Call us today 0115 9 100 200

Actons Solicitors Supports the Acquisition of Sam Read Bookshop in Grasmere, Cumbria

The Corporate and Property Teams at Actons Solicitors were pleased to support the acquisition of Sam Read Bookshop in Grasmere, Cumbria.

On October 24th, the iconic independent bookstore, which has been a Lake District institution for over a century, passed into the hands of Will Smith and Polly Atkin, marking them the seventh generation of ownership.

Established in Grasmere in 1887, November 2023 will mark 128 years of continual business from the current premises in Broadgate House.

Peter Flowerday, Head of Corporate and Commercial Team at Actons Solicitors, commented, “It’s a privilege for our teams to be a part of such a significant transition in Grasmere’s literary history. The Sam Read Bookshop is more than a store; it’s a testament to the passion for literature that resonates within this community. We are thrilled to facilitate its legacy moving forward under the stewardship of Will and Polly.”

Actons Solicitors continues to demonstrate its commitment to local businesses, ensuring their growth and success within the community.


If you’re looking for advice on expanding your business through an acquisition, want to plan your business exit or for any other business legal advice, please contact a member of our Corporate & Commercial Team directly for a no-obligation chat about your options or send us an email

Posted on November 23, 2023

This website uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience and deliver personalised ads. By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyse site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.

More Information Accept All Cookies