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Stamford Antiques Trails


The Stamford antiques trails are designed to incorporate antiques and collectables shopping with reference to historic buildings, landmarks, and places of refreshment along the way. Adapt your walk to cycling or taking the car a bit nearer to the starting point. Click on the underlined links for more information.

We suggest using GPS or a map as a companion to your trail but all of the basic information is right here. 

PLEASE ENSURE THAT ESTABLISHMENTS ARE OPEN BEFORE YOUR VISIT BY CHECKING THEIR INDIVIDUAL WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION.


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Looking down Ironmonger Street to St. Michael's Church

Trail 1


 Taking in: Hoptroff & Lee, St. Mary's Bookshop,

St. Martin's Antiques Centre.


Things to see: Town Hall, town bridge, St. Martin's Church, St. Mary's church, The George Hotel, Stamford Meadows, The Castle, Daniel Lambert blue plaque


Full Length: Long at approx. 45 minutes 


Extra time for: browsing, refreshments and shopping, and alternative routes where applicable


Disabled access: see below


Nearest car park: North street or Wharf Road


Toilets: St. Martin's Antiques Centre

Trail 1 starts in High street and the nearest car park to this is in North Street. If you are parked in the Cattle Market Car Park you are half way to the St. Martin's Antiques Centre so take a 10 minute walk past The George Hotel, turn right into St. Martin's, and the Antiques Centre is just past the church. Return to town using the route described below. For Wharf Road Car Park see the variation below. 

From North Street, follow shoppers down 

Nags Head Passage into Broad Street, down Ironmonger Street straight ahead and into High Street. Ironmonger street is a good place to stop for refreshment before your walk. 


Trail 1 continued

In High Street, straight ahead of you is St. Michael's Church. To the right of the church a few hundred yards is a narrow passage which winds down between the shops directly opposite "Seasalt". This is Cheyne Lane and the home of 

Hoptroff & Lee Antiques in the Alley. Drop in here for a warm welcome and some unusual and traditional items at great prices.

You will find other independent businesses in the lane including Lambert's Kitchen Deli for fine refreshments, and Amore Italian Restaurant.

During the summer months we have a little outdoor display too, and when full covid restrictions lift you will be able to sit outside for a chat!

The old lamp in Cheyne Lane

Cheyne Lane

     See our shop website 

      for a short history of                           Cheyne Lane!


    www.hoptroffandlee.co.uk

Looking Down St. Mary's Hill

Looking Down St. Mary's Hill

View of The Meadows from the Town Bridge

Trail 1 continued 

At the lower end of Cheyne Lane you will be greeted close up by St. Mary's church ahead of you and the old imposing Stamford Hotel immediately to your right. The splendour of these buildings can be better  appreciated by viewing them from St. Mary's Hill where you are now going to walk.

On St. Mary's hill you will find 

St. Mary's Bookshop so pop in here for a look at their cards, prints, taxidermy  and antique books. Opposite this shop is the 

Town Hall.

Walking further down St. Mary's Hill you will come to the town bridge with wonderful views over the meadows where it is worth pausing for the view!

Trail 1 continued.

Pass the famous George Hotel with unusual gallows that span the road. You are now in 

St. Martins taking its name from the church on the opposite side of the road. 

Cross over here, being aware of the traffic, and 

St. Martin's Antiques is a little further up beyond the church. 


RETURN

Head back down St. Martin's to The George Hotel turning left into Station road, which runs alongside the hotel, and then right at the Cattle Market car park at the end, and walk back into town across the green and leafy meadows you saw earlier from the town bridge. There is a tarmac path that leads straight over the meadow into Castle Dyke, so no muddy shoes! There are seats for you to sit and watch the world go by and eat sandwiches....and plenty of ducks who will help you! Walk past the castle remains, up Castle Dyke and into Sheepmarket. To your right is St Mary's Street again with a wide choice of eateries. Or take a little detour to the left of The Golden Fleece into Mallory Lane to see the montage of olde Stamforde history!

Alternatively you can return from St. Martin's by walking back the way you came, over the town bridge, St. Mary's hill and the opposite end of St. Mary's street.

Stamford History in Mallory Lane

St. Martin's with the church

The George Hotel in St.Martin's

Looking up Castle Dyke towards the Sheepmarket

River Welland from the Town Bridge

The Albert Bridge

A walk along the river in Water Street to St. Martin's

Stamford Cheese and Wine Cellar at the lower end of Cheyne Lane

Lower End of Cheyne Lane

Trail 1 continued

Disabled Access and Variations:

There are the usual kerbs, inclines etc and St. Martin's is a hill but no steps or difficult areas on this walk to and from the main High Street. However, attention should be paid to the volume and speed of traffic in 

St. Martins, please be careful whether on foot or in the car.

NEARER CAR PARKING:

St Martins antiques has a small car park at the rear of the centre accessed by turning left immediately after the antiques centre into Barnack Road. The Cattle Market car park is on Station Road. Turn right into Station Road at the traffic lights just before 

The George Hotel gallows if you are coming from town.

