In addition to displaying our stunning range of antiques and collectibles, 26 Westgate Street contains beautiful and outstandingly well preserved Tudor roofing and windows, vintage industrial equipment and boasts fantastic views of Gloucester Cathedral.
"No 26" is a historic gem in its own right, adjacent to the bewitching Maverdine Lane, once thought to be the site of the military headquarters of Colonel Edward Massey commander of the defence forces against the King's main army during the siege of Gloucester in 1643 (conventional wisdom now says he was based outside the city walls).
There are four ages of development of Maverdine House. The oldest part of the building dates to 1470. The internationally recognised Tudor part was constructed around 1540. In the late 18th century, these two houses were joined together, extended to the rear, and upwards to the attic. During the tenure of the Winfields in the 20th century, an additional extension was put on the back of the previous extension.
The building has, during its history of more than 500 years, been a merchants town house, an apothecary, a merchants' guild and a clothier. For more than 120 years it was home to seed merchants, the Winfields. For many locals, it is this use that stands out in the memory. In 2000, the building was used as a book shop, then left empty for several years until the Gloucester Antiques Centre moved in in 2015.
There is much restoration work to be done in the building, and it is hoped that the presence of the Antiques Centre, will help to breathe life back into large parts of "No 26".
During Heritage Week in September, it is possible to to partake in guided tours around our fascinating medieval building and the adjacent Maverdine Lane - a "must see" for lovers of history and architecture alike. These can be arranged by contacting Gloucester Civic Trust at St Michael's Tower, on Gloucester Cross, during Heritage Week(website www.gloucestercivictrust.org.uk or tel 01452 526955).
We are delighted that Gloucester City Council has approved the installation of an elevator which will enable easy access to the upper part of our ancient building, for both our customers and history enthusiasts alike. For further information contact Mick Cant on 01452 529716 or email him at: email@example.com
We are looking forward to being able to show you our wonderful Antiques Centre in Gloucester. Come and pay us a visit!