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List of Bookshops

One of the easiest and most useful place to research the history of British Roads is in second hand bookshops - most frequently with maps.

The easiest maps to get hold of are probably Ordnance Survey one inch (pre 1974) or 1:50,000 "Landranger" (post 1974) maps - these are perennially popular and should be fairly easy to build up a sizeable collection. Most second hand bookshops have a couple, usually tucked away in a box somewhere that nobody's interested in!

Map Editions

See the following links for details of sheet numbers, names, revisions etc. This is still work in progress!



Ken Spelman
70 Micklegate, York YO1 6LF

A good selection of New Popular and Seventh Series maps.

Westwood Books
Long Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5AH

South East

Alton Secondhand Books
43 Normandy Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1DQ

A reasonable selection of maps - all sorts of varieties.

Baggins Book Bazaar
19 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1PY

The first floor has about five or six long shelves crammed full of New Popular Edition and Seventh Series OS maps, plus a few other touring guides and road atlases from yesteryear. Worth a visit.

The Chaucer Bookshop
6 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2NY‎

There is a small selection of maps tucked in one corner. It has a particularly good selection of Bartholemew Maps from the 1920s.

Kim's Bookshop
10, High St, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB

A reasonable selection of maps - all sorts of varieties.

South West

Unit 1-2, Hallatrow Business Park, Wells Rd, Hallatrow, Bristol, BS39 6EX (junction of A39/A37)

Huge warehouse full of books, with a large selection of old maps and road atlases. Navigation is not always easy!


Caledonia Books
483 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HL

Several boxes downstairs, and a couple upstairs too.

Leakey's Second Hand Bookshop
Greyfriars Hall, Church St, Inverness, IV1 1EY

Large selection of OS and Barts, but not the cheapest.

Voltaire & Rousseau
18, Otago Lane, Glasgow, G12 8PB

Hidden just round the corner from Caldonia Books, and offering a fine selection of well-priced old maps in the cluttered shop! Worth persevering.


Hay on Wye

Huge selection of secondhand bookshops, many of which have a stock of old maps. A whole day could easily be spent here...
From Memory, Hay Cinema, Addyman and Richard Booth are the largest stores, although I cannot remember if they all have maps.

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