Stock up on architectural salvage and add charm, character and a sense of history to your home
Leominster Reclamation & Salvage in Hertfordshire
Reclamation yards are the go-to places for unique finds that will create an individual look for your interior – softening modern lines with time-worn surfaces, distinctive furniture and statement lighting. Here are some of the best outlets across the UK.
Upper Downgate Farm, Sandy Lane, Steep Marsh, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2BG, 01730 231995
If you’re put off by the endless hours of restoration often involved in salvage, this is the yard for you. Here the focus is on bringing all kinds of hidden treasures back to life. Although the company specialises in period doors, including stained-glass designs, it also has a range of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian fireplaces, antique wood flooring and a wonderful selection of furniture made from reclaimed timber, including dining tables and kitchen units. Closed Sundays.
33-34 Gloucester Road, 4AQ, 01273 681656
Nestled in Brighton’s vibrant, bustling North Laine, this family-run antiques and interiors stalwart (shown below) began trading as a fireplace and chimney pot specialist more than 30 years ago, from a former builder’s yard. These days, you’ll discover a veritable treasure trove of salvaged and modern furniture, as well as an eclectic selection of accessories for the home, from old enamel signs to retro crates. Open Monday to Friday 10.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 10.30am-5.30pm.
10 Fosseway Business Park, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9NQ,
01608 652505, Offering an impressive 12,500sq ft warehouse and half an acre of outdoor space, Cox’s is one of the largest and oldest salvage yards in the UK. Highlights include a wide selection of Belfast sinks, Art-Deco lighting, vintage storage boxes boasting advertising slogans, and church pews for a refreshing twist on the traditional dining-table bench. There’s also a good supply of salvage staples, such as flooring, doors and fireplaces. Open Sundays by appointment.
Unit 1 Albion Centre, 1394 South Street, Glasgow
G14 OAP, 0141 958 1113
Born out of a frustration with the lack of recycling in the building industry, this salvage yard has a wealth of reclaimed furniture for the kitchen, from dressers to range cookers. Its owners have been renovating old buildings for years, and through the company now indulge their individual interests, from 1950s plastic handles to kitchen ranges. A sourcing service can help you to track down any item you’re after. Closed Sundays.
Ropewalk, 41 Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA, 020 7394 8061; Three Pigeons, London Road, Milton Common, Oxfordshire OX9 2JN, 01844 277188; Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LG, 020 7394 2100
Salvage chains are a rare breed but, with two branches in London and another in Oxfordshire, this trusted brand is obviously doing something right. Though all have a good selection of furniture and kitchenalia, Ropewalk is probably the best site for a kitchen project. The branch also has a pair of joiners on staff, who can turn their hand to kitchen islands, tables and other furniture made from salvaged timber. An added bonus is the Maltby Street market at weekends, selling delicious artisan produce.
Lassco is one of the best-known architectural and salvage yards
North Road, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0AB, 01568 616205,
If you live in the West Midlands, this is definitely the place to go for architectural antiques, with more than 10,000sq ft of covered barns and three acres of outside display. The variety of salvage and reclaimed materials is huge, and there’s also a good choice of old tiles, shop and industrial signage, plus an impressive selection of kitchen paraphernalia, including French wine racks, butcher’s blocks, scales, copper pots and even a vintage meat safe. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am-5pm.
Harmony Square, Govan, Glasgow G51 3LW, 0845 100 0249
From cool retro fridges and stunning stained-glass panels to industrial lighting, earmark Love Salvage for vintage and reclaimed items. You’ll also find a great selection of restored furniture, architectural salvage, flooring and even kitchen units. Upcycled dining chairs in colourful fabrics and quirky curiosities, such as destination signage from Glasgow trams, will add a playful touch to your kitchen. A restoration and sourcing service is also available. Open Monday to Wednesday by appointment, and Thursday to Sunday from 9am-5pm.
Cirencester Road, Aston Down, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 8PE,
One of the UK’s largest suppliers of reclaimed architectural features, Masco has been offering a fantastic selection of furniture for the kitchen for more than 30 years, from old display and apothecary cabinets to 1960s Formica tables. It’s also excellent for unusual finishing touches, such as old milk churns, shellfish buckets and flat irons. Masco is part of the Reclaim & Reuse Group, which includes The Old Radiator Company and The Vintage Floor Tile Company, giving visitors a wider access to quality reclaimed products.
