Ye olde curiosity shoppe

Church House Antiques: 42 Church Street, Weybridge

As one of the oldest shops in Weybridge, this store has witnessed much change. There is first mention of curios being sold at this site in the late 1660s, during the reign of King Charles II. Nearly 200 years later, Thomas Cooper opened the first grocery in Weybridge here in 1856. His wife and daughters were milliners, and sold their hats from a smaller shop adjoining the main building. In 1886, the Gem brothers took over the building, turning it into an antiques store. They stayed here until the 1950s.

In 1965, Leslie Richardson and his family took over the site. The shop became 'Church House Antiques', to much popular local press coverage. Since opening, the family business has seen remarkable highs. Many famous clients have visited, including members of the Beatles and prominent celebrities. It has also withstood shocking challenges: in April 1985, the shop's proprietor Wallace Foster was shot three times by armed robbers. The incident was very widely reported and was shown on Crimewatch.

Miraculously, Wallace recovered, but died in January 1989. His wife Mary has continued to run the shop, having now been here for over fifty years.

Visit Church House Antiques to see the heritage trail panel.

Elmbridge High Streets Heritage Trail
  1. Woolworths: 27b High Street, Weybridge
  2. The Post Office: 42 High Street, Weybridge
  3. Frisby's Shoe Shop: 8 Baker Street, Weybridge
  4. A. Ruffle's Shoe Shop: 41 Baker Street, Weybridge
  5. Bannister's Drapers Shop: 4 - 6 Waterloo Terrace, Baker Street, Weybridge
  6. Weybridge Museum: Library Building, Church Street, Weybridge
  7. Church House Antiques: 42 Church Street, Weybridge
  8. Portmore House: 54 Church Street, Weybridge
  9. Hasletts Drapers: 60a Church Street, Weybridge
  10. The Duke's Head: Hepworth Way Crossroads, Walton
  11. Annett's China Shop: Hepworth Way Crossroads, Walton
  12. Henry Ireton's House: 47 High Street, Walton
  13. Rogers & Sons: 51 High Street, Walton
  14. The Regal Cinema: 2 The Heart, New Zealand Avenue, Walton
  15. The Old Library: 72 High Street, Walton