Les Oakes & Sons was started in 1965 by its founder Les Oakes. Les had learned the ways of ‘wheeling and dealing’ from travelling to sales and auctions with his grandfather from the time he was a child and this knowledge coupled with a natural ability and fascination for the world of architectural reclamation meant that when he built his farm at Hales View, Cheadle it was only natural for him to supplement his income by buying and selling from the farm.
Les’s skills at auction coupled with his eye for the unusual and the interesting soon made Les Oakes’s famous as the place to go for anything from a door to a lintel and a lock to a stone trough. But a visit to Les Oakes was a lot more than simply ‘shopping’. He built amazing fantasy buildings with little regard for planning control in which he stored not only his reclaimed architectural finds but also his collection of 750 horse drawn vehicles and other antiques and objects from bygone eras.
"A Fools Paradise"
‘If you can’t find it at Les’s – you won’t find it anywhere…
There’s nowhere else like Les Oakes & Sons - from the moment you first catch sight of the amazing and unique architecture of Les’s buildings in the beautiful countryside outside Cheadle in Staffordshire you are entering a wonderland where you can spend hours just wandering around the maze of buildings, letting your eyes catch whatever they fancy or seeing that elusive ‘whatever’ that you never thought you’d ever find. And the wonder is that if you ask for anything, as likely as not someone will tell you exactly where it might be!
So if you’re looking for something in particular or you just want a great place to have a look around why not search our website, contact us with your enquiry or better still, call in and see us – but bring a flask and some sandwiches because you won’t want to leave.