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(April 3, 2015) Mike Abbott‎ In the early 60s I worked in The Strand and two of my favourite record shops were Dobells and Templar Books, the former in Charing Cross Road, the latter off Leicester Square. Later in the 60s I was back working in the WC2 area and one of my favourite record shops was The Magic Phonograph in Soho Square...Templar Books was a bookshop with a developed records section. I knew it well in the early 1960s. It was located in Irving Street which runs between Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square, on the right if you were walking in from Charing Cross Rd. In the early 60s I bought a number of import LPs including 'After Midnight' by Nat Cole Trio, and a double from Atlantic Records, 'The Ray Charles Story'. I went back 20 or so years later and bought the CD version of 'After Midnight' (illustrated). Glad I didn't remove Templar's price tag...

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I worked with Templar Records both in their Irving Street and later at the High Holborn shop. Great to to in ar the beginning of the CD era when record companies released their back catalogue
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Andrew Thorpe
(2019)

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Yes. I remember those stickers with an orange background.
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Andrew Thorpe


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Yes I remember visiting Templar Records Leicester Square almost on a weekly basis
(when I got paid!) in the early 1990s. In early digital for example the Alban Berg Quartet's EMI Mozart which came out on single
CDs which spurred me to hear them live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, plus other great recordings like Colin Davis's Philips Berlioz Les Troyens (transferred to CD) They charged full whack but the service was good. As I remember, there was an elderly guy in charge and his younger assistant which may well have been Andrew!!!!
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David Murphy
(2021)

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Yes. The younger assistant was probably me.
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Andrew Thorpe
(2022)

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I was just listening to - and enjoying - my copy of "The Pollwinners" (Barney Kessel, Shelley Manne and Ray Brown) which I bought from the High Holborn shop around spring 1988. It was £2.75... reduced from £5.45. The LP was a reissue of a 1957 album. Happy days..
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Clive Webb
(2022)

Hi there, love reading these comments.

Templar Records was owned by my grandfather John. My great-grandma Lena also worked there.

Andrew - I remember meeting you when I was a child! They were also the first to sell Lady Chatterley's Lover and got featured on ITV news. John also worked there with his brother Gerald.

Here's the link below to the ITV segment- you can hear my great-grandma calling out, 'Only one book per person'! The other man working there was Gerald.


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Damien Bilton
06 Jun 2023 at 09:32
My first job was in Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1978. I used to love going to Templar Records in High Holborn. My first purchases were Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon and Kaya by Bob Marley. The fella who worked there loved Marc Bolan and I also bought a U.S. import of The Slider by T.Rex. Great memories.
Gavin Freedman
09 Oct 2023 at 12:40
Hi there, love reading these comments.

Templar Records was owned by my grandfather John. My great-grandma Lena also worked there.

Andrew - I remember meeting you when I was a child!

They were also the first to sell Lady Chatterley's Lover and got featured on ITV news.

John also worked there with his brother Gerald.

Here's the link below to the ITV segment - you can hear my great-grandma calling out, 'Only one book per person'! The other man working there was Gerald.

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AgpfwQVsyN_dmvYAHyLVtBEaHG1caA?e=BxylXq
Dave Harwood
05 Dec 2023 at 05:43
I found this classifie advert in the 'Westminster & Pimlico News' dated 23rd November 1973:
“GRAMOPHONE RECORDS: SMART YOUNG LADY required for busy record shop. Permanent position, no Saturdays. Apply to: TEMPLAR RECORDS, 86 High Holborn, W.C.1. TELEPHONE 242 5454.”

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