Old Mill Antiques centre in Bridgnorth.

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Just two are mentioned here: the Old Mill Antiques Centre in Bridgnorth, a town divided in two by the River Severn, and in Ludlow, dominated by its 11th century castle, is a collective of traders formerly at 55 Mill Street, recently moved to Church Street near the market square and rebranded as Nina & Co.

John Ridgway is the owner of the Old Mill centre in Bridgnorth’s Low Town which has been running since 1995. “We currently have 70-plus units rented out over four floors between multiple dealers – around 50 at the last count”, he said.

“Since lockdown lifted we have enjoyed selling anything and everything.” This included a wide range of pub memorabilia for ‘stay-at-home landlords’, with home bars still popular despite the reopening of pubs, added Ridgway.

The centre currently has for sale two rare early 19th century pistols priced at £550 and £450, with one of the pistols made for the Napoleonic Wars and the second being a transitional percussion revolver, a later version of the other pistol.


A scene from Nina & Co in Bridgnorth.

Nina & Co owner Nina Hely-Hutchinson, a former conservator at Hampton Court, said: “Rebranding is ongoing and most of our dealers are still with us with a few additions. We’ve been very busy since reopening, helped I’m sure by the beautiful Grade II-listed building and fabulous windows.”

She added: “Decorative antiques have been very strong sellers but vintage fashion is also doing well as people begin to realise the value to the planet in re-use and sustainability.”