough to be WAD. More magazines and comics than I expected. Books well categorised, prices reasonable and bargains to be found.  Steven 29.09.17

Oxfam Bookshop/PRESTON/34 Market Place
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
34 Market Place   PRESTON   PR1 2AR
tel: 01772 881590  web 
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Standard Oxfam so worth a quick look when in Preston just in case.  Norman Davies 06.02.17

Pages Book Shop/BARNOLDSWICK/33 Albert Road
Pages Book Shop       Phone before travelling
33 Albert Road  BARNOLDSWICK  BB18 5AA
tel:  07748 126202  e-mail  
Open:  Monday - Thursday, Saturday 9.30 - 4.00
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Moved in December 2020 from Settle. Specialises in buying and selling good quality secondhand Books.

Two rooms of general stock, particularly good on Penguins, crime fiction, literature, and history.  Mark 29.07.14
Now closed Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays, with a note on the door apologising for not always being open as advertised. Probably best to ring first if travelling.  Mark V 15.06.15
Small but packed with good titles. A little gem.  Roger G  15.01.18
Definitely don't travel without checking - twice within a year I've tried to visit on a Thursday, only to find the shop locked and a post-it on the door. Can't comment on their merits as a bookshop since I've yet to make it through the door!  Kaye 24.03.19
Definitely a good selection of Penguins and healthy stocks of non-fiction too. Small but interesting stock, was open on a wet Tuesday afternoon. Down an alleyway but visible from the main street.  Graeme Rendall  13.06.19

Pendle Hill Books/CLITHEROE/John James Smith
Pendle Hill Books  Appointment necessary
John James Smith  32 Pendle Avenue  Chatburn   CLITHEROE   BB7 4AX
tel: 01200 441572   e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00 by appointment.
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Online Bookshop and Rare Book Room by Appointment. Specialising in Modern First Editions, Victorian Fiction, Illustrated Fiction, Detective, Mystery, Horror, Supernatural, Weird Fiction, Sci-Fi. Building Private Collections, Institutions, Book Search, Valuations. WE BUY BOOKS from Single Items to Small or Large Collections travelling the UK on a weekly basis.

Richard Thornton Books /RIBBLE VALLEY/Hillock Farm  Old Langho  
Richard Thornton Books   Phone before travelling
Hillock Farm  Old Langho    RIBBLE VALLEY  BB6 8BD
tel:  01254 247 874 mob: 0750 000 2797  e-mail
Open:  7 Days 10.00 - 9.00.
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We are always looking to buy new books; whether you have a small or large collection feel free to give us a call. We have some 14,000 books in stock and specialise in Rare Literature, Modern First Editions, Children's, Mountaineering, Arctic and Polar Exploration and Sporting Books. It is always best to ring first before you come as we are often out buying. You would be most welcome to come and visit. Parking is no problem. PBFA members.

St Catherine_s Hospice Ashton Book Shop/PRESTON/73 Wellington Road
St Catherine's Hospice Ashton Book Shop  Open at advertised times
73 Wellington Road  PRESTON  PR2 1BX
tel:  01772 731997 
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00
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Adult and children's fiction; non-fiction; text books; CDs; DVDs and vinyl, maps, music, jigsaws, games and computer games. Great for educational course books.

Towpath Bookshop/OLDHAM/27 High Street
Towpath Bookshop  Open at advertised times
27 High Street  Uppermill   OLDHAM   OL3 6HS
tel: 01457 877078 
Open:  Wednesday - Saturday 10.30 - 5.00 & Sunday from 11.00.
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General secondhand stock.