Category Archives: History

A new beginning – Wilmslow’s best sellers

Recent book customers at Oxfam Wilmslow may have noticed brightly coloured postit notes on the end papers of our books on the shelves. We have been removing these at the cash desk, counting them and recording the figures. As a result, we … Continue reading

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What are you looking for when you are tempted into a charity bookshop?

Occasionally, I am looking for something specific: an author, a title or a subject. But often I’m hoping to be surprised by a curiosity …  something that becomes an impulse-buy. Today’s suggestion is a little something that might be difficult … Continue reading

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Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Today’s story comes from a big battered volume. It must have been a lifetime’s labour of love and was published in 1880 by J P Earwaker. The work was dedicated to his father, James Earwaker of Brocklands, Alderley Edge. “Alderley … Continue reading

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To Harrods for Satin Pantaloons

Every November, when I was a child, my parents had anxious communication with cousins in a remote Pembrokeshire village. We needed to know what to buy my great aunt for Christmas. Every Christmas the answer was the same and it … Continue reading

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Isn’t there something delightful about a Pax Ting?

This thin little book does a good PR job for the Guides. I was astonished and impressed to see that the first Girl Guide World camp was held in Hungary in July/August 1939. With the imminent threat of war there … Continue reading

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What does Rolls Royce mean to you?

I hadn’t given this question much thought until we had the Wilmslow motor show here last summer. It was a successful event: a sunny day, thousands of people, pubs, bars and cafes full and, of course, some great motoring attractions. … Continue reading

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Will you buy these books to remember a passing era or because they are cheaper than wallpaper?

This pile of  books is testament to the printing trade: a trade that has changed beyond recognition in recent years. The volumes are beautifully produced by the best professionals and are a reminder of how things used to be done. … Continue reading

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What were you doing in 1982?

We have a bundle of local Wilmslow newspapers from the early 1980s.  Many issues are recognisable – the traffic, the management of Lindow Common, local schools. It’s good to see the houses on sale at sensible prices. Animal Rights Activists … Continue reading

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How to judge a book by its cover

I thought this book was promising before even reading the crucial first paragraph. My clues were Its weight. This is a big book of  905 pages but it still seems heavier than it might have been. Good quality paper soundly … Continue reading

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Can the Royal Family raise money for Oxfam Wilmslow?

One of the least interesting arguments in defence of the Monarchy is that it the Royal Family is good for trade. So let’s see if our shop window celebrating Royal events helps us raise any money for Oxfam. These commemorative editions span the … Continue reading

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