Durham Cathedral Bookshop in the Northern Echo Newspaper

Matt Wardman writes:

Today there is an article about the plight of the Durham Cathedral Bookshop in the Northern Echo Newspaper. The article features the petition we started a few weeks ago, which now has more than 300 signatures.

The Messrs Brewer, who control the company that runs the bookshop, did not want to be interviewed.

Storm rages over cathedral shop

AN unholy row has broken out over the running of a cathedral bookshop.

More than 300 people have signed a petition calling on the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral to “rescue” its shop from its US owners.

Critics say Phil and Mark Brewer’s Saint Stephen the Great Trust has “ravaged” the shop, once described as “the best theological bookshop in the world”, leaving it a shadow of its former self.

The trust took over the bookshop from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in November 2006.

Disgruntled opponents have a growing online petition, called Rescuing Britain’s Christian Heritage: Durham Cathedral Bookshop, which invokes a Biblical story of Jesus to support their case.

It reads: “Surely enough is enough.

We urge you (the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral) to take decisive action now to rescue the shop from further decimation…

Read it all


7 responses to “Durham Cathedral Bookshop in the Northern Echo Newspaper

  1. Wow!

  2. Last week the echo ran a story about the Prison’s exhibition in the Cathedral. The article pointed out that crosses made by prison inmates would be sold in the shop. I wonder if the Brewer’s were informed.

  3. Valiant for Truth

    Rescue is also required to end the suffering of staff, former staff, customers, suppliers and others. If the Cathedral authorities have any Christian compassion and a desire to exercise pastoral care, they will put legal action into overdrive status.

  4. Well said VfT. This whole episode should not have gone this far.

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  6. Does anyone know if Durham Cathedral actually has to power to kick them out? If someone else offered to run the shop maybe that would persuede them to get Brewer out?

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