Swindon Bookshop on Lock Road [c.1973-2020] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Swindon Bookshop on Lock Road [c.1973-2020]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1973-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 

Located at 13-15 Lock Road, TST in Anson House (date of first occupation 09/12/1963).

It's unclear when Swindon opened this store, it's visible on a photo attributed to 1973. So they probably had two stores, one on Nathan Road, and the other on Lock Road.

Update: the shop closed 31 July, 2020.

Swindon bookstore operates online only.

Photos that show this place


SCMP from 29 July, 2020 reports:

Hong Kong’s oldest bookshop Swindon to close after decades, wrapping up final chapter amid Covid-19 struggles

  • Bookstore to shut Lock Road outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui where it has been for decades
  • Company to move operations online as it faces HK$3.71 million bill for unpaid rent

The coronavirus pandemic claimed another victim on Wednesday, as Hong Kong’s oldest bookshop announced it would be closing after decades and moving operations online.

Swindon Book Company Ltd, which was founded in 1918, said it would shut its Lock Road outlet in the heart of the city on Friday.


I am sorry to hear that Swindon bookshop closed last year. This is just to say that the Tsim Sha Tsui shop can be seen in the background of a scene in the James Bond film, 'The Man With The Golden Gun', near the beginning of the film, after Bond has left the Bottoms Up Club!