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

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19/04/21 - Our Walsingham Store is now open for business but operating on reduced hours!

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).

We have now re-opened our doors to customers who wish to visit the mill in person.

Our opening hours are:

Sunday - closed

Monday - closed

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Friday - open - 11am to 4pm

Saturday - open 11am to 4pm

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1. The shop can only accomodate a maximum of 6 customers at any one time;

2. Facemasks must be worn continually whilst in-store. We do not allow any exceptions to this;

3. Hand sanitizer (provided by us) must be used on entry;

4. Please follow the one-way system which is marked out in-store; and

5. Please obey the 2 metre distancing rule. Again this is marked out in-store.

Thanks for your continued support and understanding during this time.

Large & Impressive 18th Century English Antique Treen Mortar and Pestle - Most Probably Sycamore, By Repute from the Kitchens of Wentworth Woodhouse

  • Reference : 2218
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : Mortar height 9 1/4" x diameter 7 3/8"; Pestle length 12"
  • Price : £595


A large and impressive treen mortar and pestle.  The mortar is turned from sycamore with fruitwood pestle.

18th Century. By repute from the kitchens of Wentworth Woodhouse. We are unable to verify whether this is correct although we are aware that the Wentworth Woodhouse archive is held by Sheffield City Libraries.

The contents of the property were sold off at three auction sales held in 1948, 1986 and 1998.

Wentworth Woodhouse is a Grade I listed country house in the village of Wentworth, near RotherhamSouth YorkshireEngland. It served as "One of the great Whig political palaces". Its east front is 606 feet (180m) long, making it the longest country house façade in Europe.  It is also the largest private house in the United Kingdom, with 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of floorspace. The house comprises more than 300 rooms with some claiming 365, one for every day of the year, though experts are not unanimous as to the exact number. The house covers an area of over 2.5 acres (1.0 ha) and is surrounded by a 180-acre (73 ha) park and by an estate of 15000 acres (6100 ha), which is now separately owned.

It was originally a Jacobean house, which was entirely rebuilt by Thomas Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham (1693–1750). It was later reduced to the status of a wing by the immense scale of the new great addition created by his son the 2nd Marquess, who was twice Prime Minister, and who established at Wentworth Woodhouse an important Whig powerhouse. In the 18th century it was inherited by the Earls Fitzwilliam who owned it until 1979 (having leased it from 1949 to 1979 to West Riding County Council, where the house was home to the Lady Mabel College of Physical Education, which trained female physical education teachers. The college later merged with Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University), who eventually gave up the lease in 1988 due to the prohibitive cost of maintenance. 

By 1989 the house was in a poor state of repair. With the Polytechnic no longer a tenant, and with the family no longer requiring the house, the family trustees decided to sell it and the 70 acres (280,000 m2) surrounding it, but retained the Wentworth Estate's 15,000 acres (61 km2) of land. The house was bought by locally-born businessman Wensley Grosvenor Haydon-Baillie, who started a programme of restoration; however a business failure caused it to be repossessed by a Swiss bank and put back on the market in 1998. Clifford Newbold (July 1926 - April 2015), an architect from Highgate, bought it for something over £1.5 million. Newbold progressed with a defined programme of renovation/restoration as evidenced in Country Life magazine dated 17 February and 24 February 2010. Newbold sadly passed away earlier this year and as a result the house is now on the market for sale for a cool £8 Million however it requires an additional £40-£42 million spending on it to restore it to its former glory.

Condition - good as per images.

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