Stoke on Trent and losing a bookshop

There is some sadness attached to finding this book in the shop. Originally published in 1843, it was republished in 1984 by Webberley Ltd, a long-standing independent bookshop in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, which has recently closed. The shop was continually in operation from 1786 and there is a list  of all the proprietors and photographs of the two buildings they have operated from in the book. The second shop was their base from 1924 and is now being put up for development as apartments with retail space on the ground floor.  In addition to books they sold art materials but one or two of the staff have now opened their own shop in Hanley, so there will be somewhere to get my art supplies.

SOT photos 18 Mar 2016 (1 of 1)SOT book 18 Mar 2016 (1 of 1)



About Carol Henshaw

I am a retired medic & academic who volunteers in this bookshop. I love books, travelling, photography, painting and printing, all sorts of music (choral singing now & hope to take up the saxophone), gardening and natural history, arts & crafts, hanging out with old friends and making new ones.
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One Response to Stoke on Trent and losing a bookshop

  1. dyane says:

    Definitely sounds like a bittersweet (more bitter than sweet) find!

    My L.A. hometown has become unrecognizable due to obscene wealth that moved in and destroyed its charm. The day my Mom called me to say the only bookstore, Village Books, closed down made me feel very sad. In the bookstore’s place?
    A lingerie store that sells $300 g-strings. 😦

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