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The fair has a general dateline of 1920 with porcelain, paintings and silver allowed to 1935 and jewellery and textiles to 1950. However, as with so many datelined events nowadays, later work is allowed if the organiser feels the quality merits its inclusion.The fair has been going for 18 years and has a good local following. And these local buyers are the stuff of organisers’ dreams – a recent survey carried out by Barclays declared the Knutsford hinterland as the most affluent area in England and Wales.

Among the local dealers exhibiting are Church Street Antiques from Altrincham with period furniture, Veevers of Chester with silver and jewellery, and Cheshire’s Reedgate Antiques whose forte is Royal Worcester porcelain.

On the whole, it is a traditional antiques fair and in a delightfully traditional setting – being laid out over the ground floor of the stately house and in the nearby 16th century barn.

An added attraction at this time of year are the fabulous Arley gardens, especially the herbaceous borders laid out in 1846.
Admission to the fair is £4.50.