Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp and Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill revealed the five winning businesses, from shops and vintage emporia to antiques centres and auction houses, at an awards ceremony at the Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair today (8th March).
Allsopp, Channel 4’s property and interiors expert, has been a firm supporter of the awards, which champion these unsung heroes of the high street.
Britain’s Best Antiques Shops 2012 Award winners
* Best antiques centre Hungerford Arcade, Hungerford
Gail McLeod, editor of Antiques News & Fairs and organiser of National Antiques Week, says: ‘I have been delighted with the response to this campaign, launched last November in National Antiques Week, to raise the profile of this heritage industry and its fantastic green credentials. The general public have voted in their thousands to give their favourite dealer or auctioneer a chance to win coveted award!
McTear’s Auctioneers in Glasgow, winner of Best Auction House, with Kirstie Allsopp and Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill
Mike and Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie in Brighton, winner of Best Vintage Shop
Hazel Browne and Adrian Gilmour of Hungerford Arcade, winner of Best Antiques Centre
Simon and Sean Clarke of Christopher Clarke Antiques in Stow-on-the-Wold, winner of Best Specialist Shop
Andrew and Sarah Seccombe of Blighty in Cheltenham, winner of Best Antiques Shop
H&A editor Angela Linforth, Kirstie Allsopp, Gail McLeod and H&A deputy editor Natasha Goodfellow