Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Lassco open Three Pigeons outpost

Milton Common, Oxfordshire UK - LONDON Architectural Salvage & Supply Co Ltd, aka Lassco, having spent the last few years repositioning itself in Ropewalk Bermondsey and Brunswick House Vauxhall, south of the Thames, has finally left the former church of St Michael's, Shoreditch, in the heart of City of London, and opened a former pub called The Three Pigeons just off junction seven of the M40 in Oxfordshire.

The ground floor is a warren of decorative and architectural antiques, while oustide in the grounds is a display or old and new garden ornament. The day I was there Thames Valley Antique Dealers Association had organised a swap shop in the Three Pigeons' car park, a fish and chip van was providing lunch, music was blaring out and everyone was in good cheer. It is early days yet, but both Anthony Reeves, the manager, and Adrian Amos, the empresario, seemed well pleased with their new baby.

St Michael's church just off Commercial Road, Shoreditch, which had been Lassco's original base from 1977 has now been taken over completely by Geoff Westland and rebranded Westland London to become London's principal antique fireplace showrooms.

Westland London

The last shot of the mini-video above shows a pile of green-painted doors from the cells of Clerkenwell Prison, which was used for Victorian Britain's political dissidents. The music is taken from Balm in Gilead by Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1936-1977) at the 1972 Montreux Jazz Festival.

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