Cambridge 2000: Sidney Street: Galloway and Porter, 30
|Description: Sidney Street: Galloway and Porter, 30|
|Date built: 1800s|
The building is of no consequence, but the business inside, Galloway
and Porter, was a Cambridge fixture. It was founded in 1902 and
the Porter family took over completely after Galloway left the
business two years later. The firm even published some of its
own books, at least up until the late 1950s.
Already by the 1980s a large part of their business was selling
"damaged" Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press
books, and by the 2000s they had completely moved to selling
remaindered books, because of competition from Amazon and the
like in the new book market. They also had regular 1 and 2
pound per book sales in their Cherry Hinton Road warehouse.
In 2008 the Porter family, like
the Heffer family beforehand,
sold up the business. In April 2010 the business went into
administration. It closed its doors for the last time on
31 May 2010.
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