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Home Is Where the Family Business Is

Fri 6 September 2019

Helen Coxill, tells us the story of how her family's association with McCartneys has spanned 40 years and it began in the summer of 1979:-

"My parents Alan & Cara Beirne instructed McCartneys to sell our family home - The Walkmill at Cascob, where they started trading as Walkmill Antiques, also renting 3 shops down Station Road in Knighton at the same time.

After McCartneys successfully sold The Walkmill, Mum & Dad bought 7 High Street which has been our Family Home ever since. As well as 7 High Street they also bought 3 Broad Street, (now Knighton fine arts), and relocated their Business there, 

My parents traded happily for years. The mainstay customers were a diverse range of people and many of them became lifelong friends.

Sadly, in 1985 my Mum became ill and passed away. 

Number 3 Broad Street had been rented out by my Dad, trading as a bookshop until McCartneys were instructed to sell it in 2002.

My Dad continued to trade for several years from the shopfront at 7 High Street, (known locally as The Narrows), until he decided to retire.

In 2017 my Dad passed away and the pull of my family home was too great for us to be able to sell it on. Following a probate valuation of the property by McCartneys, my husband Mark and I, made the decision to move back into the property,

We instructed our local McCartneys office in Knighton to sell our Cottage in Kinsley Road and after a few months we made number 7 our home - moving everything ‘up the hill’ along with our two dogs. I guess it was this that made me passionate to open  ‘Walkmill Antiques’ again, and on the 23rd August 2018 we reinvented it as Walkmill Antiques and Emporium, this time with a mixture of old and new. 

We found the original sign in our cellar, and also the doorbell that announces a customer through the door with its old fashioned jingle. There are some things that just shouldn’t be changed.

So all in all McCartneys have been with us throughout our journey and we hope it leads us to many more successful years as an independent business in Knighton.”

We wish Walkmill many more happy years trading in Knighton.

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