Comparing Maps

Phil Groom writes:

Here’s how it was:

Former SPCK Bookshops, map rescued by Open Debate Not Libel Threats

Former SPCK Bookshops, map preserved by Dave Walker, rescued by Open Debate Not Libel Threats

Here’s what’s left, according to Third Space Books:

SSG Bookshops according to Third Space Books, Screenshot taken 12th Nov 2008

SSG Bookshops according to Third Space Books, Screenshot taken 12th Nov 2008

Anyone who has been following the situation will immediately note that this isn’t an accurate picture: Birmingham and Exeter are both now closed, whilst Leic[h!]ester (not on Dave’s map) is independent and Truro is reported to be independent, although there has been speculation that it’s actually a franchise. I believe Newcastle and Sheffield are also closed. This is the list featured alongside the map, again as at 12th November 2008: 

  • Bradford
  • Canterbury
  • Chester
  • Chichester
  • Durham
  • Hereford
  • Manningham
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Poole
  • Salisbury
  • Truro
  • Winchester
  • Worchester [sic]
  • York

The Manningham shop, which isn’t identified on the map, appears to be in a church acquired by SSG in Bradford.

I’m told that when asked about the Exeter shop recently, Philip Brewer said that they no longer have it but he couldn’t remember who they sold it to…


10 responses to “Comparing Maps

  1. It is interesting how geographically unbalanced the new map is, especially if Leicester is deleted – in the eastern half of the country, only Canterbury and Chichester in the far south. I wonder if there is any deliberate policy behind this.

    I’m not sure what the boundaries on the map are supposed to be. In some places they approximate to county boundaries, in others possibly to dioceses. Or are they largely decorative?

  2. The Exeter shop is being filled with posh looking glass cabinets, and the window coverings are coming down. Still no new signs though. I imagine who ever has bought it will be wanting to be open by Christmas. I will take a picture next time I pass.

  3. Peter, there is no deliberate policy about the situation of the bookshops. The only bookshops open are those gifted to SSG with a seven-year covenant (they have to remain bookshops) and those still owned by SPCK but with a promise to hand them over in seven years. At least I think it’s seven years. Haven’t re-read the Dave Walker posts. Might be that I’ve gotten mixed up with Joseph’s Technicolour Dreamcoat.

    So the Brewers no longer have a shop in Exeter but they don’t know who owns it? That made a lot of us laugh out loud. One of us said Phil Groom was having us on.

  4. Newcastle is open and Winchester is closed. Poole is a church and Truro is busy but they pay rent to SSG.

  5. asingleblog: I wish I was having you on about PhiBre and Exeter but that’s exactly what I was told by someone who contacted him about the shop. It’s elephants that never forget, not woolly mammoths…

  6. Phil, I’m off to watch “The Jungle Book” where Colonel Hathi forgot… I just cannot believe that Phil Brewer would lose a shop. If he has sold the shop or is getting rent for it where has that money gone?

  7. Just to clarify: I don’t believe it either. I suspect Mr Brewer has a very selective memory…

  8. Valiant for Truth

    Last time I checked, Newcastle was still open, and Sheffield was closed.

  9. The Chester shop isn’t open.

  10. Sheppard are you sure? Important documents are stored in that shop.

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