Newcastle bookshops: Thornes

There were also several others which disappeared long before I thought of pointing my Brownie at them. I bought my three-volume Lord of the Rings in the closing down sale of Dring's in Savile Row. The SPCK round the corner in Ridley Place was more than just a church supplier. The rather grand Mawson, Swan and Morgan at the Monument had a large book department in the basement. T G Allan across the road in Blackett Street was a large newsagent and bookseller which became a John Menzies before it shut. In Grainger Street the oddly-named North of England School Furnishing was a long, narrow shop selling books and stationery. Thorne's had several shops on Percy Street serving the university and was probably the town's main bookshop before the chains arrived.

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