Long Melford Antiques
Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre
Another venue at which you will find Bumpstead Antiques & Interiors now well represented, ( together with a host of other , specially selected Dealers renowned for their experience and quality of merchandise) is “Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre”, in Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk.
Long Melford is a notable and historic, major Suffolk Town, adjacent to Sudbury and close to Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Ipswich and Norfolk. It already boasts two Stately Homes – “Kentwell Hall”, which is in private hands but open to the Public, and the National Trust’s “Melford Hall” which, in addition to its own fascinating history, also has personnel connections to the renowned Author, Beatrix Potter. In addition to its fine architecture and period properties, the town also has several other Antique Centres, one of the finest Churches in the Country and a vast array of individual, independent Shops and galleries as well as fine drinking and eating establishments.
Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre is the “new” Centre for Long Melford and certainly one of the biggest in the region with over 16,000 sq feet of retail space spread over 4 floors. Housed in the former “Long Melford Antiques Warehouse” (more latterly trading as “Melford Antiques & Interiors”) , home to over 150 dealers before it suddenly closed down in September 2019, it is an imposing Grade 11 listed former Granary or Maltings Building situated on the main Street through the town.
Once again Suffolk Antiques Dealer, Graham Hessell (of Bumpstead Antiques & interiors), who had been trading from the Centre for in excess of 25 years prior to its closure, stepped in, in order to save it from oblivion (and possible conversion to housing) and now, following a complete restoration, refurbishment and re-decoration programme recently carried out it is opening its doors (in the Spring of 2020) as the” Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre”, offering not only fine quality Antique Furniture& Collectables, but also, vintage, retro and later furniture, home decoratives, vintage clothing, lighting, rugs and carpets, artisan gifts and crafts etc, etc . It is one of East Anglia’s (if not one of the UK’s) largest Antiques & Interiors Centre, a popular tourist and retail destination and a fabulous “source-station” for both the national and international antiques trade buyers, interior designers and decorators and those discerning individuals and families who simply like something different as well as quality, quirky and nice. There is in fact something for everyone here, including the benefit of fine food and drink from “the Pullman” Tea Rooms situated on the ground floor – tea rooms with a difference….!
Certainly if visiting the UK and particularly the Suffolk, Essex , Cambridge and/or Norfolk regions – Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre is a place of destination, a place to go to, a place of wonderment…!