In with the old
The idea of re-using a long since discarded oak table, a reclaimed church floor or pew, or perhaps an oil lamp which has seen better days, is strangely sentimental and nostalgic. A bit like respecting the past as well as the future, limiting the carbon footprint we create through not buying mass produced and recycling at the same time. By doing so we also create unique beautiful design schemes which may well outlast what is sold to us flat pack in multiples of the same design and colour, often breaking before we have had our money’s worth. For the creative and industrious, the place to visit is one of the many reclamation yards, packed to the rafters with beautiful relics from bygone eras. They can be a treasure trove of wonderful finds. With the right treatment, that rusty old Victorian radiator can be spruced up and given pride of place in any modern home. Here are a few of our favourites...
Lassco can't be simply described as a reclamation specialist, though that is how their business was originally founded . Nowadays it is somewhere you can buy your old oak panelling as well as book your wedding reception . Their reclamation shops in Oxforshire, Bermondsey and Vauxhall have long histories that incorporate hospitality, food and drink which has developed into them having fabulous restaurants and entertainment spaces at each venue. Under the arches at their Bermondsey site, the warehouse is busy receiving deliveries of reclaimed stuff during the week, but the is scene is transformed each weekend into one of London's busiest street markets, Ropewalk Market, where shoppers flock to buy the latest in artisan goods. For more information visit lassco.co.uk.
Wells Reclamation indoor emporium
They also boast an extensive outdoor collection
Wells Reclamation in Somerset has over five acres of architectural salvage and antiques, and carries a huge stock of new and reclaimed materials like flagstones, bricks and slate flooring. Their indoor emporium is an Aladdin's cave of antique and vintage furniture from the UK, Europe and the Far East, including unusual tables, chairs, cupboards, bookcases, desks and cabinets. They also have a large stock of cast iron fireplaces. and radiators, reclaimed doors, and church pews. Their stock is constantly changing particularly for garden statues, furniture and building materials. If you need anything for your period home, renovation project or are simply looking for a gift, you are sure to find that special something. For more information visit wellsreclamation.com.
Beeston Reclamation is based just south of Chester and stocks reclaimed pine and timber materials, including oak beams, pine floorboards and sleepers. Their solid hardwood and softwood doors in pine and oak is sourced from demolished buildings, and the timber mostly originates from trees growing in the 19th century and earlier . Whatever type of reclaimed you are searching for, they probably stock it. Visit beestonreclamation.co.uk.