Contacting John Townsend

John Townsend holds an honours degree in Latin. Many years ago, as a leisure pursuit, he traced his Townsend ancestors back to the marriage in 1638 of Erasmus Townsend, a basket maker, soldier and vagrant. Through this he developed his interest in and knowledge of various aspects of genealogy and family history.


John Townsend
33 Bishops Drive,


RG40 1WA .

(private premises)

Phone: (0118) 978 5463


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His business as an antiquarian bookseller and genealogist was established in 1991. Occasional catalogues are issued, containing books and manuscripts on genealogy, local history, topography, and heraldry. Selections from stock are exhibited at occasional book fairs and family history fairs.


John Townsend is very active in relevant book markets and buys widely. This results in a rapid turnround of high quality books in specialist areas, which can be offered at lower than usual prices. A high degree of customer satisfaction is maintained, not only through having the right books and describing them carefully but also by providing constant service to customers; this ranges from prompt despatch of well packed parcels to listening carefully to customer needs and enquiries. Why not try us?