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We're In The Gazette! This was our very first website article

We've hit the headlines again - click to see our article in the Antiques Trade Gazette.

"The newly formed Antiques Association, which occupies two floors of a five-storey Georgian building in the town's Market Place, opened its doors at the end of October 2013 with some 35+ dealers. Notice to quit the Abbey centre came on September 1 2013."

Anna adds..."We've been very busy since the opening, with such good feedback, and couldn't be in a better spot. The move did us all a favour in the end as we look out of the windows here and it's a bustling place outside, unlike it often was at the Abbey."

"Furniture dealer John Bly has one room at The Antiques Association. For him the Association is a home from home: "Just like my original shop in Tring" he said."

John has now moved on but his room has been occupied by Cambridge Fine Art showing mostly oil painting by listed artists.

Visiting Us

Our opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. seven days per week, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

There is a large FREE car park less than 100 yards from our building and at least 7 great places to eat and drink for all tastes and pockets.

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Who, Where, How!

The Antiques Association is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Woburn, Bedfordshire. The shop has been open now for over 5 years after relocating from the long established Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre.

There are two floors packed with quality antiques and art of every description and in every price range. 35 dealers - most of whom have been established in the Antiques trade for many years, work hard to stock and display their areas to a high standard.

You'll find Ceramics, Silver, Glass, Furniture, Collectibles such as Teddy Bears, Handbags, Compacts, Fans and Kitchenalia, Pictures, Jewellery, Tapestries, Ceramics and Desk Furniture. Be sure to check our catalogue for latest examples of new stock coming in every day!


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AA Back In The News!

We are in the news again on the Milton Keynes Citizen

Over 30 of the Dealers from the now closed Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre have banded together to form The Antiques Association in a fabulous five storey Georgian townhouse at Market Place in the village of Woburn.

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The Creation of The Antiques Association

The summer of 2013 saw the totally unexpected closure of the well-known Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre, situated for 46 years in the South Court within the grounds of Woburn Abbey, home to the Dukes of Bedford since the late 1600s.

32 of the existing 43 dealers from the Abbey centre have re-located to the centre of Woburn Village at 4, Market Place. Although several dealers have now left us due to retirement or re-location, we have managed to replace them with other dealers of good quality/standards of items.   We mostly offer traditional Antiques but are also happy to have Art Deco, vintage, decorative and a small selection of quality clothing and accessories.  Beside us in Woburn are other interesting shops, the Auction Rooms of Charles Ross Fine Art and Hotels pubs and restaurants. Named The Antiques Association, the centre occupies the ground and lower ground floor of a beautiful double fronted Georgian building. We officially opened on November 1st, 2013.

Our aim is to continue to offer a wide range of quality antiques and art at fair prices.

Situated in the Home Counties, close to the M1 and fairly close to the M25 and M40, The Antiques Association is easily accessed from London, the south of England and middle England. Luton Airport is but a few miles away.

The Centre has a huge variety of quality antiques, both large and small, to suit every pocket. Furniture includes Georgian, oak and country, Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & crafts, painted and some upholstered. There is a large selection of pottery, porcelain, glass, treen, copper, brass, silver and objet virtue. Some dealers specialise in paintings, both oils and watercolours, Japanese items, boxes of every description, prints & maps and there is also some taxidermy and lighting on offer, miniatures and silhouettes also feature.

We repeat that now in 2019 several of the original dealers have moved on or retired, being replaced by fresh dealers of interesting, good quality antiques.   Subjects also represented are Silver, some Militaria and Scientific Instruments and Art Deco.

Most of the Dealers have been established in the Antiques Trade for many years.

The Antiques Association is open Daily from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., 7 days a week, closing only on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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The Village and History

Woburn was first recorded as a hamlet in 969 and is found in the Domesday Book of 1086. It is best known as the location of Woburn Abbey, founded by Cistercian monks in 1145 and granted to the first Earl of Bedford in 1538 after the dissolution of the monasteries, and Woburn Safari Park. Woburn has been burned down and rebuilt three times. A mediaeval chimney fire spread due to the prevalence of thatched roofs and closely built houses. Then, during the English Civil War, the Cavaliers burned down much of the village and in 1724 a third fire destroyed much of the town, which was re-built in the Georgian style that remains today.

During the nineteenth century, Woburn was an important staging post on a nationwide coaching network. The town had 27 inns and the first 24 hour post office outside of London. However, with Woburn Sands and not Woburn being selected for a railway station, Woburn's importance attached to its strategic location decreased. The population fell from 2100 in 1851 to 700 about a century later.

