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The mid-18th century premises in the High Street have been owned and run by Geoff and Patricia Moss for the past 10 years and, with accommodation, cover 3800 square feet. I spotted the property, with a price tag of around £345,000, on the books of the Milton Keynes office of Christie & Co (no, not that one).

The Mosses will not open a shop in France but Aspidistra will continue in this country since Patricia Moss tells me they will continue with their English fairs.