Friday 24 November 2023

A Bad Time for some Thanet Bookshops and some Thanet Archive Photos


This picture is of Saint Augustine's Abbey library in Ramsgate, the shelves are empty because it was taken after the monks left Ramsgate, link to more Saint Augustine's Abbey photos Just at the moment empty bookshelves in Thanet are on my mind.

Broadstairs Bookshop has just closed.

Moon Lane Books in Addington Street is closing on 22nd December 

Westgate’s children’s bookshop The Classroom will be shut by December link to news article

WH Smith is closing link to article

Here at Michel's Bookshop in Ramsgate we are still here with no plans to close. We are fairly busy local history books and secondhand books are already selling Christmas presents and it looks as though the pre-loved book is becoming an ideal and sustainable Christmas present.
Link to the latest books to come in to stock here at Michael's Bookshop
Of course independent bookshops have suffered in most towns and Thanet was no exception.

We do still have Book Bodega Harbour Street Ramsgate and The Margate Bookshop in the old town, Ellington Park charity bookshop, Old Bank Bookshop Margate, Monkton Nature Reserve bookshop, Waterstones at WC, The Works, Margate High St, Ramsgate Garden Centre and WC. WH Smith in Margate and WC. Have I missed anything?

Oh yes The Chapel in Broadstairs.

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