City Bookshop (J & D Clarke)
A member of the PBFA since the late 1980s, David Clarke and his wife and business partner Joy came to bookselling in the mid 1980s when they opened an antiques centre in one of Norwich’s many redundant medieval churches (Norwich has more medieval churches within its walls than any other North European city - currently thirty-five still stand from over fifty).
They established a cafe in the chancel, an antiques centre in the nave and the transepts were home to their book and print shops. Specialising in local topography and children’s books, they traded successfully for twenty years until the footfall was affected by circumstances beyond their control and they passed the lease to the now defunct SPCK.
A few years ago the Clarkes were fortunate to be able to purchase their present premises – two adjoining shops with two floors above situated in the centre of Norwich and surrounded by major multiple chain stores. Here they have traded profitably on the premise that heavy footfall leads to the sale of lots of books, with the added pleasure of face to face contact with customers.
They are also fortunate that space allows them to include an exhibition room used for special book sales, with space for art exhibitions and periodic displays of rare books.
10 & 10a Davey Place, Norwich, NR2 1PQ