Welcome to our Links page! Here you will find an eclectic range of sites, divided into the following categories: Period Houses & Restoration, Salvage Yards, Antiques, Small Business and Quirky/Lifestyle. We think they're all great and I hope you find them as useful as we do! Please do feel free to suggest new websites which you think ought to be featured - just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Period Houses & Restoration
- The Victorian Society
The Victorian Society is the national society responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts. It was founded in 1958 to fight the then widespread ignorance of nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture and provides lots of useful advice!
Visit website at: www.victorian-society.org.uk
- Bricks & Brass
Bricks & Brass is a unique web site which provides comprehensive and easy-to-find information for people who are looking for an older house, own one, or just love them. It focuses on homes from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods in the UK.
Visit website at: www.bricksandbrass.co.uk
- History UK
History UK is for people with a passion for British history and is run by a real enthusiast. It offers unrivalled free access to more than 28,000 directory listings of British history related venues, organisations and experts in the UK. Editorial includes regular features, historic recipes, a monthly competition, DIY History and the exclusive History.uk.com Timeline of British history from 10,000BC to the present day.
Visit website at: www.history.uk.com
- The Online House Detective
The Online House Detective is another site for people interested in tracing the history of houses, as well as any building in a town or village.
Visit website at: www.house-detectives.co.uk
- The Natural Oak Company
The Natural Oak Company is run by a skilled local craftsman and his family; their green oak structures are unique and beautifully crafted.
Visit website at: www.natural-oak.co.uk
- World Of Old Houses
World Of Old Houses, run by an Australian chap called Ian Evans, is a good resource if you are restoring or maintaining an old house, heritage building or traditional architecture. It provides information, advice & assistance as well as a worldwide directory of suppliers - absolutely everything for old houses!
Visit website at: www.oldhouses.com.au
- Thatched Owners' Group
Thatched Owners' Group is handy if you own a home with a thatched roof, as it has a specialist thatched house insurance division, contact details for roof thatchers in your area, financial advice on grants for re-thatching, fire safety information and products and a directory of specialist products and services.
Visit website at: www.thatched-group.com
- Original Features
Original Features specialises in supplying products and services for the restoration of 19th and early 20th century properties. Their main areas of expertise are geometric floor tiles and fireplaces; their experience of the restoration and reproduction of Victorian tiled floors is recognized throughout the heritage industry.
Visit website at: www.originalfeatures.co.uk
- Vintage Paints
Vintage Paints manufactures and supplies specialist paint for every kind of vintage item. So whether you're restoring a classic car or traction engine, a tank or some Victorian ironwork, this company can develop the colour, finish and quality of paint you need. Their passion for paint matches your passion for restoring your pride and joy!
Visit website at: www.vintagepaints.com
- Building Conservation
Building Conservation offers articles by leading conservation specialists, details of relevant courses, a directory of suppliers and more.
Visit website at: www.buildingconservation.com
- Period Living
Period Living is one of my favourite period homes magazines and they have a great website too, with competitions and an excellent directory of suppliers.
Visit website at: www.periodliving.co.uk
- The Lock Restoration Company
The Lock Restoration Company, as the name suggests, specialises in the restoration of old rim and mortice locks including the removal of paint and dirt, repair of broken springs, replacement of missing parts, cutting of keys to fit locks, polishing or painting of lock bodies, and the manufacture of keeps to fit locks. Very handy!
Visit website at: www.lockrestoration.com
- The Old House Web
The Old House Web has lots of advice and ideas for old-house enthusiasts, helpful articles, a directory of suppliers and discussion forums too.
Visit website at: www.oldhouseweb.com
- The Society For The Protection Of Ancient Buildings
The Society For The Protection Of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.
Visit website at: www.spab.org.uk
- The Listed Property Owners' Club
The Listed Property Owners' Club is Britain's only advice service dedicated to keeping listed building owners informed of their obligations, rights, privileges and responsibilities. It also provides practical information on matters such as property maintenance, guidance on grants, loans, VAT and insurance and acts as a pressure group.
Visit website at: www.lpoc.co.uk
- Tissington Hall
Tissington Hall is the home of the FitzHerbert family, in a beautiful Derbyshire village. They do guided tours and the tea room is excellent.
Visit website at: www.tissington-hall.com
Woodworks is run by a local craftsman; they make bespoke hand-crafted kitchens and interiors and offer a friendly, personal service.
