Davis's bookshop in Westgate Road was the largest second-hand bookshop in Newcastle in recent years. Mr Davis had previously run the SPCK shop in Durham so it is not surprising his own shop was strong on theology. Most of the stock was remainders - particularly in the latter years - but there was always a good selection of local history. Davis's also published reprints of regional classics. Looking up at my shelves I see Sopwith's Mining Districts, Wallace's Alston Moor, Fynes's Miners of Northumberland, and Forster's Strata. These were produced in a variety of bindings. Mr Davis optimistically told me he thought the better ones might be suitable for school prizes. I don't remember seeing any among the paperbacks on the table in the City Hall on Speech Day.
Photo from City Archive collection via Howard.