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Vauxhall vintage gets into gear

London area just south of the Thames attracts new fair from organiser of Bath market
An event at The Workshop venue – the former London Fire Brigade HQ on Albert Embankment.
Naomi Knight, organiser of the BathVA Markets, is launching the new Vintage Vauxhall at The Workshop this March.

FOLLOWING hot on the heels of Damien Hirst, a group of vintage dealers are moving into a south London enclave on the up. To Vauxhall, to be precise, where Hirst has opened a gallery and restaurant, which gives you a clue to some of the cultural leanings in the area.

Now, Naomi Knight, organiser since 2011 of the twice-monthly buzzy BathVA Vintage & Antiques Markets held in the city’s Victorian former Green Park railway station, is on the way.

Sunday, March 12, will see the first of Knight’s monthly markets under the banner Vintage Vauxhall to be held in The Workshop* on Albert Embankment, the former fire engine workshops of the London Fire Brigade.

The hipster community with its vintage emporia and gourmet burgers was recently memorably described last year as “the canaries in the coal mine of gentrification”.

Graphic designer Knight takes up the story: “I have been looking to expand the market and am always on the lookout for interesting venues. The Workshop is perfect. It’s under cover, with parking and south Londoners are crying out for a good new market south of the river. Plus the building isn’t too dissimilar in terms of its grandeur to Green Park station here in Bath.”

Knight has already signed up 15 stallholders from the Bath event for the 70-standholder space and is greatly encouraged by the feedback from traders, including those from London and Brighton who have stood at Bath and are keen to stand at Vintage Vauxhall.

She will run the market with BathVA Markets manager John Hugo.

Knight says: “I love market day. I take great pleasure in seeing the day come together after weeks of planning, seeing the effort traders put in to making their stalls look fantastic with incredible stock. Plus it’s very important for me to be there on market day to talk to the traders, take photos, make sure everyone is happy.”

Pending a new dedicated website, Knight can be contacted for more information on Vintage Vauxhall via the BathVA Markets site below or on 07723 611249.

I love market day – I take great pleasure in seeing the day come together after weeks of planning

* The redevelopment for Lambeth council by the U + I Group of the old London Fire Brigade HQ building on the Albert Embankment, including a new London Fire Brigade Museum, was announced in March 2016. Work is expected to start in around two years, the brigade said in December.

The Workshop website states that this is a temporary community and events space at the building, which also houses a pop-up brigade museum for now.

Former Tesco man has lots in store

Karl Rutterford in Ralph & Co, the vintage and decorative showroom he opened in September, which has been such a success he is taking on more staff.

TEN months after launching his online vintage and decorative website, Ralph & Co, named after his baby son, Karl Rutterford opened his first physical store in the Cambridgeshire village of Burwell, and he updates ATG that business is booming.

Fairground art collector Rutterford, who started work at Tesco in Ely aged 16, leaving the firm 22 years later as head of partner communications, said just before Christmas: “The new showroom has been a game changer, so we are now recruiting for two colleagues to join my team in January 2017.

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