Welcome to the second last bookshop

Owner of The Last Bookshop, Jake Pumphrey, left, and manager Patrick Curran

Owner of The Last Bookshop, Jake Pumphrey, left, and manager Patrick Curran Buy this photo

First published in News

AN OXFORD independent bookshop is branching out by going back to its roots.

A new branch of The Last Bookshop is set to reopen today in Jericho, just yards from the store’s first site on Walton Street.

Owners Jake Pumphrey and Nick Walsh also manage a wholesale business from a warehouse near Abingdon and their second Oxford bookshop will also include a cafe.

Mr Pumphrey said: “Jericho has lots of literary connections, from scenes in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, to Colin Dexter’s The Dead of Jericho, and Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights and Lyra’s Oxford. It’s the perfect setting for a bookshop and we’re delighted to be returning to the area, particularly as it was the setting for the launch of the Last Bookshop mini-chain.

“Jericho was once the stopping place for visitors entering Oxford, and we hope that customers will stop in our new shop.”

The first Last Bookshop opened in Walton Street in 2009, but had to close down three years later to make way for student accommodation and new shops.

Oxford Mail:

  • The shop’s original premises in Walton Street, Jericho 

Mr Pumphrey and Mr Walsh also run Last Bookshops in New Inn Hall Street as well as in Bristol and Salisbury.

They started Pumpkin Books in Gloucester Green in 1994 and established Pumpkin Wholesale in 2000 and together their businesses now employ 20 people.

Mr Pumphrey said: “We are delighted we have found another city centre location. Oxford has long been a centre for writing, publishing and bookselling, and we are determined to do our bit to help keep this tradition going.

“The Last Bookshop name was chosen as a rebuke to those who predicted the death of the book with the rise of e-readers and the internet, and we’re continuing to prove that customers still value the traditional bookshop experience.”

The store will open in a unit previously occupied by Movies Video Rental which closed last year.

The area also features The Albion Beatnik bookshop in Walton Street.

Our top stories:

Update: Tribute left to Jan, Phil, and Derin and "my gorgeous boy Jed" + videos

Oxford Mail:

8:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

ARMED police have been seen in Oxford University Parks as the hunt continues for Jed Allen over a triple murder in Didcot.

The Rifles march through Oxford for first time after getting Freedom of the City

Oxford Mail:

10:39am Sunday 24th May 2015

INFANTRYMEN of The Rifles regiment are marching through Oxford this morning for the first time.

FOOTBALL: Mike Ford is relishing challenge after taking over as Banbury United boss

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 23rd May 2015

Former Oxford United captain Mike Ford is relishing a return to management with Banbury United, after spending more than a year out of the game.

Jury told fire started because businessman thought best man was having affair with wife

Oxford Mail:

8:29am Friday 22nd May 2015

A HOUSE fire that forced people to jump for their lives was started by a businessman who accused his best man of having an affair with his wife, a jury heard.

UPDATE: Missing woman Rachel Selby from Banbury found safe

Oxford Mail:

3:16pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A WOMAN who went missing from Banbury has been found, police said

Person hit by train between Slough and Reading likely to affect Oxford rail services to London

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

3:24pm Friday 22nd May 2015

TRAINS from Oxford could be disrupted after a person was hit by a train between Slough and Reading.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree