ABOUT WYKE HOUSE
Wyke House Ltd. was established in 2021 by Simon and Emma, as a picture gallery, antiques shop and purveyor of beautiful things for the home, based in the historic building, Wyke House.
Through this website, Wyke House's treasures can reach a much wider audience, who want to select carefully chosen items for their homes, or simply browse for inspiration.
Inspired by a love of architecture, history and antiques which began in childhood, and following over 25 years working in museums and art collections as a curator and then museum director, Simon's adds a collector's knowledge to Wyke House. His fascination for paintings, ceramics and glass in particular, which epitomise English style over the past four centuries, brings together a selection of well-chosen, mostly British antiques and homeware to the store.
Emma's eye for colour, design and graphic style helps bring objects together that form stylish groupings and quirky juxtapositions. Emma prefers the elegant and understated, and her ability to edit, taking joy from classic forms, helps balance Simon's tendency for a maximalist approach! Together we hope you find our collection has something which meets your home tastes too. We love to hear about how our customers use the items from Wyke House in their homes, so do find us on social media and share images of items you purchase for your homes.
Situated in the market town of Dursley, between Bristol and Gloucester on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, Wyke House is a traditional stone and brick building adjacent to the churchyard of St James-the-Great and a stone's throw from the town's early-18th century market hall. Its traditional shop front was added at the end of the 19th century and for many years of the 20th century was occupied by W.J. Stower, 'the noted house for Grocery and Provisions' supplying, among many other things 'Teas of the Finest Growth, Specially Blended to suit the Dursley Waters'!
Simon and Emma discovered the building somewhat neglected, having not been open as a shop for around 20 years, but they could see through the peeling paint and layers of dust, the beauty of the original structure and building materials. In 2020, they embarked on the long process of restoring it to some of its former glory, with Simon doing most of the work himself. They have uncovered details in the shopfront woodwork that had been obscured by many layers of paint and internal features that add to the building's fascinating story. They plan to continue to renovate and restore the building as time and funds allow, to once again become an asset to Dursley and honour its history as part of the town's centre.
Our customers come from all over, so whether we meet you in person or chat via our website or social media, we enjoy sharing that interest in art, antiques and quirky objects that tell us about how life has been lived and enjoyed over the years, and we look forward to meeting you in person when you visit the Cotswolds and West Country.