VARIATION IN TRAIL TO ST. MARTIN'S FROM WHARF ROAD CAR PARK

If you have parked your car in 

Wharf Road you can take a 10 minute picturesque walk along the river in Water Street to the Antiques Centre by leaving the car park at the lower end and crossing the Albert Bridge. Turn right and walk along Water Street by the river until you reach the traffic lights with The George Hotel in sight on the opposite side of the road. Turn left up the hill, past St. Martin's Church and the Antiques Centre is a little further up on the same side of the road. Return to town by walking straight down over the main town bridge, up St. Mary's Hill past St. Mary's Passage with Norman arch, past St. Mary's bookshop

Behind the church at the top of the hill you will find Cheyne Lane (next to Stamford Cheese and Wine) 

where you may wish to visit 

Hoptroff & Lee Antiques in the Alley.

Full disabled access including the Albert Bridge 

which has ramps


Trail 2


Taking in: Hoptroff & Lee, St. Paul's Bookshop


Things to see: Library, Stamford Endowed School, 

20 High Street, Tourist Information, Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford Theatre, St. George's church, Stamford's Oldest House


Length: Short approx. 15-20 minutes


Extra time for: browsing and shopping


Disabled access: see below


Nearest car park: North Street or Wharf Road


Toilets: Stamford Arts Centre

Trail 2 begins in High Street. If you are parking in 

Wharf Road or Cattle Market car parks please refer to your street map for the route to High Street and 

St. Michael's church opposite "Superdrug". 

From North Street car park follow shoppers down 

Nags Head Passage into Broad Street, and down Ironmonger street ahead of you. 

St. Michael's Church in High Street

Hoptroff & Lee in Cheyne Lane

St. Mary's Street at the lower end of Cheyne Lane

Stamford Arts Centre

Trail 2 continued

Once at St. Michael's church, locate the narrow passageway a few yards along to the right of the church. This is Cheyne Lane and the home of Hoptroff & Lee Antiques in the Alley

at No. 4. 

Drop in here for a warm welcome and some unusual and traditional items at great prices.

You will find independent businesses in the lane including Lambert's Kitchen Deli for refreshments.

At the end of Cheyne Lane turn left into the Eastern end of St Mary's Street and pass the 

Stamford Arts Centre on your right. This centre houses the Tourist Information Centre and part of the building is the old and famous Stamford Theatre, now a cinema and stage. The small square ahead of you is St. George's Square with St. George's church at its centre. The square is a former film set for BBC productions' "Middlemarch" and "Pride and Prejudice". 

Trail 2 continued

Walk past the church bearing left, along St. George's street and past the oldest house in Stamford, recognised by its tall round chimney pot.

Once in High street at the top, turn right into St. Paul's Street, this is a pretty and much-photographed street continuous with High Street, passing Marks and Spencer and Age UK on your right as you walk along. St. Paul's Book Shop is on your left among the huddled cottages and shops. St. Paul's Street is particularly lovely in Spring with the daffodils in bloom in the grounds of the Stamford Endowed School a little further along past the shops. The school had many famous boys including Colin Dexter and 

Malcolm Sargent. In the grounds you can also see the remains of St. Paul's church which is where the street gets its name. 


Return to High Street for refreshment in the many coffee shops and eateries. See No. 20 High Street with its local terracotta facade, the Stamford Library and St. Michael's church. Look up to see the buildings that used to be public houses with wrought iron sign holders still in evidence.

DISABLED ACCESS: mostly flat, with the usual kerbs and some slight inclines

St. George's Square and Church

TRAIL 3


Taking in: The Corn Exchange Cafe and Shops, 

St. Martin's Antiques Centre, Hoptroff & Lee


Things to see: Browne's Hospital, Red Lion Square, 

St. John's Church, All Saint's Church, Mallory Lane montage, Castle remains, The George Hotel, St. Mary's Church, St. Martin's church, Stamford Hotel.


Length: Long. Approx. 45 minutes 


Extra time for: shopping, browsing, sightseeing


Nearest Car Park: North Street


Disabled access: see below


Toilets: Red Lion Square, St. Martin's Antique Centre


Trail 3 starts in Broad Street. The best parking for the start of this walk is in the North Street Car Park. Please consult your street map for alternative car parks and directions to Broad Street. From North Street, follow shoppers down Nags Head Passage into Broad Street. 

Looking along Broad Street

Retail Areas Corn Exchange Cafe and Shops

Browne's Hospital or Bede House

Red Lion Sq & St. John's church

Nearby Barn Hill & All Saint's

                                                TRAIL 3 CONTINUED

The Corn Exchange Cafe and Shops in Broad Street


You will see the Corn Exchange Cafe and shops diagonally to the right. Here you can spend some time browsing before turning left out of the Corn Exchange and bearing left to walk down Red Lion Street, passing Browne's Hospital on your right. You will now enter Red Lion Square at the lower end. Here you will see two magnificent churches: All Saints and St. John's which are often open to view. Public toilets are available in the Square in the old butter market. 

