Architectural Salvage Yards

Les Oakes Yard

Certain architectural salvage yards can be like one giant wunderkammer. The best collection i have seen was at the late Les Oakes near Cheadle. During his years of operating a salvage yard Les also built up a monumental collection of items covering everything from cars to cups, usually something that was just a little bit different. He would hold open days to raise money for charity where you were allowed to look around all the barns he had built where he stored all his collection. On those days the place was packed with people. My father was a regular visitor and if he asked we would be shown some of the rooms full of his collection.



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