A Sad Day in Cambridge: Galloway & Porter, RIP June 18, 2010Posted by Phil Groom in Bookshop Ramblings.
Tags: Bookshop Closure, Bookshops, Cambridge, Galloway & Porter
Sue and I went to Cambridge today: Sue on church business, me to wander around the bookshops and drink coffee. I always enjoy poking around Cambridge’s bookshops: bit of a busman’s holiday, I suppose, but I’m an addict.
The Park & Ride features hi-tech advertising these days, with scrolling headlines from cambridge-news.co.uk: it told me that Libra Aries, one of Cambridge’s independent bookshops, is due to close on Sunday. Not an auspicious start to the day: it brought back memories of another trip to Cambridge, back in 2008, during the SPCK bookshops debacle.
I was right to read it as an omen: here’s the sight that broke my heart:
I loved that shop: it was more than a shop — it was an institution. There was rarely a visit to Cambridge when Sue and I didn’t leave with an armful of books from Galloway & Porter: they had a superb theological section and almost always had some gems in stock at prices we couldn’t resist.
Galloway & Porter, RIP. We miss you.