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This independent school for boys was founded in 1495 by Thomas Burton.

Halford says of the venue: “Hodson Hall is a beautiful setting for an antiques fair. The mapletree- lined avenue is stunning and directly outside the venue is the huge bell tower which chimes on the half hour. It just gives you the feeling of being somewhere special.”

Also somewhere special is the new weekend antiques event that Guildhall Events is launching on the Naseby battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4.

“We are currently attracting quite a few military dealers to this fair,” said Halford.

The Battle of Naseby was a decisive engagement in the English Civil War fought on June 14, 1645, near the village of Naseby in Northamptonshire between the Royalist forces of King Charles I and the Parliamentarian New Model Army commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell. The Royalists were routed in a resounding Parliamentarian victory.

The organisers are throwing everything into the mix at its annual Rutland Showground antiques and collectors’ fair, called the Rutland ‘Antiques in the County’ Show, on Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13.

“As well as the usual indoor, outdoor, marquee and shopping arcade traders, we have introduced a family feel to the event.

“We have secured a vintage fairground as well as a classic car display, with vintage caravans and plenty of music throughout the weekend,” says Halford.