Dealers given two months to quit a 46-year antique centre tenancy in the grounds of Woburn Abbey are celebrating finding a new home – in the nearby town of Woburn itself.
The newly formed Antiques Association, which
occupies two floors of a five-storey Georgian building in the
town's Market Place, opened its doors at the end of October with
some 32 dealers. Notice to
quit the Abbey centre came on September 1.
The tenants in the town centre venue
include 30 from the 43 at the Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre before
Anna Maggs, one of the
longest-standing dealers there, is thrilled at the move, saying:
"We were all very shocked when we had to leave the centre. We
didn't want to go anywhere else as we love Woburn."
She added: "The building has three
floors split into apartments and we have the newly refurbished
ground floor and lower ground floor here.
"We've been very busy since the
opening, with such good feedback, and couldn't be in a better spot.
The move did us all a favour in the end as we look out of the
windows here and it's a bustling place outside, unlike it often was
at the Abbey."
The Antiques Association, which
occupies a much smaller floor area than the Woburn Abbey Antiques
Centre, is opposite Charles Ross Fine Art Auctioneers and close to
Town Hall Antiques, another antiques centre. Woburn is also full of
busy eateries catering for visitors to Woburn Abbey.
Furniture dealer John Bly has one room
at The Antiques Association. For him the Association is a home from
home: "Just like my original shop in Tring," he said.
A spokeswoman for Woburn Abbey said
this week that they are exploring a number of possible long-term
uses for the former antiques centre.
The Antiques Association can be
contacted on 01525 290135.