Goodbye, and thanks, Barbican Bookshop

Bookshop window

The Barbican Bookshop is closing down. They’ve been here on Fossgate for decades, with all those rooms of secondhand books in a shop apparently small when you see it from the front before you realise that it goes back such a long way from the street, and up narrow stairs.

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From fish to fine ale on Fossgate

1898 building
Fossgate has many handsome buildings. Here’s one of them. Its fancy frontage is lavishly adorned, topped with an eagle, and proudly proclaims that the building dates from 1898. I’ve taken photos of it several times over the years. But … More …

Army and Navy Stores, Fossgate


During a wander down Fossgate recently I had a look through the closed doors of the now empty Army and Navy Stores. Not quite empty. Near the door a handwritten sign advertises ‘umbrella / walking stick … More …