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Victoria many times over

31 October 2022

Taking place in Carmarthen at the United Counties Showground on Sunday, November 13, is the antiques and fleamarket which was run for many years by dealers Robert and Carol Pugh but is now organised by the showground itself.

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Flea visitors find warm welcome at Carmarthen Showground

16 May 2022

Crowds descend on first event under new ownership in Welsh town

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Welsh fleamarket reborn under new owner

07 March 2022

Society announces Carmarthen event dates and stall and entry prices to be held at 2019 level.

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Pughs step down from Carmarthen but the popular event will continue

14 February 2022

Organisers put control into fresh hands after nearly 30 years of organising the fleamarket

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Carmarthen fair put on hold

03 August 2020

Towy Events organiser and dealer Robert Pugh has cancelled his August antiques and fleamarkets monthly event at the Carmarthen Showground and will await government guidance about when he can restart.

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Rare Samuel Shufflebotham work on Llanelly Pottery offered at Carmarthen Showground event

24 February 2020

Only about three of these c.1907 Llanelly Pottery rose bowls (below) are known to exist, says dealer Robert Pugh who is pricing the one shown here at £700.

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Rusting BP enamel sign is The Winner in Welsh sale

06 January 2020

Rescued from a skip, a rusting British enamel advertising sign sold for £10,400 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) at auction in Carmarthen.

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Welsh history highlight

07 October 2019

Carol and Robert Pugh of Towy Events are expecting a good turn-out of up to 200 standholders inside and out at their antiques and flea market at the Carmarthen Showground on Sunday, October 20.

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Made in Malines, sold in south Wales

16 September 2019

Estimated at just £40-60, this ebonised wood and alabaster table casket sold to a bidder using thesaleroom.com for £1600 at Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) of Carmarthen on August 28.

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Jug celebrates a rotten result in 1812 election

22 July 2019

Anglicised, Anglican and Tory landowners controlled many aspects of Welsh life in the Georgian period – particularly when it came to politics.

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Welsh furniture dealer offers cupboard at festival

10 June 2019

Tim Bowen Antiques brings this Welsh oak cwpwrdd bara caws (bread and cheese cupboard) to the midsummer Carmarthenshire event Midsummer Cahoots at the Hall (June 22-30).

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Towy Events say it's business as usual at Carmarthen despite part of showground sold off

03 June 2019

The south Wales town of Carmarthen also featured in The Sunday Times ‘Best Places’ list and one of its attractions is the popular large monthly antiques and fleamarket held at the United Counties Showground in Carmarthen.

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Icons of France emerge in Carmarthen

18 March 2019

This pair of plates, one of them extensively damaged and riveted, proved much more popular than predicted in a sale held in Carmarthen by Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) last month.

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Welsh antiques dealer enhances contemporary art show with loan of traditional furniture

20 February 2019

A 19th century Welsh oak bureau is among the furniture that Carmarthenshire dealer Tim Bowen has lent to enhance a local exhibition on creativity.

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Catalogue hides a Canova

03 September 2018

An intriguing item with important international artistic links is on offer at Towy Fairs’ Carmarthen Antiques and Fleamarket on Sunday, September 9.

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Search for promised land in Wales

06 August 2018

This small 7 x 91/2in (18 x 24cm) oil on panel Biblical scene by the Victorian artist William Edward Frost (1810-77), below, doubled its top guide at Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) of Carmarthen on July 11.

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Guards at the Carmarthen sale forefront

06 August 2018

A famous royal regiment was remembered at the Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Carmarthen.

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Paper butterfly flutters into Welsh fair

23 July 2018

The Victorian fascination for natural history led to many a front parlour having as its centrepiece a cased display of butterflies.

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Plate on offer at Welsh fair recalls the elephant in the court room

11 December 2017

A child’s plate that celebrates a performing elephant which was bizarrely accused of murdering her keeper will be an unusual highlight at Towy Events’ last antiques and fleamarket of the year.

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Welsh gardens event is a growth market

18 April 2017

Since its launch eight years ago, Derwen Fairs’ antiques and vintage market at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales has gone from a one to two-day run, trebled in size to 100 stands and has four dates this year.