Leadgate House Horsley

We will be moving Graham Smith Antiques Ltd to Leadgate House in Horsley at the end of May and will be open for business in our new premises around the last week of May the first week of June, we will keep you informed.

Horsley is on the west side of Newcastle upon Tyne – 10 miles out of the City.  There is a wonderful old mile marker just outside the house that is next door to the new premises.  The sign has Newcastle 10 miles to the east and Hexham 10 miles to the west, the “c” stands for Carlisle which is situated a further 47 miles to the west. The main A1 is just 7 miles from us and we are just off the A69 at the Wylam turn off.

Wylam which is the closest large village to Horsley is 2 miles down the road and has its’ own main line railway station calling at stations between Newcastle and Carlisle.  The village of Wylam is famous for being the birth place of George Stephenson (1781-1848) the father of steam railways and the “Rocket” the first working steam engine. The cottage where he was born and brought up  is opened by the National trust as a visitor attraction providing information about his family, life and times.

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 The actual premises we are moving into were previously trading as Horsley Kitchens for approximately 20 years and prior to that, the Coaching Station adjoining Leadgate House was used as a garage.  Leadgate House itself  has a lintel stone above the door of the house with 1700 cut into the stone. The house and Coaching Station next door together boast quite a history as does Horsley Village.  We can recommend a very good Horsley Heritage Trail information sheet written by Maurice Holliday and illustrated by David Holliday which refers to all the major buildings in the village including details of who owned them and the purpose for which they were used. For example, Leadgate House was once used by John Wesley the Methodist preacher to hold services but proved too small so the service had to take place in the street outside.

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As you can see, at present we are having a relocation sale at the showrooms in Benton to encourage customers to buy so that we do not have so much to move when the time comes!  The metal clad building currently signed as ‘Horsley Kichen Centre’ (above right) will become the main show rooms after the work we are undertaking is complete.  It’s a very exciting time for Graham Smith Antiques!

In my next blog I will show you the work and how it is proceeding – as they say watch this space.

Graham Smith Antiques has been established for 14 years but Graham has been in the antiques business for 40 years. We trade on line and from showrooms on the edge of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and all  the items shown on the website are available to view at the show rooms where they are set out in four room settings – for ease of viewing. As long time members of LAPADA [the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers], the UK’s largest trade association for professional art and antiques dealers, we want all our customers to be confident to buy from us on line or in person and make every effort to make each sale a pleasure.  Please take some time to read our Testimonials page which can be found on the home page of our website.

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