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A Nation of Shopkeepers, celebrating Britain’s Buildings

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 It’s that time of the year again to present our collection of Limited Paintings for Christmas.
This year we have created three Limited Paintings on a ‘Golden ages of Christmas’ theme.
There will be just 30 of each painting, plus the chance to buy the set of three at a discounted price.
Read on down for details of each piece.

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‘Twelfth Night’ or ‘what you will’ was written by William Shakespeare in 1601/2 as an entertainment for the close of the Christmas Festivities.

Here we present a performance of the play on our Corner Bank building which has been transformed into a pub! The group of travelling players, headed by the Lord of Misrule are busy preparing for the performance.

Lords of Misrule are an old custom, where a peasant was elected to rule over the Christmas celebrations!  Lords of Misrule were banned by Henry VIII, restored by Queen Mary and banned again by Elizabeth I.

The tradition continued in many places despite the ban!
Twelfth Night is priced at £94.95 and available to buy now! just click below.

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Imagine the beginning of the 19th Century…Christmas was hardly celebrated at all, and many businesses did not close.  One hundred years later Christmas was the most widely celebrated annual holiday, and the traditions that we have today had begun!

The first Christmas card was commisioned in 1843.

In 1848 Tom Smith produced the first Christmas crackers, and Christmas Trees became popular after a picture of Victoria and Albert with a decorated Christmas Tree appeared in 1848.

Turkey started to become the Christmas dinner of choice, by 1900 it was eaten on Christmas day by all sectors of society.

Here we show these Victorian Traditions on our Floris building, which is available to buy now at £110.95 to order click below.

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In 2016 we said a sad farewell to a much loved Great British shop after 88 years of trading.
Once a staple of every British High Street, and well known for their lavish Christmas displays, British Home Stores – fondly known as BHS – closed for the last time in August 2016.

Here we see the store in it’s 1950s heyday, with the windows filled with a singing snowman and piles of toys ready to delight!

And who can remember saving for Christmas by paying each week into a Christmas Saving Club?
Painted on our Nutshell building, British Home Stores is priced at £89.95
To order yours, just click below.

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Can’t choose which ceramic to add to your collection?
If you would like to order all three of our Christmas Limited Paintings for  2016, you can order the complete set for just £ 265.00
To order the complete Christmas Collection
All prices exclude carriage/insurane which will be added at the checkout.
There will be 30 of each ceramic, numbered and with its own certificate.
Whether you are ordering one piece or all three, if there is a particular number you would like, please email and let us know.
Numbers will be reservedon a strictly first come, first served basis.