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Banstead Village

The IBIS Bookshop. OPEN . . . but not for long
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The IBIS Bookshop. OPEN . . . but not for long

The IBIS Bookshop shown here prior to refurbishment.

It seems that the Ibis Bookshop will close at the end of March 2014.

Please record your memories of visiting this long standing Village bookshop.
Picture added on 11 March 2014 at 18:10
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I was a pupil at Aberdour School from 1933 to 1937. The Ibis Book shop was a joy. It had all the Just William Books and a very sympathetic owner. On a visit to England in 2010 I visited it. Nothing had changed. Now, at least the name is for all to see.
Added by John Vinson on 21 April 2014
I was a frequent visitor to the Ibis as a child during the 60s and 70s. I distinctly remember its' cosy and welcome feel. It will be missed. There are so few shops that I recognise now from my childhood in Banstead. Now there is one less. Very sad.
Added by Philippa mahoney nee Baker on 21 April 2014
My grandmother, Alma Hannaghan worked there in the fifties . I used the shop in the 60s .I remember that it sold records as well as books . Great little shop
Added by Geoff Moore on 19 November 2015
I remember the "Ibis" well. I used it often and the then owner Martyn Goff was always helpful and would get you any books that he did not have in stock. Very sad that it has now gone from the village. It will be sorely missed I have no doubt.
Added by Tony F. Collinson on 26 September 2017
The Ibis - a fine Banstead bookshop and still much missed. The original owner in the 1950s was the flamboyant author Martyn Goff, who for many years was Administrator of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He was also an author and a classical music expert of some note.

In the 1950s, the Ibis also sold gramophone records of classical music, and as a boy I remember being rather awed by the almost hallowed atmosphere created by books and quiet music in the background.

It was here, in 1958, that I bought (thanks to a school prize) ‘Teach Yourself Journalism’, a book that set me on the path to a writing career that served me well for more than half a century.
Two years later, I began work as a junior reporter on the ‘Banstead Herald’. That copy of ‘Teach Yourself Journalism’ is still on my bookshelf – and turning the pages half a century later, I note that "journalism is no profession for the delicate in health and the physical weakling... many qualities of mind and character spring from a sound and healthy constitution... the journalist must be a person of higher than average intelligence... the slow-witted and the lazy-minded will find no happy resting place in the field of journalism". Hah!

And how about this? "It is not difficult for a reporter in Fleet Street to earn well over £1,000 a year, especially if he is prepared to do a sixth day’s work a week as voluntary overtime." ("He", please note!) In my first year, my weekly wage was £3 2s 6d (£3.25) – that’s £169 a year – and the thought of £1,000 a year was the holy grail, the stuff of wild dreams, all launched thanks to the Ibis in Banstead.

Added by Peter Denton on 01 October 2017
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