A town like no other,
Castle and Cathedral dominating the skyline
a river meandering through.
A history dating to Roman times.
Houses built by Napoleonic prisoners of war.
A landscape that surrounds the town to take your breathe away.
An interesting population many of whom have lived here since birth
and who declare with pride
"I am a Mullett."
The name given to anyone born within the town.
Festivals and theatre trails
art and concerts from rock to gentle classical.
Antiques in Arundel
Looking for antiques or interior pieces?
Something interesting for your home.
Maybe a cheap and cheerful battered bargain
to paint and up cycle with your own individual style.
Or a beautiful investment decorative item
that you can put immediately in pride of place.
Your taste in interiors could be traditional
or it might be contemporary.
Possibly even bordering on the wacky.
Alternatively you might just want to browse
and see what catches your eye and suits your wallet.
Arundel with its diverse collection of individual shops ,
warehouses and car boots, could hold the answer.
Lets start with the latter.
If you have never driven down to Ford
airfield bleary eyed at 7.30 on a
Thursday or Saturday morning you've missed a real treat.
It’s an antique and vintage hunters dream.
The car boot starts early.
Sellers queue and snooze in cars and vans from around 3am.
Buyers come for miles as Ford Car Boot is renowned for being the best in the area.
London buyers are often to be seen purchasing for their shops.
Vendors travel from France and Holland.
You COULD saunter down later in the morning after a leisurely breakfast.
But you would miss the buzz.
Trade and private buyers alike, dashing to peer into the backs of unloading vans and cars.
The deal often clinched before the item has even seen the light of day.
You'll possibly walk back to your car clutching a real gem of a bargain.
But if you haven't found that perfect item, there are local flower and book sellers,
bread stalls and coffee stands to help you cope with disappointment.
And there's always next week.
Back in Arundel itself and within a very short walk along
Tarrant Street you will find
Dinky Donkey Delights
Both of which sell a combination of old and new items.
with its myriad of antique and vintage items of furniture or small collectables.
Lavender House and Garden have antique pieces
of furniture to compliment their beautiful flower displays
as well as being the local stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. www.lavenderhouseandgarden.co.uk/
While you wander, do look beyond the main streets,
for Arundel holds so many hidden gems.
Go inside the arcade in Tarrant Street
and check out the Walking Stick Shop
jam packed with hundreds of antique canes.
If you are looking for an antique picture restorer
you'll find one in Tarrant Street.
In Arundel High Street, there is the Old Print Shop selling the most beautiful original antique prints
Spencer Swaffer Antiques,
The Militaria Market http://www.themilitariamarket.com/
At the bottom of Arundel High Street is
Arundel Bridge Antique Centre
One of many interesting stands in
the centre is right at the top http://www.arundel-photographica.co.uk/
Venture over the bridge and down the little alley next to William Hill.
Turn left at the end and you will find the only
remaining buildings of the 19th century Arundel Swallow Brewery.
Relatively untouched, the three large brewery
warehouses are now home to decorative
antique and interiors showrooms in the quirkiest of settings.
French Loft's warehouse showroom,
And Arundel Eccentrics
About Arundel Eccentrics
"Husband and wife, Nass and Brenda
have been in both Arundel and the antiques business for over 20 years.
Their decorative antiques showroom in the
19th century brewery warehouse is hidden
down a little side street in the town.
Once the Swallow Brewery it now houses
an interesting and diverse collection of English and French decorative antiques.
The couple live in a Victorian cottage at the other end of the same road. The studio down their garden sits by the river and is where they restore
Victorian bamboo and chest of drawers, run decorative paint workshops and entertain.
Arundel Eccentrics unique quirky style of decoupage on English 19th century pieces has brought them to the attention of national and international interior magazines.
They have also appeared in TV programmes
such as 60 Minute Makeover and BBC’s Celebrity Road Trip.
It has now brought them to the attention
of Liberty in London where they have a collection of their decorative antiques on the stores 4th floor.
You will need to drive to The Vinery
at Poling just outside Arundel,
It's one of the area’s best kept antique shopping secrets and well worth investigating.
The site was for many years a mushroom farm.
Now the long tunnels are home to antique dealers and restorers.
There is even a shipper should you want to send antiques to far flung destinations.
Steve Belt Antiques and Shipping
Most are open in the week and Saturday morning,
but be aware the gates are closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Clubhouse Interiors http://www.clubhouseinteriors.co.uk/
there are antique and interiors traders working from all sorts of places.
If its antique mirrors you want,
you might want to
contact Clealls Antiques at Lyminster
who work from home by appointment.
or details of antiques and interiors venues
and their opening times go to ; http://www.arundel.org.uk
have a great day