Gladstone Books
Second-hand, Antiquarian, Out-of-print, Rare & As-new
Proprietor: Ben Mepham: purveyor of ideas, information and imaginative conceptions.
Described by the Project and Communications Manager of UNESCO City of Literature: Nottingham (click A below) as a
“small but perfectly-formed bookshop”

The Shambles antique centre
4, Westgate
Lincoln LN1 4AS

OPEN: Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11.00 – 16.00
and Sunday: 12.00 – 16.00

It is also open on most days in December



The location in Lincoln

Gladstone Books is located on the first floor of The Shambles antiques centre at 4 Westgate, Lincoln (see map below). This is at the top of Steep Hill, next to Greggs the bakers, which is on the corner of Bailgate and Westgate. Conveniently, there is a large car park in Westgate situated nearby, just north of Lincoln Castle. Free on-street parking, for one hour, is often available – but it may be difficult to find a vacant space at busy times.

In a part of the city known as The Cultural Quarter, this is a particularly attractive area of ancient Lincoln, with the imposing Lincoln Cathedral (the West Front of which is shown above) and Roman Newport Arch close by, and the cobble-stoned Steep Hill leading down to the town centre. Nearby, are many pubs, cafes, restaurants and interesting independent shops.

Gladstone Books occupies a room on the first floor of the building, which was formerly occupied by members of the Christian Science movement. In a curiously appropriate way, the room that was then designated the Reading Room (effectively, ‘the library’) will be again stocked with books – but not now bearing any resemblance to the original collection!

The Shambles: doors are pushed back fully when OPEN
I have nick-named the room the Dickensian Shop – which seems to aptly describe its cosy nature and many small-paned ‘front window’- making it a ‘room within a room.’ A chair and desk are available for genuine browsers.

I shall usually only be present in person for a one day per week but, although it cannot be guaranteed, that day might sometimes be arranged for the convenience of regular customers.

The books and their owner

About 2500 good quality books are on display, with extensive selections of history, poetry, essays, biographies, local and natural history, gardening, agriculture, various arts, philosophy, science, technology, sociology, politics, classical fiction and reference books. Most books are hardback, and include antiquarian, rare and some brand-new books. Prices charged are very modest – as I regard this to be more of a service than a business

As a retired university professor, I have spent a lifetime which has been much involved with books - as author, editor, reviewer, collector and latterly, for over 15 years, book dealer. For the last two years the Gladstone Bookshop has been based at Southwell, Notts, where it received several unsolicited recommendations (click button A). But changing personal circumstances mean that opportunities to open the shop became limited - resulting in the return to this Lincoln antique centre, where it was previously located and longer opening times can be maintained.

A catalogue of all books in stock - including many not currently shelved in the book room - is being compiled, and updates will be posted on line from time-to-time (click button C). This catalogue is primarily intended to provide information to enable customers to make purchases at the The Shambles in Lincoln, or, possibly by personal arrangement, at other locations in the Newark/ Southwell area.

The Gladstone Review

For information on the Gladstone Review, an e-journal that is to be posted on this website approximately quarterly, click button B below. Copies of this publication were formerly emailed only to regular subscribers, but in future it will be freely available to all who access this website.

Ben Mepham

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Author of 'Bioethics' (Oxford University Press)
Founder Director of the Food Ethics Council
Fellow of Royal Society of Biology
Listed second-hand and antiquarian book dealer