About UsHarold Storey originally established Storey’s as an antiquarian bookshop in 1929. His son Norman later joined him. At the outbreak of war Norman joined the bomber command as a rear gunner. He was only nineteen when, in his first operation, his Lancaster came under attack from a night fighter. He deliberately aimed to miss, and hoped that the German fighter would do the same, he soon corrected his aim.
Norman went on to complete a full tour of twenty-eight operations. Having been lucky to survive, because of a shortage of gunners, he was placed on a second tour. Following the war Norman worked with his father and later assisted by his wife Audrey, until 1984 when he sold the business to my father Ted Kingswood.
Norman and Audrey Storey
Ted had worked in publishing from a young age and had travelled widely in Asia and Africa. As third world countries had developed and new universities emerged he would supply their libraries with much-needed journals and periodicals.
As this business became more difficult the opportunity of moving in to Cecil
Court was very welcomed and Ted swapped his passport for a train ticket.
I have worked along side my father at Storey’s since 1984 and have now succeeded him. The shelves of antiquarian books have long gone and the business now specialises in antiquarian prints and maps.
We have a stock of over 15,000 original antique prints and maps, which are spread over the three Galleries.
Our extensive collection of engravings covers subjects such as topography, sports, botanicals, architecture and nature to name but a few. However because of the number of items in stock we have chosen to focus only on our specialist subjects for the Storey’s website, Maps, Caricatures, Military and Naval.
We are proud to have acquired many rare original prints and maps over the years, and our extensive stock is constantly changing. If there should be something in particular that you are searching for we may be able to source it for you.