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Press Release. 10th March 2014

Adrian Harrington Ltd is very pleased to announce that it has bought the premises and business of Hall’s Bookshop in Chapel Place, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Sabrina Izzard is retiring and has said how happy she is that the business is continuing and will be good for another 100 years!


Adrian has appointed an architect in Tunbridge Wells, Stephen Langer, who has drawn up some exciting plans which include bringing the basement into the life of the shop. Hall’s was founded in 1898 and Stephen and Adrian are keenly aware of the shop's iconic place in the heart of Tunbridge Wells and its inhabitants.

The plan is to keep the building's essential character whilst making it fit for future generations of book lovers to enjoy. The basement will become gallery space offering posters, prints, maps, and engravings whilst Hall’s will continue its normal life on the ground floor. And in answer to one blogger; 2 noughts will not be added to all of the prices at Hall’s. The great tradition of good books at sensible prices will remain in force. We would rather sell them than store them. In the late summer, Adrian Harrington Rare Books will move to the first floor at the newly restored premises. In the mean time we remain at our shop at 64A Kensington Church Street.


In order to achieve all of this the building needs to be completely refurbished, retaining much of its original external features and we hope, all of its character and charm. To this end we are also pleased to announce a half price sale of existing stock. From this coming Wednesday, 10th March, until the 12th of April, all of the books in the shop will be sold at half of their marked price. We would rather sell them than move them into temporary storage. During this time Hall’s will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 9.30 to 5.00 pm and be looked after by Lucas Boulding, who will be very familiar to Hall’s customers.

Hall’s has a long and illustrious history and has, from its beginning been at the heart of the town. The legendary Harry Pratley, who was at Hall’s from 1919 to 1967, was president of the ABA from 1959 to 1960. It seems somehow appropriate for another past president to be taking over.

For more on the history of the shop you should look at Sheila Markham’s excellent interview with Sabrina Izzard at http://www.sheila-markham.com/Archives/sizzard.htm.


For those of you who are interested there are a superb collection of photographs, taken recently, at http://www.thetunbridgewellsproject.co.uk/galleries/halls-bookshop/. They fully capture the atmosphere of the shop. To follow our progress you can do so on our own website; www.harringtonbooks.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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