History


When you have been in business as long as we have, you will often be asked questions about your history.

 

How long have you been here?

Since 1948, when Basil and Frances Krish bought John Richardson's secondhand bookshop and renamed it as The Sevenoaks Bookshop. As soon as they could they replaced the old books with brand new stock, and that has been our focus ever since.

Who designed your logo?

Our open book and oak leaves device was designed for the Krishes by their friend Robert Ashwin Maynard. He had been a pupil of Walter Sickert and later the first controller of the celebrated Gregynog Press in Wales.

How many people have owned the shop over the years?

Basil Krish sold the business to Winifred Scott in 1985 after 37 years. Valerie Glencross and Sarah Webb-Wilson took over in 2000, and then after another fifteen years Fleur Sinclair became the current owner in 2015.

1977 - Dick Francis signing his latest book

1978 - Monica Dickens signing her autobiography, with staff members Marie Bennett and Joan Randall

1980 - Delia Smith signing 'Cookery Course', with shop owner Basil Krish and staff members Joan Randall and Marie Bennett

1980 - Cliff Richard, with Marie Bennett and other shop staff

We would like to thank Ed Thompson for locating these photographs for us. They are reproduced here with the permission of the Sevenoaks Chronicle.