Antique hunting in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has become almost synonymous with antiques,
offering the widest range available outside London and in a considerably more congenial environment.

Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden are particularly fruitful destinations for antique buyers
with a large number of specialist dealers within gentle strolling distance.

Stow-on-the-Wold

Our favourite antique destination is the Durham House antiques centre in Sheep Street in Stow-on-the-Wold.Cotswolds B&B - Durham House Antiques, Stow-on-the-Wold Converted from the stable block of one of Stow's old coaching inns, this centre is now home to over 30 dealers in four showrooms covering furniture, paintings, silver, glass and ceramics.

This centre seems to have some of the best prices you can find in the Cotswolds and they are particularly adept at finding items to meet your specifications if they don't have them in stock.

Just across the road from Durham House is Holly Cottage where you can find beautifully-presented smaller items, including silver, porcelain and clocks. A treasure trove!


Other dealers worth a visit in Stow include:

The Fox Cottage antiques centre in Digbeth Street does not have a website but their small premises are packed with some great bargains, particularly in porcelain, glass, silver and ceramics.

Christopher Clarke Antiques, Stow-on-the-Wold
In The Fosseway Christopher Clarke carries a good stock of English oak and mahogany furniture with a particular specialisation in campaign furniture. Also leather goods, animal figures and what, for want of a better word, we might call 'incunabula'. A nice mix.


Duncan Baggott has two showrooms in Stow, the main showroom in Church Street, the other at Huntsmans Yard. Their website displays their full range with admirable cataloguing detail whilst their showrooms contain almost everything you would need to furnish a beautiful manor house.

Huntingdon Antiques, Stow-on-the-WoldHuntington Antiques in Church Street still displays extraordinary pieces of early furniture of exhibition and museum grade.  You may find a medieval pulpit, an Aubusson tapestry and a 16th century refectory table - all of impeccable quality and provenance.

Cirencester

William H. Stokes in Dollar Street displays a great selection of early oak furniture straight from the pages of Country Life (literally).

Tetbury

Cotswolds B&B - Jester Antiques - TetburyTetbury has seen a real renaissance in recent years and, although a little further away from us, we now visit the town regularly for antique browsing.

Jester Antiques in Church Street have a good range of furniture, but are particularly rewarding if you are in search of a clock with an excellent range of both mantle and longcase clocks on show.

Further down Long Street the enormous and sensibly-named Long Street Antiques Centre contains about 40 dealers offering just about every conceivable item you could wish to find.

Chipping Norton

Cotswolds B&B Station Mill Antiques
Station Mill
Antique Centre is a bargain hunters paradise for "kitchenalia" and less expensive collectables from over 70 different dealers.
The centre even has its very own tea room too.

Chipping Campden

Cotswolds B&B - Chipping Campden Antiques A trip to Chipping Campden is always worthwhile and a visit to Paul Rayner at The Brew House on the High Street can produce something from their eclectic range of oak and country furniture and smaller household accessories.

Just a few steps further along the street there is also School House Antiques in the Old Grammar School buildings, with a great display of fine art, silver, ceramics and clocks as well as an extensive selection of furniture.

Further Afield

Cotswold Antique Dealers Association
For a more comprehensive listing of some of the better local dealers check out the Cotswold Antique Dealers Association website.

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