The off-the-beaten-track tiny village (population 89 in the 2001 census) is one of only a few English villages in private ownership. Durrant said of her fairs: “Vintage has always been a part of my life and it was just natural to start up the fairs here after I had lived in London and thought that there needed to be more places to buy vintage.”
This event has a good following and most visitors come nattily dressed: victory rolls and tea dresses for women, waistcoats and flat caps for men.
Durrant added: “Most buyers are local or from the east of England – although I do have a Swedish couple who come to Heydon every year. They wouldn’t miss it, they said, and plan their holiday around it.”
The annual Heydon Summer Vintage Fair is on Sunday, August 7, and is held inside and out of the village’s old parish rooms.