Could a Summer clear out uncover unusual treasures?

During the summer break, why not find the time to have a good old clear out. You never know what you may find, writes Emma Brereton. Photography: Robin Lyndon

Holden Wood Antiques, a vibrant antiques centre situated close to Haslingden along the Grane Road, is the perfect place to take any items you have that you feel are particularly interesting.

“We love the unusual and peculiar,” says owner John Ainscough. “We have a wonderful selection of antiques laid out across two floors and we’re always on the look-out for new items to sell on.”

Housed in a beautiful grade two listed church, it’s the perfect environment for a spot of antique hunting. Whether you’re buying or selling, a conversation with one of the centre’s antiques experts will not result in a wasted afternoon.

“You never know what can hold value these days,” says John. “There is a huge demand for items with a connection to local history, old documents and industrial items – even old street signs. Not what you’d expect from the Antiques Roadshow of yesteryear.”

Set within the stunning Lancashire countryside, overlooking moorland and reservoirs, the spacious two floors hold a mixture of open displays and closed cabinets. There are also several specialists on hand to give advice, in particular, books, clocks, military items, jewellery and furniture.

“We have items from all eras and a huge variety of pieces for sale. Our stock is constantly changing so it is worth visiting us regularly if you’re looking for something in particular.”

Holden Wood Antiques also has a traditional tea room connected to it, so visitors can take time during their visit, enjoying a look around, a spot of lunch and make a purchase or two from one of the most reputable antiques dealers in the region.

“The tea room is very popular, especially at weekends. Our menu includes a mix of light snacks, full meals and sumptuous freshly made desserts and cakes. Our staff are friendly, the atmosphere relaxed and we are dedicated to offering our customers a service that makes them return time and time again.”

If you’re not too full after a spot of tea and cake, then there’s numerous beautiful walks right on the doorstep of this beautiful church. The Rossendale Shoe Trail is close by and is marked by large ceramic footwear designs, drawing on the area’s history with the shoe manufacturing industry and also celebrates the area’s brick making heritage.

If you have anything you think may be of interest or value make sure you visit Holden Wood Antiques, you could be sitting on your very own pot of gold.

Holden Wood Antiques
Grane Road, Haslingden
Rossendale BB4 4AT
01706 830803



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