Some UK Addresses

They cannot be guaranteed. If giving up precious time or travelling distances, please phone beforehand.

RAF Hemswell

There is a former Lancaster bomber station, RAF Hemswell at Hemswell Cliff, near to a small village about 10 miles east of Gainsborough and about 12 miles north of Lincoln where the administrative buildings are divided into antique shops of several kinds. There are some old tools. They are open all the year round, and have a restaurant. The Hemswell Antique Centres are on 01427 668389 (Omit leading zero from abroad).

When travelling southwards, do not go into Hemswell village, but proceed a few hundred yards further to the roundabout and turn left.

I have visited with a guest who took home several pieces of booty. There are plenty of portable antique items (and books) that might attract a SWMBO (or HWMBO) also. Regretably some Pukey Craft shops as well.

However, it is distant from the well-known tourist centres, (unless you want to visit Lincoln).

From Mike Field

The town of Horncastle has for years been calling itself the Antiques Center of the Midlands, or Lincolnshire, not sure which. The whole town is devoted to antique shops - I can think of 12 or 14, and this does not include two or three large buildings housing 30 or 40 units covering every aspect of collecting.

The Old Tool Store is only a half hour's drive away.

Run by Ray Isles, Ashley Isles's son.

They offer a catalogue.

Overseas enquiries welcome. "Callers welcome, but please telephone first to avoid disappointment".

Ray is the landlord of the

Red Lion Pub.

The Old Tool Store

Red Lion

East Kirby

Spilsby Lincs PE23 4BX


Phone 01790 763 406 (from the UK, omit the leading zero from abroad)

Fax 01790 763 311

Spilsby is about 30 miles east of Lincoln, about 12 miles west of Skegness, a seaside resort.

Old Tool Shop

3 Highfield Road


The Tool Cabin

(David Stanley)

Ogansthorpe LE12 9SR


01530 222 320

Lists available £4

Europe £5

Australia, North America $6

Chris White

The Tool Shop


Bosham is just SW of Chichester, about ten minutes from the roundabout on the A27, and maybe twenty-five minutes East of the intersection of the M3 and A27.

If making a special journey, phone before calling.

Details from Rob Weaver

Dan Letts

Boys Hill Farm




Woody's Tool Shop

856 Wimborne Road



01202 527596.

Roy Arnold and Tony Murland are a few doors away from each other on the same street.

Roy Arnold

77 High Street

Needham Market


IP6 8ANPhone: 01449 720110

Fax: 01449 722498

Tony Murland,

78 High Street,

Needham Market,

Suffolk IP6 8AW.

01449 722992.

Fax 01449 722683.

Bristol Design (Tools) Ltd

14 Perry Road

Bristol BS1 5BG


Phone +44 117 929 1740

Charles Stirling - Speaks Murrican.

The Tool Shop

Broadbridge House

Bosham Lane




01243 573 472/ 572937

Open Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon

The Tool Box Colyton

Nr Seaton Devon

EX13 6LU

01297 552 868

Gerry Dawson,

Pennyfarthing Tools

26 Penyfarthing street

Salisbury SP1 1HJ


01722 410 090.

Open Mon - Sat

Les Hall

Malvern Studios Museum

56 Cowleigh Road

Malvern WR14 1QD


01327 467 316

Furniture maker and restorer, essentially selling antiques. Tools apparently on display in glass cases.

Leeside Tool Shop

Burndell Road


West Sussex BN1 80HP

01243 554 056

St Albans Gallery

28 Spicer Street

St Albans

Herts AL3 4 PG

Inchmartin Restorations




01828 864512

Murray Tools

Fred Murray

83 Morrison Street


Scotland EH3 8BU

Tel: 0131 229 1577

Paul Rougetel


01244 343259

Old Woodworking tools, 18th Cent Wooden planes.

Works from home 0171 359 9313

Trinders Fine Tools

Malting Lane



Phone: 01787 277 130

Fax: 01787 277 677

Pete Woodfields

856 Wimborne Road




+44 (0)1202 527596

Richard Wilson reports: 'Each time I've phoned, I've enjoyed a brief chat and I've bought a couple of very nice shoulder planes from him.

He doesn't operate a 'galoot friendly' return policy, though I think he'll take a mis-described return at buyers expense. On the other hand, he's quite fair in describing his stock - but *you* will need to ask the questions.'

Waterside Antique Centre

Near The Maltings

Ely Cambridgeshire

Phone 01485 570 067

Peter Hanman (Tools)

Heathfield Market

Burwash Road


East Sussex

TN21 8RA

01435 860760 (UK)

More Links on Cornish Workshop Site /tooldealers.html

London Dealers

The Antiquarian

King's Road,


SE of the Sloane Square tube station

The Old Tool Chest,

41 Cross St

London, N1

020 7359 9313

'First stop was The Old Tool Chest at Islington - found it but the business closed up the week before! Apparently Jim is only selling at Greenwich Market on Sunday mornings from now on'.

John King

Jubilee Market

Covent Garden


Monday only, 0800 to mid-day.

Nearest Underground, Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Portobello Road Market


In February 1999 I found two old tool dealers worth a look at. They are in the arcades at the lower end of the road.

Go to Notting Hill Gate Tube station and follow the crocodile of tourists.

