J Collins and Son
Jonathan Biggs is the fourth generation in the trade and specialises in treen and wooden bygones (over 400 items in stock), with the occasional piece of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century oak, country and formal furniture. Jonathan took over the furniture side of the business from his parents, John and Pamela, in January 2005. His great grandfather had a shop in Harrow, in 1912, however it was his grandfather who established the business in Bideford in 1953 located in the High Street till December 2004. In September 2008 the new gallery of fine furniture was opened in Charles Avenue, Bideford, which has ample parking outside and is open from 9-30 am till 5-00 pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed lunchtime 1-00 pm to 2-00 pm).
Jonathan joined the family business after leaving school and spent two years in the workshop familiarising himself with the restoration of furniture and has spent much of the years since in the business. Since taking over the furniture side he has become a member of BADA (The British Antique Dealers' Association), is a member of LAPADA (The Association of Art and Antique Dealers).