Tools & Trades History Society

Notes on Tools

RN03 List of Old Tool dealers etc

A list of UK sources of old tools for sale.

NOTE that TATHS does not in any way recommend or guarantee these businesses. They are simply listed for readers to decide for themselves whether they wish to use them.

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Auction houses

David Stanley Auctions of Antiques, Tools & Scientific Instruments Auctions are held at The Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver St, Whitwick, Leicestershire LE67 5EU “General” auctions cover user-grade and better tools, mostly for woodworking. “International” auctions cover more costly and collectable items. All lots are available for viewing and bidding in person and online. On viewing and selling days the auction venue also has a number of tabletop old tool dealers.
H J Pugh, Ledbury Auctions of timber and old tools at least once a year. Newmarket House, Market Street, Ledbury, HR8 2AQ Tel 01531 63112
Ebay Online auction site. Tools are listed in several places but those most likely to be of interest to TATHS members are generally in Collectables>Tools and Hardware>Tools.

Old tool dealers

Ann Riley Ann Riley, Unit 13, Harrogate Antiques Centre, Leeds Road, Pannal Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1EW‎, tel 01423 872463
Banks and Son Ltd J.B.Banks and Son Ltd, 13-14 Market Place, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9NH Tel 01900 822281
A very traditional ironmonger and hardware shop in Cumbria, established 180 years. Wide range of goods includes a selection of secondhand items.
Bill Carter Handmade Planemaker. Also buys and sells old woodworking tools. 0116-2762513
Bob’s Tool Box Shop at Liskeard Cattle Market, Cornwall, PL14 4YY Tel 0777 3001878. Collectable and antique woodworking tools.
Brian Jackson Collector of old tools. Regular table at David Stanley and other woodworking events.01780 751 768; 07885 134 456.
Bristol Design Long established retail shop at 14 Perry Rd, Bristol BS1 5BG. Tel: 0117 929 1740 Collectable and antique woodworking tools. Tools for green woodwork. Own ranges of infill planes, chisels and carving tools. Wide range of new old stock plane irons.
G and M Tools Also have a shop at Ashington, W Sussex RH20 3BX. Machine tools and a large selection of old woodworking hand tools.
Garden&Wood Site selling garden and woodland tools

Hackney Tools Online tool dealer selling old woodworking tools.
Heidi Schimmel

Buys and sells at Unit 13, Harrogate Antiques Centre, Leeds Road, Pannal Harrogate HG3 1EW. tel: 07906 547016 or 01423 561341; and Unit 111, H S Tools, 27 West Park, Harrogate HG1 1BJ
Inchmartine Tool Bazaar Website sales. Also shop in Rait Antique Centre, between Perth and Dundee.
Leeside Tool Shop Shop at Burndell Road, Yapton, Nr. Arundel, West Sussex , BN18 0HP. Sell new tools and machinery but also a range of second hand tools and machinery for wood and metalwork, gardening and other trades.
Old English Tools Based in an antiques centre at Monks Granary, Standard Quay, Faversham
Kent ME13 7BS  Tel 07796 343722. Open 7 days a week.
Old Hand Tools Robert Leach, Grantham, Lincolnshire, tel: 07786 913826 Offering a selection of antique, vintage, collectable and user quality old hand tools.
Old School tools Large selection of regularly changing woodworking tools.
Old Tool Mart Robert McPhail, The Coach House, Manor Stables Craft Centre, Fulbeck, Near Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 3JN Tel 0758 68 30 148
Shop open Wednesday through to Sunday, 10.00 till 16.30. Large stock of user and collectable hand tools. Also website sales.
Old Large selection of old/ usable/collectable tools, mostly woodworking.
Penny Farthing Tools They no longer have a shop in Salisbury but their warehouse near Newbury can be visited by arrangement. Tel 01235 763987. Mostly machine tools, lathes and horologist’s tools.
Peter Hanman Tools Shop at The Market, Heathfield, E Sussex, TN21 8RA. Tel 01435 860760 Woodworking and rural craft tools.
Powergrip Ltd Small range of used woodwork tools.
Quill Antiques General antique dealer at Westfield Farm, Foulsham, Norfolk, NR20 5RH with a special interest in old farm tools.
Second hand 22 Marlpit Lane, Seaton, Devon EX12 2HH. Tel 01297 23826 or Mobile No 07971521744. Also shop in Lyme Regis Antique Centre. Woodwork, metalwork, garden, crafts, books.
The Old Tool Store

Whitehaven Farm, Boston Road, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 6HU Run by Ray Iles. Sells new traditional woodworking tools (which are listed online) and also old tools (which are not).
The Superior Works Patrick Leach’s website. Large USA dealer, included here because he visits UK regularly and can bring tools over for inspection/UK postage. Issues massive selling list each month to those registered with him, with entertaining?? descriptions. Website includes comprehensive reference listing of Stanley plane types.
Timeless Tools Online sales of woodland and gardening tools especially billhooks.
Tools ’n’ Things Present at Stanley and Murland sales, and at Caygill antique fairs in NE England. Large stock of user tools, and some rarities.
Tools for Self Reliance Cymru Sell a small range of old tools online to raise funds for their charitable work supplying tools to Tanzania.
Tooltique Online shop established 1977. Tel 01603 444103


Although their main purpose is to collect used tools for donation to deserving users overseas, it makes sense to list these charities here.

Tools for Self Reliance Collect tools and sewing machines to support projects in Africa.
Tools with a Mission Collect tools, sewing machines, computers and bikes to support projects in Africa.
Workaid Collect tools, sewing machines, to support projects in Africa and UK.