Where to find vintage finds in Somerset and Dorset

Leading tastemakers reveal their favourite haunts for everything from vintage cutlery to leather goods and reclaimed flooring to antique jewellery

Russell Sage at Wells Reclamation
Russell Sage at Wells Reclamation | Image: Jon Tonks

Russell Sage, interior designer Rolfey’s is my favourite antiques shop in Bath – one of the few left that manages to get continually fresh stock from country house auctions and the like. My three favourite reclamation yards – Wells, Glastonbury and Frome – are here too. Wells Reclamation is probably my favourite, because it has amazingly eccentric pieces, such as crazy old bits of fairground rides. Frome has a brilliant selection of reclaimed flooring and well‑priced fireplaces. Elm is like gold dust nowadays, but I found enough stuff there to do my entire house. Glastonbury has slightly more industrial items – great if you need to retile your roof – and fantastic garden planters. Frome Reclamation, Station Approach, Frome BA11 1RE (01373-463 919; fromerec.co.uk). Glastonbury Reclamation, The Old Pottery, Northload Bridge, Glastonbury BA6 9LE (01458-831 122; glastonburyreclamation.co.uk). Rolfey’s, 5-7 Wellsway, Bath BA2 4QL (01225-314 214; rolfeys.co.uk). Wells Reclamation, Coxley, Wells BA5 1RQ (01749-677 087; wellsreclamation.com).

Solange Azagury-Partridge
Solange Azagury-Partridge | Image: Dean Belcher
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Solange Azagury-Partridge, jeweller I love browsing the antiques and bric-à-brac shops in Bruton. I’ve furnished my house with great stuff from Phillips & Skinner, including stylish, mismatched vintage crockery and cutlery. It sells a brilliant combination of knick-knacks, furniture, clothes, silverware, books and other things. I got a fabulous mink coat there too… it reminds me of a 1940s movie star, someone like Bette Davis, but I like wearing it down the garden or to the local shops. We inherited miles of bookshelves with our house and I’ve come across so many old books with wonderful bindings and illustrations in the charity shops on Bruton High Street – especially Brainwave, a charity that supports children with disabilities. Brainwave, 24 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AA (01749-812 995; brainwave.org.uk). Phillips & Skinner, 19 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AH (01749-813 221; phillipsandskinner.com).

Bill Amberg and his vintage Norton outside At The Chapel, Bruton
Bill Amberg and his vintage Norton outside At The Chapel, Bruton | Image: Sam Pelly
Alice Temperley
Alice Temperley | Image: Greg Williams

Bill Amberg, leather goods designer Just outside Bruton, Catherine Hill is lined with vintage boutiques such as Poot and Donna May, which are both nice for a rummage. Somerset used to be the centre of the English leather-making industry, so sometimes I’ll unearth something like a really lovely pair of gloves. I also like ferreting about for old records at Raves from the Grave. Donna May Vintage, 28 Catherine Hill, Frome BA11 1BY (01373-228 472; donnamayvintage.com). Poot, 23 Catherine Hill, Frome BA11 1BZ (07703-843 100). Raves from the Grave, 20 Cheap Street, Frome BA11 1BN (01373-464 666; ravesfromthegrave.com).

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Alice Temperley, fashion designer Bridport is a small town that feels old-fashioned and otherworldly compared to London – I often cycle down there to seek creative inspiration at the antiques and vintage market; it is full of diverse vendors and is a great place for bric-à-brac and the eclectic pieces I collect for the house. I’ll also pop into Bridport Old Books, which is good for stories about bygone Somerset and classic fairytales. Bridport Antiques, 41 West Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3QU (01308-425 111; bridportantiques.co.uk). Bridport Old Books, 11 South St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR (01308-425 689; oldbookssw.co.uk).

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