G Oakes & Son

Tables and chairs turned this way and that, chests of drawers, bureaus, bookcases and blanket boxes. Display cases filled with every conceivable design of door knob or drawer handle. Candlesticks and paintings, exotica from far away countries, masks and figurines, tiles and trinkets and yet more boxes just asking for a good rummage through. You may move chairs, not stacked in an orderly fashion like in Church halls, but topsy-turvy balanced precariously, one on another. It is then perhaps you glance at the wall and behind yet more furniture you see what appears to be a mural on the wall. It depicts the battle of Trafalgar: with tall ships and billowing sails, cannon fire and milk like sea-spray.