Holt Antiques at
Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
NR22 6BN

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05/11/20 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) & The Second National Lockdown from Thursday 5th November 2020

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the second National Lockdown.

Dear Customers...

As you are probably aware, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented turmoil to the retail shop / High Street sector since 23rd March 2020 with all non-essential shops forced to close. The UK Government initially took the decision to allow this sector which, includes Antiques Stores, to re-open from 15th June 2020, but only if we were/are able to meet specified criteria outlined in the "COVID 19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES" along with the rules set out by North Norfolk District Council. 

We are now presented with a second National Lockdown for non-essential shops effective from 5th November 2020.

We must act responsibly during this challenging period, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers continues.

With the above in mind, we have had to make the difficult decision to keep our store at Walsingham CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The mill will not re-open until some time in 2021 when the virus risk has hopefully abated and we are able to meet any Covid-19 related rules and regulations set out by the relevant authorities at that time.

MUCH OF OUR STOCK IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE VIA OUR WEBSITE (WITH NEW STOCK ADDED WEEKLY) where we are committed to maintaining our outstanding level of service. Please see:


The Management Team at Holt Antiques would like to thank every one of you for your continued support during this time.

Robin Dunkley

Managing Director, Holt Antique Furniture Ltd

Late 18th Century English Antique Iron Whaling Harpoon


A rare late 18thC English antique iron whaling harpoon head. Whilst we are not an advocate of modern day whaling, it must remembered that this dates to a previous age when whaling was deemed acceptable.

Sourced from a collection of maritime sailor art and related items and understood to originate from Hull, East Yorkshire, England. 

Whaling from Hull - A Brief History:

Whaling started from Hull in 1598 with the discovery of Greenland by navigator Sir Hugh Willoughby. 

The seventeenth century saw a sharp decline in the industry, but it was soon revived in the mid-1700s, thanks to Sir Samuel Standidge. He organised a small and highly successful fleet of Hull whalers during the 1750s and 1760s.

It wasn’t until the early nineteenth century, however, that the city’s whaling industry began to thrive. From 1815-1825, it is estimated that 2,000 men were employed in the trade, with over 60 whaling vessels. This made Hull’s whaling fleet the largest in Britain.

By the mid-nineteenth century, there was only a handful of whalers left working in/from Hull. The industry had started to decline back in the 1830s, but the situation got worse with the introduction of steam-powered whalers in Dundee and Peterhead.

The Diana disaster in 1867 was the final nail in the coffin of the city’s whaling industry. The unfortunate incident resulted in 13 men dying, including the ship’s captain.

The ship washed up two years later on the Lincolnshire coast, where she was broken up. This marked the end of Hull’s prominent role in the whaling industry.

Condition - as per the images. Some surface pitting. The shaft has been long since lost. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE IMAGES HAVE BEEN LIGHTENED FOR DISPLAY ON THIS WEBSITE. 


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We are a member of the following 3 Professional Institutions:

1. LAPADA (London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association) -  LAPADA is the UK’s largest trade association for professional art & antique dealers (representing approximately 500 UK dealer members). All items are backed by our LAPADA guarantee.


2. CINOA - CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations (representing 5000 dealers from 32 associations in 22 countries).


3. The Norfolk & Suffolk Antique Dealers Association.

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