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#735744 - 21st Oct 2012 8:06pm Bookshops - long gone
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I was thinking about the old Philip Son and Nephew shop in West Kirby and trying to remember exactly where it was. I remember going upstairs to the children's books in the mid 70s. Anyone able to remember where it was and when it closed?

There have been several threads mentioning Bookland in Liscard - again, can anyone remember when it finally closed down?

And another favourite shop was Albistons in Wallasey Village - that was certainly still there in the early 80s but again I can't quite place exactly where it was or when it bit the dust.

Can anyone help with these enquiries and remember any other bookshops?

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#735745 - 21st Oct 2012 8:09pm Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Roslynmuse]
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Sorry - posted in wrong section - can someone move this to History Information Requests?

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#735818 - 21st Oct 2012 11:03pm Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Roslynmuse]
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You suggested other bookshops - I used to love going into Moreton's in Oxton Road, Birkenhead. It had books upstairs on a balcony and you had to go up a squeaky old wood staircase to get there. Not sure about the spelling, it might have been Mortons.

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#735824 - 21st Oct 2012 11:39pm Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Roslynmuse]
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According to the Wirral Globe, Bookland closed down in March 1997. I think it may have reopened briefly after this as a discount and remainders bookshop before closing forever.

Could do with a decent bookshop in Wallasey, but sadly they seem to be in decline all over the country.

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#735826 - 22nd Oct 2012 1:17am Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Roslynmuse]
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More recently, Linghams of 9 Banks Road,West Kirby. Just a suggestion that they may have originally taken Phillip Son and Nephew.

They closed the West Kirby shop last year (2011) but the manager was able to save the Heswall Branch. He couldn't afford both. Really, very good book shop and extremely helpful, with ordering and anything else.
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#735834 - 22nd Oct 2012 8:01am Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Roslynmuse]
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Albistons in Wallasey Village was in that fairly new block on the same side as the school & roughly opposite "Braveheart" butchers. A very nice man & his lovely wife!

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#735835 - 22nd Oct 2012 8:17am Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Roslynmuse]
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Liscard Book Exchange on Liscard Road is very good. It only sells secondhand books but there are some good bargains to be had.

There are very few bookshops of any kind left now on the Wirral. At least we still have 24 public libraries. For now! frown

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#735890 - 22nd Oct 2012 10:28am Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Touchstone]
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Who remembers when W H Smiths was a book shop?

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#735905 - 22nd Oct 2012 11:11am Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: cmw2a]
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Originally Posted By: cmw2a
You suggested other bookshops - I used to love going into Moreton's in Oxton Road, Birkenhead. It had books upstairs on a balcony and you had to go up a squeaky old wood staircase to get there. Not sure about the spelling, it might have been Mortons.


Yes, it was Morton's. 39/41 Oxton Rd. About where the casino is now.
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#735906 - 22nd Oct 2012 11:12am Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Spellbinder]
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Originally Posted By: Spellbinder
Who remembers when W H Smiths was a book shop?


Remember it? I worked in it in 1952.
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#735913 - 22nd Oct 2012 11:33am Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Spellbinder]
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I used to spend hours in W.H,Smiths, just browsing, my poor children used to dread going to Grange Road to shop, because they knew that's where we'd end up.
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#736482 - 24th Oct 2012 1:45pm Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Tatey]
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Originally Posted By: Tatey
Albistons in Wallasey Village was in that fairly new block on the same side as the school & roughly opposite "Braveheart" butchers. A very nice man & his lovely wife!


i remember albistons.
i got a book voucher as an award from school in 1987 and went and spent it there!
the nice man helped me with my choice of book!

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#738901 - 31st Oct 2012 12:27pm Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Roslynmuse]
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There was one on Charing Cross wasn't there, thought it was called Albiston's :s

Amazon and Ibooks now... Shame. =(

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#739040 - 31st Oct 2012 7:49pm Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: DeanoBirko]
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Originally Posted By: DeanoBirko
There was one on Charing Cross wasn't there, thought it was called Albiston's :s

Amazon and Ibooks now... Shame. =(


Same gentleman

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#743800 - 16th Nov 2012 9:54pm Re: Bookshops - long gone [Re: Tatey]
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Albistons? Was that the bookshop located where I think Atkinson-Loller or Wirral Home Appliances now are on lower end of Oxton Road?

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