Six historical bookshops to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week

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Lindum Books, Lincoln

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, here are six historical bookshops from across the country

Independent Bookshop Week will take place from 15 to 22 June this year, with exciting initiatives and events celebrating independent bookshops and booksellers nationwide and the crucial role independent bookshops play in their communities. To kick start this year’s festivities, we are sharing six historical bookshops from across the country.

Lindum Books, Lincoln

This bookshop is steeped in history, located in a Grade 2-listed Georgian building with a beautiful Venetian bay window and quirky shopfront, nestled on the historical Bailgate in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter.

4 Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AE

Niche Comics Bookshop, Huntingdon

Visitors are welcomed to this Tudor-era bookshop, built in 1573 and retaining many of its original features. A part of the Huntingdonshire History Festival, and a recipient of a green plaque from the Huntingdon and Godmanchester Civic Society, the traditional timber-framed house is a staple of the local community.

147 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TF

Script Haven, Worcester

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Script Haven, Worcester

The bookshop was a hotel where Charles Dickens once stayed in 1858. A unique, historical and listed building marked with a blue plaque and with sixteenth century beams, visitors can visit Script Haven in the centre of Worcester, overlooked by the majestic Worcester Cathedral.

104 High St, Worcester WR1 2HW

The Little Bookshop, Skipton

The Little Bookshop

Located in Craven Court Shopping Centre, which was once a sixteenth century theatre, The Little Bookshop in Skipton is part of a bustling alleyway reminiscent of Diagon Alley, framed with partly listed stone walls. This historical bookshop makes for a perfect book buying experience.

4, Craven Court, Shopping Centre, High St, Skipton BD23 1DG

Argonaut Books, Edinburgh

One of the most famous locations of Scottish literature and film, Argonaut Books is in the old and architecturally significant Leith Central Station, which also happens to where the pivotal and eponymous scene in Trainspotting takes place.

15-17 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8LN

Little Acorn Bookstore, Derry

Little Acorn Bookstore, Derry

A cultural hub, Little Acorn Bookstore is situated in a three-storey Georgian building that was previously a private residence. Don’t miss the famous reclaimed schoolteachers’ chairs covered in hundreds of signatures from authors, actors, directors, broadcasters, musicians, artists and many more: the LegenDerry Writers’ Chair and the Theatre and Media Chair. A typewriter museum is due to open in the summer of 2024.

18 Great James St, Londonderry BT48 7DA

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