Wells Reclamation, Coxley, Wells, Somerset, 01749 677087
This family run business sprawls over five acres and is one of the largest and oldest in the country dealing in architectural salvage and antiques. Be prepared for the out of the ordinary here as you will currently find a Russian T34 tank, a 1958 Bloodhound missle and some Tornado Jet Fighter Cone covers amongst the staddlestones, oak beams, reclaimed building materials, a vast range of natural stone flooring and huge garden statues. Prices are highly competitive. Inside you will find solid wood kitchen units, a huge array of new, antique and vintage furniture, reclaimed doors, period fireplaces and authentic period fittings for the home. A great online shop where you can have items delivered directly to you - their specially designed cast iron bread oven doors are sold all over the world. If you need a huge statue of Buddha or the Wicked Witch of the Swans you will find it here and you can even take an online tour of the yard.
Toby’s Reclamation, Station Road, Exeter, Devon, 01392 833499
Based in a former Victorian railway station, this is one of a handful that opens on Sundays too. Fancy fountains for your garden, gothic gates, great lights, including stunning pendant lights. Great garden kit, including pergolas, a rather fancy stag statue I have my eye on, temples and troughs. They even sell “folly kits” everything you need to build your own! Toby's main focus is on bespoke kitchens - they design and build from scratch with new and/or reclaimed materials. The same goes for bespoke furniture. Great radiators including some rather beautiful French ones. Going for over 25 years, they supply both new and reclaimed materials, bricks, ironmongery and bespoke furniture. Currently undergoing a major refurb, this is one not to miss.
Glastonbury Reclamation, The Old Pottery, Northload Bridge, Glast, Somerset, 01458 831122
With the majority of their stock sourced from within Somerset, this yard is perfect for local house renovations and has had lots of recommendations. A tidy, well displayed yard with good stocks of competitively priced bricks, Blue Lias flagstones, building stone, roofing materials etc. Undercover there is a huge selection of doors with around 500 always in stock. Beams and floorboards in elm, oak and pine, antique tools, bygones and currently hundreds of vintage wooden fruit trays. Specialists in country furniture, you'll find beautifully restored chest-of-drawers, wardrobes and farmhouse tables. A handful of industrial items including cabinets, pigeon hole units and a fantastic cast iron engineering table. The yard is run by a friendly, knowledgeable team, watched over by Ernie the springer spaniel.
Frome Reclamation, Station Approach, Frome, Somerset, 01373 463919
One of the largest stockists of architectural salvage and genuine reclaimed materials in the South West. Plenty of history and knowledge as this family run business has been going for 25 years. Specialists in reclaimed roof tiles and reclaimed bricks amongst other things. Lots of designers and builders head here. Searching for a coat of arms to go with your new house? You’ll likely find them here along with oak coffers, oak pews, copper lamps and cast iron stick stands. Huge selection of doors, (over 800 in stock) including 16th 17th studded doors and Georgian six panel doors, plus plenty of knobs and knockers. Belfast sinks, great reclaimed floor boards, beautiful iron gates, stone carved plaques, columns and follies, marble tablets, stone doorways – let your imagination run wild…Also a huge selection of flagstones, great garden gear, statues, urns and sundials, and even a gargoyle from Wells Cathedral. Good door stripping service here too.
Castle Reclamation, Parrett Works, Martock, Somerset, 01935 826483
Architectural salvage, great natural stone fireplaces and oak flooring all to be found here. They specialize in 16th and 17th Century reproduction oak furniture with great oak four posters, dining table or your whole finished kitchen. Also produce beautifully made staircases all made in their workshops and specialize in replica flagstones (with over 50 mould designs) including Blue Lias and Purbeck flagstone shades. Their resident stone masons make great natural stone fireplaces carved to required sizes, mainly using local Hamstone, Bath Stone and Portland. Highlights currently in stock include 2 massive 14ft high Portland Stone columns and some stunning church screens. Oak flooring can be supplied in various widths and unfinished or aged. Also have unusual mullioned windows, balustrades and stone staircases often in stock, plus cast iron guttering. Serious craftsmen here to make exactly what you want if you can’t find it. Should you have a pool they also make great pool surrounds and have some beautiful stone carved windows, a Hamstone stone cross and a cast iron kissing gate. Some great pewter to rifle through too. Plus they work with “From the Anvil” who supply a huge range of well-crafted ironmongery.