There is a free guide published by The Portobello Road Antique Dealers Association, 288 Westbourne Grove, Longon W11 2PS, Tel: 0171-229 8354, which list the various shops and regular stalls.

From Rob Weaver

There is a flea market stall in the churchyard of St. Martins of the Fields in London, immediately adjacent Trafalgar Square, and an easy walk from Charing Cross underground station. There's an OAP (senior citizen for US-types) there by the name of John selling old tools. John says he's a retired curved staircase builder, and he's selling old tools on Saturday and Sunday.

The Green Dragon Antique Center



Reported to have a rather neat pricing policy on their tools - rusty is 50 pence each, slightly better is on a shelf - £3 each.

H J Pugh & Co

Newmarket House

Market Street


Heredfordshire HR8 2AQ

Phone 01531 631 122

Fax 01531 631 818

Collectable woodworking tools and equipment power tools About 4 miles from Junction2, M50

David Stanley Auctions



LE12 9SR

Phone 01530 222 320

Tony Murland,

78 High Street,

Needham Market,

Suffolk IP6 8AW.

01449 722992.

Fax 01449 722683.

From Steven Andrews

The Tool Box

Umborne Bridge,




Machinery and hand tools

g & m tools

The Mill

Mill Lane


West Sussex

RH20 3BX

01903 892 510

Fax 01903 892 221


New Tools

James Jackson

79 Alscot Rd

London SE1

020 7242 7578

Nearest Underground

London Bridge

W Tyzack

79 - 81 Kingsland Road

London EC1

020 7739 7126/2630

Nearest Underground - Old St Station

Parry Tyzack

329 Old Street

London EC1

020 7739 8301

Underground - Old Street

Buck & Ryan

London Branch Shop

4, Victoria House

Southampton Row

London WC1B 4DA

Tel: 0207 430 9898

Fax: 0207 430 9778

Sales contact: Gerry Bedford



They've moved from Tottenham Court Rd

John Boddy's

Riverside Sawmills


N. Yorkshire YO5 9LJ

01423 322 370

Fax 01423 323 810 or 324 334

New tools, books (but sealed in cling film), finishing materials, turnery fittings and timbers (best for exotics and stuff for turners and carvers). Weekend demonstrations. A sideline of a largeish timber merchants.

Alec Tiranti

27 Warren Street

London W1P 5DG

Tel 020 7636 8565

FFax 020 7636 85650.

Sculptors tools


Temple Newsam House

Outskirts of Leeds, Yorkshire

An Elizabethan mansion in the care of Leeds City Council. Large range of furniture. Extensive grounds for a walk

Lotherton Hall Lotherton

Nr Aberford

N Yorks

An easy car ride from Leeds or York. Also run by Leeds City Museum. It is an Edwardian house formerly owned by a collector. It has High Victorian and some Arts & Crafts Movement furniture, usually some modern craft displays. Worth a visit since the furniture is more interesting than the usual run-of-the-mill museum stuff. A bird garden for the non-craft people.

Abbeydale Steelworks


Home of the first crucible steel and water-powered forge for making scythe blades. Also the buildings of the original settlement. Run my Sheffield City Museum. I've been there. It is well worth a visit.

The Shepherd Wheel


About 1-1/2 miles from Abbeydale. It consists of two cutlery grinding workshops powered by a waterwheel, completely restored and fully operational.

Kelham Island Museum


Includes a 12,000 hp steam engine and describes the living conditions of Sheffield workers and two self-employed

"Little Mesters" working full-time in specialist workshops, (according to my 1987 guide).

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Clarence Street,


Gloucestershire GL50 3TJ

01242 37431 (Phone number is possibly out of date. Sorry a Phonebase search has not found any at all)

If you are anywhere near, an absolute must for serious furniture makers. Houses an excellent collection of British Arts & Crafts Movement furniture including some by Ernest Gimson, the Barnsleys, Voysey, Ashbee and Gordon Russell.

The Salaman Collection

Housed in an old church run by the St. Albans City Museum Hertfordshire

On display are many of the tools he describes in his Dictionary Of Tools.

Geffrye Museum

Kingsland Road

London E2 8EA

020 7398 368/9893

Houses an 18th Century Woodworker's shop.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road

South Kensington

London SW7 2RL

Should be in all the guide books. Some of the furniture you see in furniture history books is here, including the Great Bed of Ware (I hope).

William Morris Gallery

Water House

Lloyd Park

Forest Road


Open Tues to Sat 10-1 and 2 - 5 and 1st Sunday of each month

Royal Armouries Museum


Daily demonstrations by Armourers, Leatherworkers and Gunsmith/Engravers - A full day should be set aside for a visit (If you go in for this kind of thing).

This is a gallery of national status, access details will be in any local guide book.

The Judges Residence


(just below Lancaster Gaol walls)

(From Phil Pritchard)

Superb collection of Gillow furniture housed in 17th century town house. Some tools from the Gillow workshops (Spiers, etc) also on display. The original Gillow workshops, about 1/4 mile away, now house a pine furniture company. (May 1999) Also some information about the importation of tropical timbers from the West Indies and South America is on display at the Custom House museum on the quayside, about 1/2 mile away.

Reading Rural Life Museum

Universityof Reading


Pole lathes and so on

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