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Assistant manager Jane Nurse
Assistant manager Jane Nurse

End of the story

A shop that has been selling books for more than a hundred years has closed for the last time.

25 Wheeler Gate time line

Pre-1897 - used a a hotel

1897 - becomes a book shop under Sisson and Parker

Early 1980's - becomes known as Hudsons

Late 1980's - becomes known as Dillons

1999 - becomes know as Waterstones

2005 - closes for the last time as a book shop

There's been a book shop at 25 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham since 1897. But from October 2005 it'll be used as a fashion shop.

Sisson and Parker shop front
Sisson and Parker shop front

The site first became home to novels and dictionaries in the 19th century when the partnership of Sisson and Parker transferred their operation from nearby Albert Street.

Sisson and Parker was established in 1854 in Listergate. The Wheeler Gate building they moved into had formerly been a hotel and was known as the Swann building after the man who had designed it.

Interior of the store
Interior of the store in days gone by

Sisson and Parker were a major force in the city. Chances were that if you went to school in Nottingham during the middle of the 20th century you'd have used one of the company's school exercise books.

They printed most of the exercise books in the city and each had the Sisson and Parker name as a subtle form of advertising to remind people about their bookshop.

The company survived more than a hundred years until it became part of a conglomerate. In the early 1980's the Sisson and Parker name was replaced by Hudsons.

The children's section of the book shop
The children's section of the book shop

Book lovers had only just got used to the name when it was changed again. By the late 80's Dillons was the name above the door to be replaced a decade later (1999) by the Waterstones brand (although they never got around to changing the carpet which contained the Dillons logo until the very end).

On Saturday September 24th the bookstore closed for the last time. It'll now be used as a fashion shop with Waterstones transferring stock to its other branch in the city.

The store was locked for the final time by assistant manager Jane Nurse who worked there since 1969.

Do you remember shopping at the Wheelergate book store over the years? What are your memories? How did it change? Use the form below to give us your memories.

last updated: 21/04/06
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David Stoneman
I used to work there from 1984 - 1988 on both the stationery 1st floor and then the ground floor looking after sections like crime, large format etc, some great memories and great friends, Mike Rowe, Gail, Debbie, Tony, it'll be sorely missed :(

Amanda McDonnell-Lyons
I used to work there first on the Academic floor under the lovely Jane Parr and later the General Books Lower Ground as Floor Manager. Jane Nurse was a star, best boss I ever had. I remember when Muhammad Ali visited and the queue was right around the Market Square. Still have pictures to this day.

Tim Watkinson
In the early 1960s the upper floor of Sisson and Parker's shop was one of the first places in the city to stock the then brand new felt tips pens - a set of which were bought for me after I passed a school entrance exam. Later on in my education return trips were made to the top floor to access their extensive collection of career guidance booklets.

Craig McCann
I worked in the Art Department for about 3 years part time from about 1986-89. I remember Jane Nurse and Gail, Martin, Tracey, Alison and Others who worked there at that time. It was a real community place and I enjoyed my time working there.

Marie Decara
i used to play on the grand staircases with my older sister Josie! We raced each other from the bottom to the top. I am truly saddened that the shop I loved so much as a child has turned into another clothing retailer

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