Guide to antique-hunting in Lincolnshire/Hull


I’m sorry it’s been AGES since I last posted!!! Between working long hours (waking at 5.30am is becoming increasingly difficult), harp practise (exam in November!), spending time with the husband and seeing friends, I’ve barely had enough time to write (or go to the gym, eek).

Last month, I went to Yorkshire/Hull to see some really fun+fab friends, plus do some antiques hunting (of course!). The weekend was so great for so many reasons – and not least because we had the most delicious BBQ at the home of our friend’s grandparents. As ex-antique dealers, they have a stylish home filled with the most beautiful treasures. Swoon. It was a fantastic, relaxing weekend – can’t wait to go back!

Here’s my guide to that part of the North East of England, if you ever do go:

1. Hemswell Antique Centres
Open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Caenby Corner Estate,
Hemswell Cliff,
Lincolnshire, DN21 5TJ

Relaxing and easy vintage-hunting as all the stalls are beautifully laid out and all indoors. The centres are housed on an old airfield which belonged to the RAF (home of the Lancaster Bomber in WWII), and each one has a fairly extensive collection of furniture, jewellery, dining room bits, wall hangings, and decorative items.


2. Kevin Marshall Antiques Warehouse
Open Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm

17-20A Wilton Street
Kingston Upon Hull, HU8 7LG

Get ready for some proper rummaging. Drew Pritchard (from Salvage Hunter) said it was one of the last few remaining true-English junk shops, and if he means utterly eccentric and rammed full of treasure, then this is it! The warehouse is fairly large, set across two floors, and every inch of the shop floor is piled high with old treasures, apart from a path about 4 feet wide, winding through the shop. There’s plenty of Ercol furniture and industrial-style seating, as well as older Georgian chairs. I loved the 1920s cigerette advertising mannequins and Eastmans Tea cupboards. Didn’t buy anything (thought it was a bit pricey although am sure Kevin is up for some bargaining) although really enjoyed digging around and meeting Kevin.


Images: Courage & Dash


The Curious Shop: Closet & Botts

Nestled in a row of shop-houses in charming Lewes, East Sussex, is an unassuming homewares shop. From the outside, it looks like an old style sundry store – the name Closet & Botts gives nothing away, apart from making one think of two gentlemen from decades gone peddling finest wares (you know the feel we are describing: “purveyors of” and “finest goods” and “mother knows best”, that type of mid-century feel..!).


Step inside and your initial suspicions will be proved fairly accurate. Closet & Botts is beautifully styled, tastefully mixing reclaimed, vintage pieces with modern items. It’s like walking into someone’s home, and being encouraged to pick out whatever catches your fancy… fun!


Closet & Botts was founded by school friends Chloe Shearing and Harriet Maxwell. Chloe originally worked in a French patisserie in Brighton, whilst Harriet was, unsurprising to us, a display artist for Anthropologie in London! A hint of the Anthro style can be felt throughout the store – the bazaar sense, the use of of merchandise as display (who doesn’t love realising they can buy the cabinet stocking the pretty glassware in the store?), the seamless blend of old and new…

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Chloe and Harriet have a shared love and history for hunting down well-crafted, attractive objects, while dreaming about one day displaying their finds in a shop of their own. It took a particularly inspiring holiday in Paris to convince them to take the plunge: before long, they had both left their jobs, bought a van, and were off around the country and continent hunting down the treasures that they so longed to stock their shop with.

Their dream of opening a shop soon came to be when they discovered an old pharmacy on Lewes High Street. It was what they had been hoping for,  with aged wooden floorboards, disused fireplaces and feature stained glass windows. It even had a beautiful garden through French doors, adding to the feel of wandering through someone’s home, when browsing in the shop.

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Closet & Botts will soon be launching a new website and online store  – we cannot wait!

Have you been to the store before? Or visited the pretty town of Lewes?

Closet & Botts
196 High Street

Images: Closet & Botts

Meet the Maker: Wallography

It is such a treat having a landlady who is happy for us to do whatever we want to her flat while we are living in it. Obviously, it was because she could tell what impeccable taste we have and knew any changes we made to her flat would only be for the better…

Only joking.

One of the first few things that we did in Courage & Dash HQ was to deck the walls with our favourite prints and pieces of art. Some of you will know that I love old things, and one of my favourite wall hangings is an original newspaper from 11th November 1918 (not a great photo below because our walls in the stairwell are two stories tall, and I’m like, 5’2″).


Which is why we were pleased to discover Wallography! Firstly, the name sort of reminds me of Wall-E, that film with the super cute robot who makes a Mac startup sound when fully solar charged. Adorable. Secondly, and more importantly, Wallography perfectly combines colourful old prints with clever display. WIN.


Wallography are no strangers to the world of old things. Their love for vintage things has seen them rummaging across Europe for special finds, but the thing that really captured their heart was an old, educational chart they saw hanging on a wall.


Wall hangings are such a quick and easy way of making a rented home feel very much your own. Your personality and taste are so evident in the images you select, and how you choose to display them.

“We currently have a pine wall chart above our bed,” founder Neil Kidd says. His favourite use of their old prints in a modern setting, though, is hanging a blue whale print (above) in a boy’s bedroom.


The great thing about these antique educational prints is the level of detail involved. If you think about it, pre-colour film/television/internet/Instagram/etc., the only way people knew about the wider world was through illustrated representations. The colours and the drawings had to be accurate and contain all the relevant details of whatever was being shown.



“It’s just mind blowing,” Neil enthuses. “These amazing pieces were used in classrooms to teach children about the workings of plants and animals.” His passion is so evident in the way he discusses how these charts were used.
“The thought of turning to class to learn about a butterfly with one of these as an aid is just fantastic.”


Very different to the Youtube videos that might be found in today’s classroom. Wallography’s collection is deeply satisfying because it has emerged from the team’s obsession with visual communication, illustration and scientific discovery. The original lithographic plate is used to recreate the image on paper, before the paper is mounted on canvas and completed with black wooden rods on either end.


As if it couldn’t get better, Wallography are teaming up with Sarah Moore Vintage to create some new designs featuring British floral design! Yes, you heard it here first! We can’t wait.

Wallography have also launched a series featuring aeronautical blue prints – our current favourite because we just caught Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (by Miyuzaki, maker of the famous Spirited Away; both films well worth a watch!).

Visit Wallography here.

All images (apart from the first) thanks to Wallography