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Thornton's Bookshop (locally known as Thornton's) was the oldest university bookshop in Oxford, England. It was founded in 1835 by Joseph Thornton (1808–1891) in Magdalen Street. [1]


From 1870 the bookshop was located at 11 Broad Street (opposite Balliol College), continued as a family business by five generations of the Thornton family and from 1983 by the Meeuws family, but closed at the end of 2002. [1] The business continues to sell via the Internet and mail order from Faringdon, about 18 miles from Oxford.

The shop premises on Broad Street were frequently used for television adaptations like Brideshead Revisited ,[ citation needed ] and the last Inspector Morse episode The Remorseful Day . [2]

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