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Hemswell Antique Centres, Hemswell Cliff
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  • I agree with other reviewers that there are some real gems but also some real tat, also that generally you would have to pay top price. I found a couple of items that I wanted to buy from one dealer b...  more »
  • Advertised as largest Antiques centre in Europe. It certainly lives up to that! Wear your comfortable shoes! we walked round the various buildings for a couple of hours. Found what we were looking for...  more »
  • This place is huge, you could easily get lost in here for hours! Beware though, some buildings house better antiques than others. Some are beautifully presented and house some real gems of furniture, ...  more »
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  • I have been buying antiques for 25 years as well as a past antiques dealer operating from Cornwall, but I now only buy for myself. After buying religiously in the Home Counties for the past 20 yrs, I knocked the visits on the head as the quality and shops had simply disappeared. I first visited Hemswell 4 yrs ago and was blown away by the quality and packed the car full of goodies. I have just returned from a trip up to Hemswell from Cornwall and visited the Guardroom at Hemswell, which did not exist on my first visit. This is easily the best quality of all the other buildings. I was delighted to find a beautiful oil portrait of a young lady in a stunning frame and snapped that up. I then went back two days later as I had seen a gorgeous chair and got that in the car as soon as I could. I know quality when I see it. I had seen so much rubbish and tat over recent years that I had given up buying antiques altogether until I came to Hemswell. Even Newark Fair is full of junk! I can't wait to visit Hemswell again in two years time.
  • Great day out for the collector Really good selection of collectables for both the beginner and serious collectors. There are several buildings to browse around with both quality antiques and bric-a-brac to browse through and take you back to yesteryear. I no l certainly enjoyed myself. Probably more suited to people who enjoy the find, but no bargains to be had.
  • Great, interesting place for a day out. Four large hangers with antiques and collectibles. Good to reminisce about the past. Some make small admission charge on a Sunday.
  • As an avid collector of all kinds of antiques over four decades, although the occasional piece of interest can be found at Hemswell, I have always struggled to find very much worth buying on any of the occasions I have been there. Certainly I am able to buy much better items in quantity and quality at other centres in the UK for my very large and constantly growing collections of furniture, paintings, silver, clocks, porcelain, glass, objets de vertu, curios, etc. Some of the stock is damaged, sometimes incorrectly described and much of it is of such very low, basic quality such that whole areas of the buildings resemble car boot sales with a roof over them. Many of the dealers there I have spoken to on various visits bemoan the poor level of sales they are able to achieve as a result of customer disappointment with the items displayed for sale in so many units that fatigue sets in rapidly amongst browsers. And, of course, the quality of many of the visitors to Hemswell, in terms of their wish to buy rather than merely to have a cheap day out gawping, leaves much to be desired. The outdoor section has to be seen to be believed. It is stocked entirely with modern garden centre type items (certainly nothing is in any way antique) for sale. If your wish is to buy a lump of concrete or basic-quality modern planter or item of the calibre that you can find in your local B&Q, then Hemswell is the place to go to. One also has to beware the manager of the site, Mr Robert Miller. If you are so impertinent as to express dissatisfaction with anything , his forced veneer of creepy civility slips readily and he begins to bluster, rant and threaten and squawk like a demented chicken. I have here to confess some sort of interest, in that I tried to sell surplus antiques of my own at Hemswell for a few weeks, but found him so obnoxious and impossible to talk to from the moment I had started to do so that I soon left. Also, I am suing the owners of the centre for monies taken for me but not paid to me. I also had on one occasion to dial 999 to summon police protection against him. Beware. More details and concerns about Hemswell Antiques Centres will be posted in due course. It is now April 3rd, and the owners of the business have received my County Court summons. In the meantime I have received the standard lawyer-speak drivel which of course has no base in reality or fact and which has been written by the central-casting set of ignorant bully solicitors that such companies typically employ. It will not assist them one jot. The simple fact is that the owners of the centres owe me money. I await their defence, after which the matter will proceed to court. I am considering posting the full text of my claim here, and on publishing here any defence filed, in order that readers can fully follow events. I will make a firm decision on this in due course.
  • Three or four large buildings and a few smaller ones to look around. Make sure you have plenty of time and stamina. Oh, and money of course. A vast array of different things to see. You have to go and see it to believe it!!!