This Way Books - selection of seaside guide books.
This Way Books – a selection of vintage seaside holiday guide books.


FAMILY HISTORY UPDATE 2023 – we still have good stocks of most Cassini Historical Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales. To see more details, please click on the Cassini Historical Maps tab above.

We don’t have the maps listed online but if you are interested, please contact us using the contact page on this website. THANK YOU!

We also have a shop on Ebay where we sell all sorts of historical printed ephemera items – do come and have a browse!

UPDATE as at AUGUST 2023 – We’ve had a great year so far with lots of Book Fairs & Vintage Markets attended, and there are plenty more for the Autumn and Winter. There are TWO Family History Fairs – the big London Family History Show at Kempton Park Racecourse on Saturday 2nd September followed by the West Surrey FHS event in Woking on Saturday 4th November. We will have Cassini Historical Ordnance Survey Maps, London historical publications & Maps PLUS an interesting selections of New SHIRE books at Discount prices! 

On the Book Fair front we hade a brand new event back in March, the Alton (Hampshire) Book Fair is a new venture on Sundays. For the 18th June event it was expanded to two halls and we return there on Sunday 17th September and again on Sunday 17th December.  We also continue to attend the Lyndhurst Book Fair, Castle Cary Vintage Market, Giant Shepton Flea Market and the Sherborne Independent Book Fair. We are also privileged to have been invited as a Guest Exhibitor to the Sherborne and Devizes PBFA Book Fairs. 

Please keep an eye on our list of events which we will update as soon as we have firm bookings arranged. You can also see updates on our Facebook page and on Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming old and new customers this year, come and find that little treasure you didn’t know you wanted (and please say ‘Hello, we saw your website (and/or our FACEBOOK page’, there’s lots of pix there)!

Come & meet us! We attend FAMILY HISTORY FAIRS and BOOK FAIRS throughout the year – please click on the EVENTS & FAIRS 2023 page to find the next fair or visit our ONLINE SHOP (or just click on the red letters).

We specialise in original, vintage official Town, Parish, County & Church guide books and historical Ordnance Survey Maps (Cassini Maps). We have good stocks of most counties – please ask if you are interested in a particular place in England & Wales.

Most original guides contain local histories, information, photographs, street maps and advertisements for local businesses. They are useful publications for Family & Local Historians, Researchers, Genealogists, Map Collectors, Tourists, Walkers, Homeowners and those looking to explore the way we used to live and the places we and our families have known.

We also sell at Family History Fairs the popular new series of Cassini Historical Ordnance Survey Maps – enlarged historical maps from the 1800s to the 1920s which match the scale and coverage of modern Ordnance Survey Landranger maps – simply place a Cassini Historical OS Map alongside it’s modern equivalent to see how places have changed over the years. It has never been easier to compare your area from the past to the present!

Please visit our Facebook page for updates and information & pictures of events (please see the link on our BLOG page).