London's First Railway Bookstall
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London's First Railway Bookstall

William Henry Smith opened the first bookstall here in 1848


William Henry Smith PC (24 June 1825 - 6 October 1891) was born in London, the son of William Henry Smith (1792-1865).

He was educated at Tavistock Grammar School before joining the business with his father in 1846. As a result of his involvement, the business became a household name (W H Smith), and the practice of selling books and newspapers at railway stations began.

And so to Euston, the location of the first railway bookstall in the UK and London.

Location: Euston Station, NW1 2HS