The year 1825...


...Charles Dickins is still in school, Georg Ohm is still trying to fathom his electrical law, the world has never seen a photograph, and it will take 16 weeks journeying by wind power alone, to travel to the distant continent of Nova Hollandia, which is just officially adopting a new name – 'Australia'.

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On a happy spring day in the small English market town of Loughborough, a wedding has taken place. John Booth and Jane Lewell are married on the 9th of May, the ink drying on the marriage certificate states he is a joiner by trade.

Stepping from the church, he could scarcely imagine that nearly 200 years later his little business would still be thriving, only 50 yards away, immediately over the road from where he is standing on Church Gate with his new bride.

John is a carpenter, joiner and upholsterer of some repute in the town, as expected his son William joins him in the business at the earliest opportunity.


Charles Lowe (great great grandfather of the current directors), a Methodist farmer’s son, grew up on his father’s farm on the outskirts of Loughborough. From early age he showed great interest in antiques, starting to buy and sell them by his mid-teens, and taking an apprenticeship with the ageing Messer’s John and William Booth in the town a few years later.  

His enthusiasm sees young Charles rapidly progress his knowledge and skills in furnishings and antiques. In due course he is offered a partnership in the business which he readily accepts, becoming a well-known character locally and an authority within the trade. By the age of 27 his hard work and dedication have paid off and he is able to buy out William Booth, becoming sole owner of the business as it enters its 5th decade.

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Within a decade Charles greatly expands products and services offered, wins some fantastic contracts and purchases the current premises.