Trail 3 continued

From Red Lion Square walk past the Post Office, which is just around the bend to the right of the newsagents with the clock, taking a left into Mallory Lane. This is the site of a montage of historical images giving an insight into bygone Stamford. It is well worth a visit to this labour of love by Harrison & Dunn, a local hardware business in All Saint's street. At the bottom of Mallory lane, walk across the road to Castle Dyke and you will see the lush green meadows ahead. The castle remains are on your right. There is a regular ice cream van here for refreshments in the summer months! You will also delight to see the many ducks and swans (and pigeons and sometimes the local cat!) Walk over the centre of the meadow (tarmac path) and keep walking straight ahead over the bridge and up the hill ahead of you with the George Hotel car park on your left. Turn left into Church lane and out the other end to see St Martins church, with 

St. Martin's Antique Centre  being just a few yards up the hill from here.


RETURN

* You can return to town via the same route or you can walk straight back over the town bridge taking in the meadows from a different viewpoint! 

Pass St. Mary's Bookshop and enter Cheyne Lane which is behind St. Mary's Church and running up alongside the former Stamford Hotel. 

At No.4 Cheyne Lane receive a warm welcome at 

Hoptroff & Lee Antiques in the Alley.


TWO ALTERNATIVE ROUTES:

1). If you have parked in the Cattle Market 

car park you are very close to The George Hotel and you can walk either side of it to reach St. Martin's Antiques Centre just up the hill from the church of the same name. You can then return to town using the information in the paragraph above marked *


2). If you have parked your car in Wharf Road you can take a picturesque walk along the river in Water Street to the Antiques Centre by leaving the car park at the bottom end and crossing the Albert Bridge. Turn right and walk along by the river until you reach the traffic lights with The George Hotel in sight on the opposite side of the road. Turn left up the hill, past St. Martin's Church and the Antiques Centre is a little further up on the same side of the road. Return as above*.



Nearer Car Parks:  St. Martin's Antique Centre itself (Barnack Road, first turn after the centre if you are coming UP the hill from town).

Disabled Access: there are the usual kerbs and inclines

Looking down Castle Dyke towards The Meadows

Stamford Meadow Ducks!

The Albert Bridge

Willows along the Riverside Walk in Water Street

Trail 4​


Taking in: St. Pauls Bookshop, Hoptroff & Lee, St. Mary's Bookshop


Things to see: Stamford School, St. Paul's Church remains, St. Michael's Church, St. Mary's Church, Stamford Town Hall, Town Bridge and Meadows, Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford Theatre, 

St. George's Church


Length: medium approx. 30 minutes


Extra time for: browsing, shopping, sightseeing, alternative return route


Disabled access see below


Nearest car park: North Street

Cycle or walk


Toilets: at the opposite end of High street or at

The Arts Centre in St. Mary's Street

Trail 4 starts in Star Lane at the far end of Broad Street, the opposite end to trail 3. The nearest car park is North Street. Please consult your map if you are coming from any of the larger car parks, you will be looking for the Eastern end of High Street near Marks and Spencer. 

From the North street car park follow shoppers down 

Nags Head Passage into Broad Street. Turn left and follow the street along until it becomes Star Lane close to The Lord Burghley Inn on your left. Keep walking and turn left out of Star Lane at "Domino's pizza". You are now in St. Paul's Street and St. Paul's Bookshop is on your left. Take a walk a little further up 

St. Paul's Street to the Stamford Endowed School where you will see the remains of St. Paul's church in its grounds. Visit the Tobie Norris Inn on the way. Then head back past Age UK and Marks and Spencer into High Street. 

Trail 4 continued

Continue the trail by walking down Cheyne lane just past St. Michael's Church and directly opposite "Seasalt". Here you will find Hoptroff & Lee Antiques in the Alley. Then turning right at the end of Cheyne Lane, round the church and immediately left down 

St. Mary's Hill you will find St. Mary's Bookshop

The Town Hall is opposite and just a few yards down from St. Mary's Bookshop is the town bridge with views over the Meadows.

Return to Star Lane by retracing your steps or take a small detour: back at St. Mary's Church walk past the end of Cheyne Lane again and straight on to the Stamford Art's Centre and St. George's Square away from the shops. Bear left at 

St. George's Church into St. George's Street where you can see the town's oldest house, recognisable by its tall round chimney, straight up to the end of 

High Street, Marks & Spencer on your right, and 

Star Lane is just around the corner, bearing right.

Disabled access: the usual kerbs and inclines including St. Mary's Hill which is quite steep if you are pushing a wheelchair.

Looking Down Cheyne Lane

Medieval Almshouses at the Town Bridge

Stamford Cheese and Wine Cellar at the lower end of Cheyne Lane

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