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Aladdin's cave of architectural treasures opens its doors

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 02 November 2017 7:21

Aladdin's cave of architectural treasures opens its doors

For those looking for those special features for their home, business or property we can let you know about a secret store which may just contain the answers to your dreams.

Anyone who has ever so much as dipped their toe into the world of reclamation will have come across Ronson Reclaim at Sandhurst, a Gloucestershire institution for nigh on three and a half decades.

What you might not know is that the business – which has supplied customers from English Heritage and our very Gloucester Cathedral and Docks to celebrities nationally and internationally – has another hoard it keeps aside for private viewings.

Items include exotic statues, marble-like cherubs, vases, busts, figurines, Americana, signage, pots, tiles and furniture for the home and garden. A positive wonderland of oddities, as well as significant expertise in and stock of stone flooring.

It was the last great flooding of the River Severn which rocked its business such that founder, Ron Jones, and son and business partner David Jones put their heads together for a solution – and somewhere to store some of its most interesting items.

“We have been looking for a second site since 2014 when the business was out of action for 10 weeks,” said Kate Jones, daughter to David, the man behind the new arm of the operation.

Work began the following year when new premises were located. With the help of family members The Gallery, a selection of discreet showrooms, was created in a residential area of Longford opposite the Queen’s Head public house (also a customer of The Gallery).

Lee, David’s brother, and Clive, David’s son, worked tirelessly to get the buildings turned around in a 12-month period.

What they have created is – to borrow a fitting cliché – an Aladdin’s Cave of intriguing, conversation starting, eye-catching, intriguing items and a catalogue of Cotswold Stone flooring complete with three showrooms showing the surfaces in situ.

Carly, David’s partner and Kate, David’s eldest daughter are the hosts at the appointment-only facility.

The new showrooms allow customers to view some of Ronson’s most individual pieces - less than a mile away from the main Severn side site. The venture ensures not just a new life for hundreds of items sourced from across the UK and beyond, much of it by Carly, but for the passion for architectural salvage continues to thrive with three generations of the family now firmly part of the business.

Staff at The Gallery have already helped send a shipping container of items to a UK expat couple in Australia and a traditional red telephone box to Maryland in the United States of America.

Doors to the gallery are by appointment only during the week but open from Saturday, November 4, from 10am to 3pm until Christmas.

 

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