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March 5, 2013 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Richard

Anyone in the Ribble Valley with a Victorian balloon backed dining chair in need of attention will find Trade Secrets (BBC) an invaluable resource. The show features classic moments from sister series Flog It! with the experts sharing their inside knowledge about collecting and caring for antiques.

The show also allows presenter Paul Martin to revisit some of the grand locations featured in Flog It! and they don’t get much grander than Temple Newsam in Leeds, which he last visited in 2011, and which was chosen to fit in with the episode’s theme of antique condition and Restoration.

One of the oldest and most impressive great estates in England, the three storey Tudor-Jacobean mansion boasts over 100 rooms and more than 20,000 antiques. The house stands on the site of a much older building, which was once occupied by the Knights Templar. Famously the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, the estate was sold to Leeds County Council in 1922, at which time most of the antiques and treasures were sold off. Despite covenants being put in place, the magnificent interiors were also ripped out in the 1940s.

Today, the rooms of Temple Newsam have been restored to their former glory thanks to an ongoing restoration project that started in the 1980s. Many of the original antiques and artworks have also been returned, including a massive 18th century antique cabinet in five sections.

Many items of furniture are more ordinary; one antique desk looks very similar to the Victorian oak pedestal desks seen in Lancashire antique dealers.

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