Victoriana is a small family business started by myself, Tony Bell in 1980. My grandmother was in the antiques trade from the 1920s until the early 1970s so from childhood I have had a fascination with antiques and all things historical after leaving school I started a business dealing in general antiques and small architectural items.
The large scale redevelopment of Salford and areas of Manchester in the late 70s and early 80s led to the sudden availability of a huge amount architectural salvage from Victorian and Georgian fireplaces to lamp posts and slates.
This was the catalyst that led me to start Victoriana Fireplaces. Great days were spent rescuing cast iron fireplace, and all manner of under-valued and largely unwanted architectural items, at one point I had over 500 chimney pots! I think most have now ended up as plant pots……Although I did sell several to ITV when they were developing the Coronation Street set in Salford….. Oh the irony! ‘’Coals to Newcastle’’