The full history on Woburn and surrounding areas can be found in the Heritage Centre in the village or on their website - .   Also a good website to visit is 

Woburn today is now brimming with specialist shops, antique centres, hotels, pubs and restaurants as well as the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Bedfordshire, Paris House.   It supports a Farmers Market on the third Sunday every month, a village festival is hoped to be revived and a yearly open garden day among other events.   Centre Parcs opened Spring 2014

We have been joined by a Sloth

For those of you who didn't know, the name for a group or collection of bears is a "Sloth" or "Sleuth".   Please look at our Teddy section in the catalogue menu to see the great selection of antique and vintage bears on offer.

Our Teddy Bear specialist has now moved on.   She is currently running 2 International Toy Fairs per year.   For information please go to 

Another dealer is now offering popular collectible Bears, antique, vintage and "retired"(no longer in production).


John Bly Lectures & Regular Customer Draws

Antiques Association Dealer and Antiques Roadshow expert, John Bly hosted 3 Lectures on "Antique English Silver" in October 2014.

The Lectures have now taken place and were well received and enjoyed.   Participants learned facts and asked questions whilst enjoying nibbles and a glass (or 2) of wine.

Sadly John has now moved on but his events are greatly missed.

Regular Customer Draws took place over a period of two years.   Although both were appreciated and successful they are now a thing of the past.   We would always welcome suggestions and ideas for other events and promotions.

Regular Customer Draws

The Antiques Association customer draw took place throughout 2014.   

Many clients were happy winners



Regular Dealer News

We are lucky to have been joined over the past year by several interesting dealers specialising in small Georgian furniture, treen, glass, instruments and tools.  


Paula Raven from London is another recent addition to our collective.   Her speciality is an eclectic mix of fine fans, bijouterie, haberdashery and many other interesting items



 Fans and haberdashery


Our dealer here is an expert on this fascinating area of collecting being a member of The Fan Circle International and of The Fan Museum in Greenwich London.

She also has a large range of haberdashery accoutrements including buttons, lace and vintage trims from the Victorian era to the 1950’s. As well as appealing to private collectors, fans in addition to varied and diverse items have been supplied for period film and television productions including Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey.

A popular and interesting area of collecting today still remains the fan.

Historically the fan was a utilitarian object to help keep cool in hot climates and to fan fires but evolved from antiquity as a status symbol and indicator of rank and protocol.

Fans discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs were of this nature and can be seen depicted in their art, used to cool the high ranking officials and royal persons.

It’s believed that the folding fan that we are all familiar with, was invented in Japan and introduced into China during the 9th century.

The use of fans would migrate over the continents during antiquity as status symbols and ornaments of fashion. Certainly by the Renaissance Period fans were firmly an essential luxury for high ranking ladies in Europe.

The golden period for the fan in Europe is widely considered to be from the middle of the 18th century and through the 19th century.

The world famous jeweller Faberge also made fans which were noted for their high levels of artistry and quality, especially distinguished by the enamelled and jewelled guard sticks.

The 1st World War effectively saw the fan disappear from use as society changed and during the 1920’s saw the end of the fan as a fashion accessory.


Fresh Unusual Items

 Regency Gilt Bronze Candelabra

New into the shop here at the Antiques Association, a fine Regency period candelabra.

This piece is very individual and atmospheric with its classical figure supporting twin crystal candle sconces.



The Regency was a time of elegant style in architecture, furniture and design, with the Grand Tours of the wealthy at the time generating great interest in the ancient Greek and Roman history, which included the love of sculpture and bronzes from the classical era.

This piece is an elegant and decorative candelabra to grace even the more contemporary interior of today. 


American "Bellhop" Monkey

For something to make you smile what about this charming little character.   This Bellhop monkey is 21 inches tall with his original clothes, button eyes and dates to around 1914.

This character left us a couple of years ago for a new home.


Bell Hop boys were found in Grand Hotels.   They get their name from when the hotel front desk clerk rang a bell to summon a porter.   These were mostly teenage boys and they would "hop" to attention to receive instructions service the customer with their luggage.

The Bellhop character was very popular and commercially successful for many years and even today.   The German company Schuco made jointed mechanical versions and they could also be found in many variants of pottery, wood and celluloid




Skills and Services

Many of our dealers offer other skills such as restoration, identification, valuations and picture framing.

However, we have special friends of The Antiques Association, such as:


Visiting Us

Our opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. seven days per week, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

There is a large FREE car park less than 100 yards from our building and at least 7 great places to eat and drink for all tastes and pockets.

Visit us on google maps by clicking here.