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Recommend a book shop for Local History?


Tracey Bennett
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My lovely local bookshop down here in Norfolk has a fabulous local history section. Which is all very well but I want to read about Cheshire not Norfolk! I have a fantasy of browsing a quirky, interesting little independent shop with an impressive range of intriguing Cheshire History books.

 

So - where shall I go on my next trip north?

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Tracey, I have been racking my tiny little brain regarding book shops in our area that may have historical information on the locality and can't come up with any, their appears to be very little in the way of historic information in the form of the written word other than warrington Library and the occasional books compiled by Janice Hayes that are on sale at the large retailers and one large superstore. Poor show really!. Perhaps Dizz may be able to help.

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Ah - therein lies the rub. I haven't joined any local history groups because living where I do, it's hard to see what benefit I'd get out them as I can't attend meetings/lectures etc. Yes there are books on their website which I could buy but what I really want to do is browse and have a flick through before I buy. Buying online can be a bit hit and miss, some books are great but others end up not being what I'd imagined and by the time they arrive and I realise it's too late!

 

Hence I'd love to go to actual shop and spend some time leafing through books before I buy them.

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Seen a few i think about cheshire in tesco but not sure as they were on the end of an aisle and i was just wandering past taking little notice. Could always have a look in the league of friends place in the hospital if you are passing that way. other than that cannot think of anywhere else, most of the little bookshops seem to have disappeared into L-space. has been a while since i wandered about in warrington town centre, there used to be one tucked away in a corner near queens gardens somewhere but cannot remember exactly where it was/is. the curse of the electronic book age i fear. now there is a thought wonder if there are any free electronic books on cheshire. something to have a look at later i think.

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Oxfam bookshops down here are really good for local interest books. I assume that as they're a national charity they send books to the relevant geographical area. I had a look on their website and was really surprised to see there aren't any in Warrington though there are some in Knutsford. Trouble is you need to pop into charity shops on a regular basis to get the good stuff.

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I like the Curiosity bookshop in Runcorn, specialises in books about Runcorn and Widnes, but also has books for other areas of Cheshire and Liverpool.

The owner Liz Howard has written many books  including several on local history and is at present intending to write a trilogy based on life in the Victorian era.

 

http://curiositybookshop.tbpcontrol.co.uk/TBP.Direct/CustomerAccessControl/Home.aspx?d=curiositybookshop&s=C&r=10000147&ui=0&bc=0&collection=10005789

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Tracey, there’s a great second hand book shop in Altrincham - Abacus Books, I have also added this link for bookshops in Cheshire - link at the bottom.

 

Abacus Books
24 Regent Road
ALTRINCHAM  Cheshire  WA14 1RP   map
0161 928 5108

Open: Tuesday & Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Large general stock and arts, crafts and local history.

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http://www.inprint.co.uk/thebookguide/shops/location1.php?loc=North%20West&locc=Cheshire

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The Internet Archive is a good place to search for history books.

 


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The Latchford History Society have published several books about the history of Latchford.

If you are interested in the history of Latchford then these are the books for you otherwise...

The book "From Corncrake to Combine"  by G. Walter Wright is about the memoirs of a Cheshire farmer and........

"Cenarth Falls past and present" by C.Mervyn Thomas is about the history of Cenarth Falls.

Are there any history books about Norfolk?

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My favourite is "The biography of a Victorian Village; Richard Cobbold's account of Wortham, Suffolk 1860." Probably the first of the genre, written by the Reverend of Wortham in 1860, lots of little anecdotes about the villagers, he even painted portraits of them. It'd be fantastic for any genealogists with an interest in the village. I found out that my friend's house used to be a little shop where all the children from the workhouse used to go and buy sweets. 

 

I've only got one other "Two bites of the cherry" by Sydney Talbot because that's about Diss. They're all very samey after a while, I don't have much storage space and that I do have I'd rather dedicate to Cheshire history!

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I have a book about Warrington bought on Amazon, "A History of Warrington" by Alan Crosby it cost £16.99 but worth every penny.

 

I've got that book too SueS (it was my mums) and I agree it's definitely one worth reading

 

Ringo, where is the Railway Junction Shop ? 

 

Ellesmere Port boat museum didn't have many at all when we went earlier in the years to be honest but maybe they were low on stock.  Now that is one great place to visit though :)    

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