About us

Our helpful staff are always more than happy to answer any enquiries, either in person in the office, by telephone or alternatively via this contact form.

Diving into Hallmark's history

From the humble beginnings of Ridgeway Antiques grew Ridgeway Fairs which held it's first event at the Leigh Community Centre way back in 1988, closely followed by Chalkwell Auctions which gave Trevor an in-road into each part of the market.

To begin with Hallmark Fairs were the arch rivals but then along came other new organisers who were more aggressive and predatory showing the organsiers of Ridgeway and Hallmark that they were better as allies than enemies. On the retirement of the Bakers in the mid 90's the two firms were merged and with Hallmark being the longest established it was sensible to retain that name.

Thus began an expansion of the circuit with lots of new venues, some successful and some not, but always something new to keep the market interested and interesting.

  

Around this time Trevor also started to operate Antiques Trails, first to European cities such as Paris, Bruges and Amsterdam but then striking out further than other Trails organisers by taking

groups to China, Vietnam, Peru, Russia, Estonia, Mongolia and Tibet. Other firms then tried to copy the formula but without success. Two of the Paris Trails were accompanied by TV cameras for Meridian TV and the BBC. There have now been over 40 diverse trails and Trevor is privileged to be one of the very few foreigners allowed to guide groups in China and Tibet without a local guide.

Although the European Trails have diminished in recent years due to the ease of independent travel many people still ask about future plans so "watch this space" and you should find a new trip planned for 2013.

Team

Trevor Cornforth

Director

Tel: 01702613260

E-mail: info@hallmarkfairs.com

Claire Couldridge

Office Manager

Boris Cornforth

Marketing Manager

David Sharp

Logistics Co-ordinator

Lina Lloyd

Cashier 

Sam

Meet & Greet

E-mail: dog&basket@hallmarkfairs.com

Address:

 

HALLMARK FAIRS


Tel:  +44(0)1702 613260

E-mail: info@hallmarkfairs.com

Opening times

Mon-Fri:  10am to 5pm

Sat:         10am to 3pm

News

NEW 2018

HALLMARK FAIRS & CHALKWELL AUCTIONS PLANNER

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING

NOW FROM CALENDAR 2018 PAGE

NEXT FAIR AT

  The Mill Arts & Events Centre

On SUNDAY 7th January 2018

9:30 until 16:00

 

The Mill Arts & Events Centre

Bellingham Lane

Rayleigh

Essex

SS6 7ED

See more at....

Chalkwell Auctions

www.chalkwellauctions.co.uk

 

2 Baron Court

Chandlers Way

Southend on Sea

SS2 5SE

+44(0)1702 613260

 

VALUATION SERVICE

Bring along ceramics, bronzes, postcards, pictures, militaria, early coins and bank notes from China, Burma, Thailand, Tibet, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Persia etc for evaluation and possible entry into next available sale

Pop along between 10am and 5pm

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