1016 Harrow Road, London NW10 5NS, 020 8960 6060
There are two prongs to this savvy business – a hip interior design arm which provides whole room solutions, and a salvage section. You’ll find plenty of covetable vintage furniture, from cabinets to tables, and the company excels at old school and science lab furniture, plus hardwood worktops that will lend an industrial feel to your scheme. Also in stock are unique pieces such as enamel tube maps, which make striking wall art.
Head to Retrouvious for cool and quirky vintage and antique pieces
This online resource is a great starting point for your search, providing a list of dealers, yards, shops and showrooms where you can buy antique, reclaimed, salvaged and green materials. It also has a section offering salvage for sale. Expect to find a good choice of furniture, plus kitchenalia, old signs, flooring and fireplaces. The upcycled area is worth a look for stylish and unique dining furniture.
Kings Oak Nursery, Tingeys Top Lane, Enfield EN2 9BJ, 020 8362 1666,
Based in north London since 1973, this yard trades in a broad range of antique architectural salvage, artefacts and traditional building materials. Expect to find a range of dressers, sideboards and cabinets and staples such as fireplaces, old doors and flagstones. You can also work with one of the company’s craftsmen to restore heritage pieces. A fuller building restoration service is available, too.
North Sea House, Wollaston Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 2PD, 01502 589111
This family-run yard on the Suffolk/Norfolk border has a selection of old school and shop fittings, including drapers’ shop units, apothecary cabinets, lab stools, work tables and desks. You’ll also find factory and Belfast sinks. Restoration advice is on hand and if you can’t face the thought of doing it yourself, in-house craftsmen can do the work for you. Closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and half-day Saturdays.
Station Road, Exminster, Devon EX6 8DZ 01392 833499
Kitchens are a speciality at Tobys – the company has over 25 years’ experience supplying bespoke solid-wood cabinetry made from new or recyled timber, with a wide range of worktops, including reclaimed pine and rustic slate. Located in an old Victorian railway station, the yard has an excellent range of traditional salvage, as well as Belfast sinks, butcher’s blocks, farmhouse tables and chairs, period lighting, radiators and plenty of other kitchen-related pieces.
Tobys supply good-quality period fittings, features and materials
Hill Farm, 84 Hayfield Hill, Cannock Wood, Staffordshire WS15 4RU, 01543 222923,
Claiming to have the UK’s largest online stock of architectural antiques, this friendly Staffordshire yard (shown right) also displays many restored salvage pieces, like revamped tables with copper or zinc tops. Also on offer are vintage ranges and stoves, as well as more unusual pieces like old postboxes. The company is also an agent for new Lloyd Loom furniture. By appointment.
Grove Barn, Wormelow, Herefordshire HR2 8EG, 0845 644 9051,
Since this family-owned business was established in 2006, UK Architectural Heritage says it has amassed one of the largest stocks of genuine architectural antiques in the UK, and plans to double the size of its premises in the next few years. The focus here is on decorative items, including old crates, cabinets and a wide range of tables and chairs, as well as over 1,000 restored doors and more than 400 antique fireplaces.
UK Architectural Heritage boasts one of the largest stocks of quality architectural antiques in the UK
Tyning Road, Bath BA2 6TQ, 01225 469557
Walcot Architectural Salvage specialises in reclaimed stone and wood flooring, but there are lots of other quirky finds at this old timber yard to help personalise your kitchen space. Furniture and accessories are plentiful, from cabinets to mirrors, but keep an eye out for unusual pieces, such as hessian French-grain sacks, perfect for storing potatoes and root veg. The company also offers a bespoke design service, making a range of items, such as wine racks (shown left) from reclaimed wood and metal. Open Monday to Friday from 8.30am-4.30pm, and Saturday from 10am-2pm. Closed Sundays.
Isca Yard, Milman Street, Newport NP20 2JL, 01633 212945
Welsh Salvage is probably the biggest architectural salvage and reclamation company in south Wales. All kinds of reclaimed goods are on offer, but make a beeline for the great range of kitchen salvage, from Belfast sinks and vintage light fittings to pub glass panels, antique mirrors and furniture such as old cabinets and pews.
For a list of architectural salvage dealers in your area, try Salvoweb.