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Our Story

We’ve blown the cobwebs off of selling decorative antiques

Every decorative antique, big or small, has its own story to tell. Hide it in a dusty shop, shut it away in the dark, clutter it or smother it and you lose an opportunity to appreciate its individuality and hear its unique story.

A unique story worth uncovering

Every decorative antique, big or small, has its own story to tell. Hide it in a dusty shop, shut it away in the dark, clutter it or smother it and you lose an opportunity to appreciate its individuality and hear its unique story.

At least, that’s what we believe at Lorfords. Which is why our approach to connecting you to the most interesting antiques in the world is different.

A shopping experience unlike any other

First, our antiques collections are curated to exhilarate and inspire you – to bring true beauty into your world. Next, our antiques are given the space and light they deserve in our main Tetbury Showroom and two Antiques Hangars. We place them amongst carefully planned interior sets to show you how you can integrate them seamlessly – and beautifully – into your home.

Five-star service every step of the way

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we match the beauty of each and every piece with a concierge-inspired service. If you want us to bring pieces to your home, to get a sense of how they’ll look, consider it done. If you want us to suggest styling options with you, we will. If you want us to walk you through the provenance of a piece, we’ll tell its story with delight.

So, from the moment you browse our collections, to the final moment you have the piece in your home, you can be sure of one thing: you’ll only ever be left with the antiques you truly love.

Lorfords

2003

Lorfords starts trading

With his sights set on creating a new breed of antiques shop and modernising the way antiques are sold, Toby Lorford starts his first antiques shop in Tetbury.

Grand Designs

2005

Move into Lorfords' Tetbury HQ

The Lorfords’ experience captures the hearts and heads of buyers and sellers. As the demand grows, Lesley and Toby decide it’s time to expand into new premises!

From Buses To Planes

2013

First Antiques Hangar opens

Toby’s desire to inspire buyers and give sellers a unique way to showcase their treasures is launched: Lorfords’ first-ever large-scale showroom opens inside a Gloucestershire aircraft hanger.

Lorfords Created is born

2015

Lorfords Created born

Long-standing customer, Marco Pierre White, approaches Lorfords for help furnishing a historic renovation of a hotel in Singapore. Marco’s passion for the classically upholstered furniture of Howard and Sons inspires Toby and Lesley to create their own bespoke copies. This new Lorfords collection, Lorfords Created, launches.

  • Warehouse
  • Warehouse
  • Show room
  • Show room
Lorfords hangar

2015

Second Antiques Hangar opens

More space is needed as the Lorfords’ experience charms the market and demand grows. Toby and Lesley make the decision to launch their second antiques’ showroom next door to their first, just outside Tetbury.

Boot

2019

New website

The beauty of the Lorfords’ antiques experience deserves a website to match, so a new digital home for our products is created and launched.

Lorfords Team