Visit website at: www.leekwoodworks.com
This invaluable online directory features a large database of over 3,500 companies covering all aspects of interior and garden design and decoration. It’s the essential resource both for professionals and for the general public.
Visit website at: www.thehousedirectory.com for answers to all your sourcing questions.
- Hunter & Hyland - Suppliers of Finials, Wooden Poles and Curtain Accessories.
Hunter & Hyland are very highly thought of in the industry and have been awarded the Royal Warrant for our quality. We would be delighted if you would take a look at us and see if we are the sort of site you would like to recommend your visitors to and vice versa.
Visit website at: www.hunterandhyland.co.uk
- Table Lamps.
We're a place to shop for luxury home furnishings, lighting and accessories for your living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. Shop across the finest boutique and quality retailers and designers and get inspired by gorgeous interiors.
Visit website at: www.furnish.co.uk
- Folding Sliding Doors.
Click now to view how a folding sliding doors can provide stunning results to your house or residence.
Visit website at: www.apropos-conservatories.com
- Buy kitchen cabinets
We have spectacular wood kitchen cabinets to offer you. Choose from a full stock of ready to assemble kitchen cabinets, custom bathroom cabinets, cabinet accessories, and more.
Visit website at: www.kitchencabinetdepot.com
- Roller Blinds
We are a home and bathroom accessories on-line shop that specialises in antique and shabby chic finish products as well as Dora Design door stops and draught excluder's.
Visit website at: www.idealmoments.co.uk
Salvage Yards (Real & Virtual)
Arcsal offers you the chance to browse through architectural salvage treasures available from dealers throughout Britain. The catalogue covers everything from basic building materials such as handmade Edwardian bricks or 16th century oak beams to external design features - columns, doorways or statues, to interior design statements - panelling, stained glass, fireplaces, baths, staircases.
Visit website at: www.arcsal.com
- In Situ
In Situ is a friendly company in Manchester with an excellent range of goods for kitting out old houses, modern warehouse-style apartments, bars, restaurants or shops. From flooring and doors to stoves, fires and fireplaces, tiles, bathrooms and banisters, the list is endless. Browse through the online catalogue to see the current range.
Visit website at: www.insitumanchester.com
LASSCO bills itself as London's prime resource for architectural antiques and salvage. It's big and posh with lots of great stock at various different locations! www.lassco.co.uk
Salvo brings together lots of different dealers selling a wide range of items such as doors, fireplaces, furniture, gardens, glass, ironwork, kitchens, lighting, radiators, stone, windows and woodwork. It's also a good source of reclaimed building materials like beams, bricks, flagstones, flooring, roof slates and tiles, timber.
Visit website at: www.salvo.co.uk
Futons are an online retailer of futons, sofa beds in traditional and contemporary styles in wood and metal as well as accessories such as covers, mattresses and frames.
Visit website at: www.futonstreet.com
- eBay UK
Last but not least, Ebay has an excellent Architectural Antiques section where you can buy everything including the kitchen sink. Try not to get addicted!
Visit website at: www.ebay.co.uk
- Antiques Directory
Antiques Directory is a comprehensive online guide to the UK antiques trade. It has a directory containing over 17,000 entries, allowing you to find dealers, auctioneers, restorers, art galleries and museums anywhere in the UK.
Visit website at: www.antiques-directory.co.uk
- Antiques World
Antiques World is a UK directory of information on antiques and collectables for private and professional enthusiasts. It also has the most comprehensive list of collectors' clubs and societies on the Web.
Visit website at: www.antiquesworld.co.uk
- Antique Telephones
Antique Telephones sell only the very best quality genuine GPO telephones. Restored to a very high standard and fully working.
Visit website at: www.antiquetelephones.co.uk
- Do Your Own PR
Do Your Own PR is a fabulous resource run by Paula Gardner, who has helped me completely transform my business. She offers very reasonably-priced PR ecourses for small businesses and has also written a really practical guide to PR.
Visit website at: www.doyourownpr.com
- DADI - Digital Art Design & Illustration
DADI - Digital Art Design & Illustration is our knowledgeable graphic and website design company and they always provide a good, efficient service. We use them for Search Engine Optimisation too, and they have plenty of great ideas about how to improve your rankings.
Visit website at: www.dadi-online.com
- WIRE (Women In Rural Enterprise)
WIRE (Women In Rural Enterprise) is an excellent networking group which offers lots of advice and support for women setting up their own business.
