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We have heard much from Top Banana, but, from this
weekend, Tetbury has another centre, Long Street Antiques at Stamford House, Long Street, which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Tetbury, Marlene Ash, at 11.30am this Saturday April 3.

The new centre, a classical Georgian townhouse in the heart of Tetbury’s flourishing antiques district, is owned and run by Ray and Samantha White, who were Berkshire dealers in rosewood and mahogany furniture until they bought this shop just two months ago.

Long Street Antiques is split into units for dealers to leave their stock, and also cabinets. Offering floor space for 43 dealers, the Whites are delighed that before the official opening they have already rented 40 of them. “This is the business we always hoped we would run one day,” said Ray. “The building is perfect in style, size and location and we have been delighted with the response from dealers wanting to be involved.”

Stamford House was originally built by a wool merchant, it later became a chemist’s and then a farm shop. In the early 1980s it was bought by dealer Peter Whitam, formerly the antiques buyer for Harrods, and became Balmuir House Antiques.

Now it is Long Street Antiques, open seven days a week with Ray and Samantha (plus their two rottweilers) resident and three sales staff on duty during opening hours (Tel: 01666 500850).