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Evicted tenants from Woburn Abbey centre find a new home just up the road

13 November 2013Written by Joan Porter

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 the closure.

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."

Locality

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.

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