Visit website at: www.wireuk.org
Aweber is a fabulous autoresponder tool which takes the hard work out of maintaining a mailing list and emailing your subscribers. We use it for sending out the newsletter each month and for keeping in touch with customers. It automates the whole process and makes your life easier as a result! Very reasonably priced, too.
Visit website at: www.aweber.com
Bookshaker has an irreverent approach which I like, and some really good books about small business success, health, wealth and personal growth.
Visit website at: www.bookshaker.com
- Judith Morgan
Judith Morgan is the wisest, most inspirational coach I have ever come across. She helps people to achieve health, wealth, happiness and have a lot of fun in the process. Judith also writes a great free newsletter called In the Pink!
Visit website at: www.judithmorgan.com
- Alastair Sawday
Alastair Sawday publishes a wonderful series of books called Special Places To Stay, and it's always the first place we look when we go away. You can find B&Bs, hotels, inns and pubs, both in the UK and abroad, and we have loved all their recommendations!
Visit website at: www.sawdays.co.uk
- River Cottage
River Cottage is the virtual home of shaggy-haired chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The site aims to promote a better understanding of the nature and origins of what we eat, and has lots of seasonal recipes, details of interesting courses and much more.
Visit website at: www.rivercottage.net
- Village Bakery
Village Bakery is a great source of organic, healthy breads made using leavens and sourdoughs without product improvers and with the shortest ingredient listings you will find! They also do indulgent things like chocolate brownies.
Visit website at: www.village-bakery.com
- Kitty Fisher's Finds
Kitty Fisher's Finds is a great source of unusual gifts and homewares, both old and new, from jewellery to authentic vintage French chandeliers.
Visit website at: www.kittyfishersfinds.co.uk
- Meg Rivers
Meg Rivers is a mail-order bakery which makes gorgeous cakes and posts them out to you! They also do quirky things like Starving Student gift boxes.
Visit website at: www.megrivers.com
Parachuti is a fairtrade fashion company which is run by my friend Carry Somers, a fellow finalist in the Country Living Enterprising Rural Women Awards. She sells great clothes, slippers and hats made by small producers in South America.
Visit website at: www.panamas.co.uk
- Papa Stour
Papa Stour is a quirky on-line boutique which offers a selection of the very best pieces from Scotland’s contemporary arts and crafts scene - none of the usual mass-market shortbread and tartan goods! I love the luggage label price tags they use on the site.
Visit website at: www.papastour.com
- Fleur Kelly
Fleur Kelly is an artist who lives in a gorgeous house near Frome in Somerset. Not only does Fleur hold specialist painting courses, but she also runs a lovely B&B. We went there recently, and it was just like staying with old friends!
Visit website at: www.fleurkelly.com/bandb
- Remember When UK
Remember When UK specialises in early British collectables & memorabilia - ranging from enamel signs to red telephone kiosks and postboxes.
Visit website at: www.rememberwhenuk.com
- Lower Hurst Farm
Lower Hurst Farm, based in the rolling hills of the Peak District near our own shop, offers mail-order organic beef from cattle bred on the farm and reared organically throughout their lives. They also do a really fabulous range of pies, steak puddings and other home-made dishes.
Visit website at: www.lowerhurstfarm.co.uk
- Old Town
Old Town produces around fifty garments per week from its workshop using British cottons, woollens and linens. I love their utilitarian, retro look!
Visit website at: www.old-town.co.uk
- Thomas Etty Esq.
Thomas Etty Esq. is a somewhat eccentric supplier of heritage seeds (both flower and vegetable) and bulbs for the period garden.
Visit website at: www.thomasetty.co.uk
- House Of Cheese
House Of Cheese is an award-winning family business which has been supplying good cheese since 1982. They specialise in the very best cheese as opposed to factory-produced, often characterless imitations seen in supermarkets and you can buy cheese online too.
Visit website at: www.houseofcheese.co.uk
- The Lara Grace Collections
The Lara Grace Collections is located in one of the big antiques mills just round the corner from Period Features and has a beautiful range of designer curtain fabrics for your home. As featured in "The Daily Telegraph" and "Country Home and Interiors". You can order online too!
Visit website at: www.laragrace.co.uk
- Sheer Luxe
Sheer Luxe Every day new boutiques, jewellers and home stores are popping up online and where better to find out about them than a site dedicated to online shopping.
Visit website at: www.sheerluxe.com