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Shell Hole


Bob Coulson
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I saw John this week, and he confirmed he would be open on 11th November; closed the next day, as per usual (a Tuesday).

He will also be open the weekend leading up to it - i.e. 9th/10th.

Might see you there!

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  • 9 months later...

Shell Hole misses a great deal of my custom with what I judge to be idiosyncratic opening and closing. Excellent shop, but I often bounce off the front door! Very user-friendly once you can get inside. As my visits to F&F usually involve leading a party of friends round, and being responsive to their developing needs, it is difficult to pre-plan my date/time for a bookshop visit. Just an observation, but clearly I am not the only one with an accessibility problem.

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Must confess I have hardly been able to get in there this year; which is a shame. It has forced me to use the other bookshop; the new one - The British Grenadier - which is in the road leading to the Menin Gate. Am quite impressed with this, and the staff, who are very friendly and helpful.

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An establishment answering the description of the Shell Hole, but not explicitly named as such, appears in a 'For Sale' advert in the current WFA Bulletin.

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Right on both counts - it is up for sale, and the advert in the recent Bulletin was for the Shell Hole. Why they didn't want to name it is beyond me.

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I think the high price asked for the property that may well be the "Shell Hole" reflects the burgeoning and continuing interest in the Great War - so I suppose we should be pleased - or should we fear over commercialisation ?

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