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Elizabeth has been there since the Oxfordshire centre was first mooted but on July 18, following her husband’s relocation, she moves to London.

She told me last week: “I am very proud of what we have achieved at The Swan; a thriving antiques business, an award winning restaurant and a happy working team, which I will certainly miss.”

One of that team, Rita Woodman, Elizabeth’s deputy since the early days, takes over as manager.
Until Christmas Elizabeth will be busy settling her family into a new home but after that she will be looking for another role and, not surprisingly, the antiques trade is her preferred area.