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“A beautiful town, well looked after”

Halstead Antiques Centre
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Halstead
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Beautiful antiques centre in an 18th silk mill straddling the River Colne. All types of antiques and collectables available, with 80 dealers spread over two floors.Open 7 days a week: Monday to Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday - 10 am to 4 pm. Townsford Mill makes an ideal place for a family day out. Please come and visit us soon.
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Halstead is a very pretty town that has achieved gold in Britain in Bloom and Anglia in Bloom for the past few years. The flowers are stunning and worth a visit to Halstead just for that.
The Antiques centre is on the river, next to what used to be courtaulds (silk factory) now the co-op. The centre is on two floors with lots a nic naks to search through and explore. There is lots of individual sellers which are happy to barter with you. The place is large and can take a while to wonder around and take in all the antiques. There is a restaurant there as well, so you can always break your visit up and stop for lunch. There is also a cafe by the river that serves tea and coffee. A lovely town and well worth a visit. Happy hunting.

Thank Shirley E
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Reviewed July 29, 2014

This centre is a must if you are in the area.
Fabulous selection of antiques and nic nacs spent hours wondering around.
Lovely owner couldnt be more helpful.
The restaurant was also great.
Overall its a great day out highly recommended we will be back.

1  Thank lobiloo66
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

Halstead is a pretty market town on the Essex/Suffolk border and this Antiques Centre is well worth a visit. It is housed in a beautiful old mill, that started life grinding corn but more latterly was used for weaving silk. It is very atmospheric to wander the huge space, crammed full of antiques and objects d'art, with the sound of water, gently rushing below. As it is an old mill, you should be prepared to climb a few stairs.

Entrance is free as all of the exhibits are on sale. I was a bit unsure whether it would have been out of my price range - or areas of interest - but there is something for everyone over the two floors: furniture; jewellery; clothing; books; pictures; etc. And prices start quite low. There are also some areas that display new items which appear to be remainders from posh shops, like Harrods, but at a fraction of the price. So it is a perfect place to receive a history lesson and buy a bargain at the same time! From time to time, the Centre appears to run special exhibitions: the current one entitled "All Creatures Great and Small."

There is a small coffee shop on the upper floor and for those who require a meal, there is an attractive looking restaurant on the ground floor. The Centre also has special events and I noticed that the next is a vintage fashion show (for which there is a modest entrance fee but for which you receive refreshments and some sort of goodie bag).

If you are in the area, this is a must see. But it is also a nice day out and destination in its own right. On Saturday's there is also a market along the high street, which means you can make more of a day of it.

Thank Roland D
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Located in a mill astride a beautiful river in the heart of Halstead, Essex, this is a 'must visit' whenever we are anywhere nearby. The location alone is worth a visit, and be sure to take a walk alongside the building to watch the seemingly peaceful water turn into a roaring torrent as it roars down below the mill.

You'll find two floors of individually-leased booths or stalls with a variety of 'stuff' that runs the gamut from fun junk and old magazines to unusual collectibles to genuine antiques and estate sale jewelry. Helpful staff are always willing to call an owner to see if they'll accept your offer of a slightly lower price than the one marked. We've always managed to get a lower price simply by asking.

We have also enjoyed lunch at the Mill restaurant so you might wish to make it a full day out, visiting the antique booths, the restaurant and - if you're then on a Friday - the fresh fish and farm veg stalls along the High Street.

1  Thank harris16464
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Loved items, not expensive or stuffy.nice owner and good mix of things. They should take over the Dickens inn.

2  Thank sarah s
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