F Weatherhead paper bag

I came across this brown paper bag today while photographing a house that had just been purchased for a major modernisation. It will be a before and after series of photographs.


The bag brought back memories of what used to be a very well known Aylesbury bookshop. It had been located in Kingsbury Square ever since I can remember. I used to buy paperbacks from their outside display, then school and college course books. Later over the years I purchased many new and used books from their amazing shop. I only wish I'd photographed the shop before it disappeared.


Using Google I couldn't trace any reference as to when the shop closed, but Companies House showed F Weatherhead & Son Ltd was dissolved 10/3/98.

  • Oxfordshire Churches PRO 6y

    I remember going in here many times – a wonderful place.
  • John Wilson PRO 6y

    Now the Pizza Express.

    They had some amazing second hand books on Typography & Fonts. I always wondered why and then the penny dropped that it was because of Hazel Watson & Vinney.
  • ewart white PRO 6y

    I remember the books outside at one shilling each!!! I met the son at an auction he was after a rare copy of Baedeker,s Russia. I reckon they could have closed before 1971 I do not recall them using mickey mouse decimal currency.
  • helsbells42 4y

    I have been researching my family tree , weatherheads in aylesbury , dont have a fred yet , but probably a relative , thanks for putting picture on , will add it to my photos .
  • ewart white PRO 4y

    I seem to recall that hs name was Frank and not Fred hope that helps
  • John S. Pipkin PRO 4y

    Wonderful bookshop. In the 1960s a Mr Shaw worked there. He lived on Norfolk Terrace. This bookshop, and Pebble Lane library around the corner, were book heaven on many a Saturday. Thanks for post.
    ~ Commented with Flickr Studio for iPad.
  • Gedinite 4y

    Fantastic store - a bit like the tardis - there seemed to be a never ending supply of books and I've spent many a happy Saturday afternoon there with my kids.
  • ewart white PRO 4y

    I remember Mr Shaw .If my memory serves me(and it does often these days) He was a tall lean man smartly dressed
  • fattmatt200 4y

    Farnk Weatherhead snr (known as Mr) and Frank Weatherhead jnr and then the third generation Nick Weatherhead. The Bookshop was originally based in Folkstone but moved to Aylesbury at the beginning of the 2nd WW. It was further round the corner than 58 kingsbury square in Buckingham St until the 50's when Frank Jr (now owner bought 58). The shop was sold in the mid 80's to Dillons.
  • Steve Bell PRO 4y

    Most interesting update on the origins of Weatherheads, many thanks.

    In 1966 I started work as a TV engineer at Weatherheads TV in Friars Square. We would often get letters intended for the book shop, I used to pop them in to them.

    Now even the well known chain book shops aren't doing well, hit by internet sales. The times are a changing.
  • Steve Bell PRO 3y

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