Dorset Reclamation, Cow Drive, Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7JZ, 01929 472200
Going for almost a quarter of a century, furniture made from reclaimed materials, chandeliers, copper lamps with a large selection of doors. Great garden ornaments, including a stone dragon, Purbeck stone steps, wood burners and fireplaces. Good quality reclaimed building materials including reclaimed and hand made bricks. York, Purbeck, Granite and Pennant flagstones and slate roof tiles, Good selection of roll top baths, Belfast sinks and china pedestal sinks, reconditioned original taps and showers , pews and staddle stones, lead planters, gazebos and sun dials and gargolyes for those that way inclined. Also offer bath restoration and re-enameling. When you’ve visited head on down to Lulworth Cove.
Cox’s Yard Architectural, 12 Fosseway Business Park, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9NQ, 01608 652505
Another of the few reclamation yards that’s open on Sundays. Interesting items, presently including a large meat safe, cast iron baths, wooden cisterns, art deco sinks and loos. Stained glass panels, stone windows, timber, great elegant taps, pub fixtures, pews, oak doors, specializing in reclaimed fireplaces, cast iron and Cotswolds stone. Garden furniture, Napoleonic granite troughs, staddlestones, stone planters, capitals. Hardware and Ironware. They also have their own woodworking area where they make some items from reclaimed timber (and iron), including benches and doors and often to be found to have the harder to come by iron spiral staircases. Large range of windows from stone mullions to stained glass.
Cotswold Reclamation, Unit 2, Sandy Lane Court, Little Rissington, Gloucestershire Tel: 01451 820 292
Garden sculptures, fountains. Antique terrracota pots, pews, ironmongery – all here. And online. They also hire out products for garden parties etc. Open on Sundays too. Staddle stones, natural stone, lead planters, antique stone troughs, a great copper cauldron, oak columns, fireplaces and roofing tiles. Great reclaimed chimney pots, Cotswold flagstones. Haggling is positively encouraged here. Great wrought-iron tree seat. If it’s pine furniture you’re looking for you’ll find a great selection here. Plus they make oak and pine doors to specifications. Currently very popular are new the wide rustic grade oak floorboards they specialise in making. Family run – big on reclaimed building materials. Good York paving slabs as well as stone, tiles and cast iron baths and basins in stock.
Masco Walcot Architectural Salvage Yard, Cirencester Road, Aston Down, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 8PE Tel: 01285 760 886
One of the larger suppliers of reclaimed architectural features. With roots in environmentalism, they’re well known for their specialist dismantling team. They supply many of the big gardens and stately homes in the UK with original garden objects and architectural features. Georgian and Victorian garden furniture, with a huge range of stunning garden ornaments, sun dials and a sandstone river god on a plinth, fountains and urns. Gothic cast iron balustrade from Westminster Bridge, a Portland stone rotunda (at £85,000) obelisks, capitals and finials showing their attention to detail and beautiful stone mullion windows. Great selection of reclaimed doors, plus bespoke doors made, and eye catching door knobs both reclaimed and reproduction. Great reclaimed bath ware including some art deco pieces and a rather cool copper bateau bath. Prayer book holders, roundels, marble from Lloyds of London and great wooden paneling. Even a dentist’s chair. Their talented team of restorers and conservators means this is often the place of choice for designers and architects, especially with their research and sourcing service.
Rose Green Tiles and Reclamation, 206 Rose Green Road, Fishponds, Bristol BS5 7UP Tel: 0117 9520109
Highly recommended by our readers. The clue is in the name - Rose Green specialises in tiles and also has a vast array of wooden floorboards. Helpful staff will point you in the right direction whether you're after a reclaimed cast iron fireplace, radiators, garden ornaments, or perhaps a pair of these rather splendid wild boars...
Also worth a mention (not least for its name) is Shiver Me Timbers by the sea at Long Rock near Penzance (01736 711 338) with its architectural salvage and curios. Plus Walcot Architectural Salvage in Bathampton, Bath (01225 469557) – lots of exciting treasures to be found here.
Photo: Royal Mail double post box recently shipped to Australia from Wells Reclamation.