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Published May 17th 2012
Sandra Berridge set up the Village Gallery more than 16 years ago. At the time it did what it said on the tin and was run as a gallery to feature works of art. Sandra's background is in art, but she has had to change the shop's stock over the years to reflect her loyal customer base. The Village bit is still true as the Gallery is located at the top of the High Street in Pinner Village. Sandra has tried to investigate the history of the shop, but it appears to have got lost in the mists of time, although evidence would support a property that is over 400 years old and dates back to 1580.
Outside the Village Gallery
I've been a customer for many years as the shop sells such a diverse range of products. I'm able to source presents for others, spoil myself with little pieces of costume jewellery and other accessories, or locate interesting bits and pieces for my home. People still seem surprised when I tell them that my kitchen clock came from Pinner, and not from France.
Gifts Inside the Village Gallery
As already mentioned you can buy jewellery for yourself as well as cufflinks for him. There are also scarves, bags, home and garden accessories, candle holders and candles. If you leave the back of the shop and go out into the courtyard (Sandra believes this was once used for stabling the horses) you have two choices. You can either pop into the candle and card shop that really comes into its own towards Christmas time.
The Candle Shop
Crossing the courtyard you can browse items for your garden, including candle and nightlight holders. If you continue to the left you will find yourself in the pretty garden where customers can be served tea or coffee during the summer months. Unfortunately when I was there the other day it was raining again so that wasn't possible.
The Tea Area in the Garden
The Village Gallery is close to Pinner station and can be reached by bus numbers 183, H11, H12 and H13.