Kerridges was a furniture and antique store based in Hailsham, trading throughout the twentieth century until 1961.

Highly regarded across the South of England, in 1935, Kerridges was visited by Queen Mary (Mary of Teck – Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother), who purchased antiques for Buckingham Palace.

Her visits were commemorated with an iron ship attached onto an oak beam, still visible above the site today.

Now charity Furniture Now is reopening the store next month:

“It has been a great experience to restore the listed building to its former glory and, on 14th March, we shall be honouring its roots by launching our new Furniture Now! store from this very site.

“It is rare for any organisation to have the privilege to acquire a property with a historical association to royalty.”