I’m not entirely sure that I’d ever want to concede that point — I happen to think the bookshop I run at LST is a good contender for the title — but one thing is sure: Durham Cathedral Bookshop today is but a shadow of its former self, one casualty amongst many of the takeover of the SPCK Bookshops by St Stephen the Great. Whatever its former greatness, it is no longer so.
I’d like to see the Cathedral authorities take control of their Bookshop, to disassociate themselves from the Brewers/St Stephen the Great and to ensure that the shop staff are treated with the respect they deserve both as professional booksellers and as workers on the Cathedral premises. I have therefore launched a formal petition to the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral asking them to take decisive action over this matter.
I announced the petition’s launch yesterday on the SSG/SPCK blog:
Rescuing Britain’s Christian Heritage: Durham Cathedral Bookshop
Please read that announcement and if you share my concerns, please read then sign the petition.