A still strange 2021

We are to reopen on 12th April, the opening times are for winter/Spring Monday – Saturday 10.00pm – 4.00 pm when we re-open .To spring  time of the year already,  Generally we have seen an increase in all sales when we did open,  together with decorative items such as lighting and curtain accessories also military items etc.

Antiques road trip called in, the first  programme to be aired in the winter 2020 /21 this programme was on 17th of May 2021 with newbie Arita Marriott and Tim Midhurst.

Antiques road trip called in twice with Louise Costelow and Phil Serrell the competitors, they did make some purchases.

Silver is as popular as ever,  also we have a good selection of sewing miscellanea.

Look at our product page for items which are updated regularly and also ring us on our landline number , yes we still have one, after all we are an antique centre.

After the airing of the Bargain Hunt series we took part in six years ago and subsequent repeats they seem to come round every three weeks, at least one of the shows, the programme still brings in the public to Horncastle making it still a destination for buyers and dealers.

New teams and new experts  came to visit us in 2018 with the Bargain Hunt program makers   Paul Laidlaw and, new-to-the-program Christina Trevanion, plus 8 teams of bargain hunters enjoyed searching for antique and collectable gems.  The first red team bought all three items from us and we carried on in the same vein throughout the two days. It’s a logistical conundrum as only one film crew can be in one centre at a time so fun and games were had by all!. The auction they used was in Lincoln this time. All went very well and these shows have now been televised and been entertaining and have been great publicity for us and our town of Horncastle.

Well, despite the extremely difficult market conditions we have increased sales and dealer numbers and thus the variety and amount of stock we hold including the growing market of ‘decorative pieces’. These include curtain poles and accessories, lighting and mirrors which have proved to be very popular with the younger generation of buyers. Those doing renovations to their homes have bought from us items as diverse as an ivory and brass Edwardian door bell to a 6 arm french glass chandelier. The French theme has continued with the sale of many beautiful brass swing hold backs and pole supports, in fact that particular dealer is struggling to keep up with demand!

Silver  still proves to be one of our most popular purchases, from tiny object de vertu, to the larger items such as serving dishes and a notable ‘Harrods’ retailed James Dixon oak boxed 6 place cutlery set from the early 20th century.

Furniture.  Well, we all know how the unfortunate ‘brown’ label only helps to talk down what is the hidden secret to any interior designers box of tricks. We at Drill Hall Antiques have adapted to the market shift and have found that there is still a good market out there for good pieces of any era at the right price. Book shelves and troughs, chests of drawers, wardrobes, towel rails and dining tables etc, in other words the practical pieces are still very popular and if you have tried to buy a piece in good condition at auction will know, are holding their prices. To buy the ‘equivalent’ new, especially in solid wood, can be extremely expensive with little assurance that it is built from wood coming from a renewable source. Buying an antique piece is the ultimate in recycling and will still have a growing value the longer you have it.   That’s got to be good!   Our advice would be: now is the time to buy it.

We have a new selection of lighting on offer.

And Horncastle?

Horncastle deserves its accolade as one of the foremost towns in the UK for Antiques and Collectables for both retail and trade customers and I’m sure this will continue to help bring us more and more customers from the local, domestic and international markets.

We have also been busy with so many major fairs on our doorstep: Peterborough, Lincoln,Swinderby and Newark to name just the main ones which attract a lot of foreign buyers, also a number of smaller antique and collectable fairs have sprung up,Woodhall Spa, Alford, Horncastle at the Stanhope centre and Spilsby which keeps us on our toes with both the dealers and the customers  these events bring to our neck of the woods. it is easy to see why Horncastle is such a well visited town.  Having a good sized  car park right behind our centre is a great advantage for us the first hour is free.  Horncastle is still an evolving vibrant town with old fashioned charm and character mixed with its recognise label as an ‘Antiques’ Town.  With the old Town Hall (now the Stanhope Hall),next to us, being returned to the Horncastle population and being used for various events including Robert Bell and Co.s auctions we expect to see it go from strength to strength as it is returned to its former glory thanks to its refurbishment, which is well on its way.

We hope you will visit us either in person or virtually via this website.

Bye for now,

All at The Drill Hall Antique Centre / our e-mail address is

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Bargain hunt made four programmes in July 2012, most of it from the Drillhall ,they have named it the Horncastle Fair it will be broadcast either in December or early next year, Tim Wonnacott, Jonathan Pratt and Charles Hanson were on hand , the auction was in August from Batemans in Stamford with some interesting results it will be a MUST watch.


Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip to visit

On July 13th, 2011, posted in: News by Comments Off on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip to visit

We are pleased to announce that we are to be visited by BBC 1 ‘s“Bargain Hunt” in July and then again by BBC 2’s “Antiques Road Trip” in August. Be sure to tune in!

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Welcome to our New Website

On April 20th, 2011, posted in: News by Comments Off on Welcome to our New Website

Welcome to the new website of Drill Hall Antiques Centre which has been developed in collaboration with Blue Spire Design. Please explore our site to read about our products, news and how to contact us.

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Drill Hall visited by Antiques Road Trip

On February 1st, 2011, posted in: News by Comments Off on Drill Hall visited by Antiques Road Trip

The centre was visited by David Barbie on the BBC 2 programme “Antiques Road Trip” in Feb. 2011. And Bargain Hunt has made Four programmes for 2013 mainly using the Drillhall for its Horncastle trip. The main professionals being Jonathan Pratt  and Charles Hanson. These programmes were made the weekend of 21st and 22nd of July 2012.

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