AN ICONIC Stroud shop will close it doors for the last time this weekend after nearly four decades of trading.

One of town’s most celebrated shops, and what many would consider one of the finest second hand bookshops in the country, will close its doors for the last time next week after nearly four decades.

Specialising in pre-loved and out-of-print books, Inprint bookshop in the High Street dates back to 1980, and has always been bursting at the seams with the printed word, items of interest and collectors’ items.

Owners Mike and Joy Goodenough have always described themselves as book junkies who deal to support their habits, and the tiny shop tucked at the top of the High Street is testament to their passion.

Its impressive catalogue included a vast topography collection, in addition to 20th century children’s books, Gloucestershire authors’ work, local history, maps, architecture and more – with a number of handy stools for reaching the books on higher shelves.

The owners have not only kept a town of wordsmiths and book lovers satiated, they have also campaigned tirelessly over the decades to build Stroud into what it is today.

They viewed the opening of their shop was an act of commitment to the town, and over many decades it has provided a base from which to run various campaigns against what some see as the wanton destruction of its architectural heritage and social fabric.

Now, as the town flourishes under the care of a new generation, the pair have decided to hang up their reading glasses for the last time, pass the baton on to others and enjoy a rest.

Mike and Joy Goodenough recorded this special video below to say goodbye to Stroud (the end is our favourite bit!):

SNJ’s Facebook page has filled with tributes as the owners’ final day of trading approached.

Stroud property developer Andrew Watton was among the first to lead the tributes, saying: “I think there should be a wake following the end of this fantastic shop.

“Mike and Joy have contributed so much to Stroud over the years, and the seeds planted which have germinated and blossomed have contributed to the popularity which Stroud now enjoys.”

Becky Thomas, who was born and raised in the Five Valleys described the shop closure as a ‘huge loss’. “It’s a huge loss to Stroud,” she said. “A brilliant and beautiful shop is closing that will be much missed, but a well-deserved retirement for Mike and Joy.”

For those of you who have never been in the shop before make sure you do before it disappears forever.

Inprint is a special piece of Stroud history.

Everyone at the SNJ would like to wish Mike and Joy the very best for all of their future endeavours.

Rare book lovers will still be able to purchase prized printed editions online at