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2022 Update

Mar 23rd, 2022 | By

It has been a hard two years – one minute we’re open, then next closed. But now we are open again and from 28th March, 2022 we should be back to relative normality with the shop staying open until 5p.m., which is our summer opening time. This will continue until Saturday 29th October. On Monday

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Covid-19 Update

Jul 19th, 2020 | By

Due to the Covid-19 situation these are our opening times: July on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. At the beginning of August we will be open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Masks must be worn when entering the Centre. We do have them for sale at £1 each if you

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New Antiques Quiz Show

Sep 24th, 2015 | By

Would you like to be on a brand new exciting BBC One quiz show with an antiques twist? The show is an antiques and vintage quiz show, hosted by Fern Britton, called ‘For What It’s Worth’.  They are currently looking for pairs of contestants who have a nose for a bargain and an interest in

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Vintage Telephones and the use of plastic

Feb 9th, 2015 | By

Early telephones were large and cumbersome objects, but the invention and development of plastics had a profound and lasting impact on telephone design. The first moulded telephones were produced in the mid 1920’s with the improvements in Bakelite manufacture making it a much more practical material to use. At a similar time the transmitter design

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Welcome to our newest dealers!

Jul 15th, 2014 | By
Vintage Jewellery

  July saw the arrival of Vernon Parker Silver at the Antiques Centre.  Vernon and Barbara have taken a cabinet and together they offer high quality antique silver and jewellery.  Stock includes 18th and 19th century silver by makers such as Mappin and Webb, Asprey and Garrards. Included in the cabinet are high class pieces of vintage jewellery by Georg

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The Origins of The Teddy Bear

Jul 12th, 2014 | By
Teddy Bears

The soft bear we know as the Teddy Bear hales from the Edwardian period as earlier bear toys were mainly mechanical and very true to the breed in look and style. There is much debate about the origins of the phrase ‘Teddy Bear’, but there is no doubt that they are named after Pesident Theodore

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Picture Framing and Frames Restoration

Jul 7th, 2014 | By
Frames Restoration

For almost 20 years I was involved in producing hand finished picture frames for the top end of the art market working for art dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide.  I‘ve been lucky enough to get close up and personal to many great works of art including paintings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Cezanne.  Frames I

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Welcome To Our New Website

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

Hello, I’m Mandy Allen and I would like to welcome you to the new website of Shirehall Plain Antiques Centre. To navigate the site please use the tabs above this post, which will take you to our current pages.  You can hover over them to see a drop down list which will enable you to

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