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Industry Bookshop
Founded 1797 (1797)
Founder John Hatchard
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations
Parent Waterstones
Website www.hatchards.co.uk
Hatchards at St Pancras railway station

Hatchards is the oldest bookshop in the United Kingdom.[1][2]


The bookshop was founded at 173 Piccadilly, London, by John Hatchard in 1797.[3] It moved within Piccadilly in 1801, to No.189–190; the site of the first shop was cleared in 1810 for the Egyptian Hall to be built. The second shop had a numbering change to 187, in 1820.[4] It still trades today from the same address, and Hatchard's portrait can be seen on the staircase of the shop.

It was founded with a collection of merchandise bought from Simon Vandenbergh, a bookseller of the 18th century.

Hatchards was acquired by William Collins, Sons in 1956. It was bought by Pentos in 1990, and Pentos was later acquired by Waterstone's.[5]


It has a reputation for attracting high-profile authors and holds three Royal Warrants.[3]

Hatchards opened a new store in St Pancras railway station in 2014. The 2,000 sq ft store, opened at the beginning of August, is located next door to a new branch of Fortnum and Mason, continuing a relationship that goes back over two centuries.


  1. ^ Peter Marcan, Directory of Specialist Bookdealers in the United Kingdom Handling Mainly New Books: With Appendices Listing Specialist Directories of Museums, Libraries, and Associations, page 6 (P. Marcan, 1982). ISBN 978-0950421131
  2. ^ Sandra L. Beckett, Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives, page 212 (Routledge, 2009). ISBN 978-0-415-98033-3
  3. ^ a b "Hatchards". Lonely Planet. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Piccadilly, South Side, in Survey of London: Volumes 29 and 30, St James Westminster, Part 1, ed. F H W Sheppard (London, 1960), pp. 251-270 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vols29-30/pt1/pp251-270 [accessed 20 January 2016].
  5. ^ Christopher Hibbert; Ben Weinreb; Julia Keay; John Keay (23 March 2010). The London Encyclopaedia. Macmillan. p. 388. ISBN 978-1-4050-4925-2. 

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