Our Story

The concept of Long Toms stemmed from a combination of our personal passion for reclamation, the old and the original, and a love of gardens and gardening.

We have both always collected old, beautiful and quirky things, and most of these are of natural or antique origin. This gradually became more than a hobby as we realised the level of interest others held in these one-off pieces.

We both have full-time careers, as well as running Long Toms – Richard is a horticultural producer, director and cameraman for television, and Melanie is a middle manager in an independent school. We live in a 180-year old renovated cottage in the Potteries with our beautiful baby daughter Maia Violet and our two cats Indie and Scrumpy, and love animals, gardening, the outdoors, and travel.

Many thanks for your interest in and support for Long Toms and we hope we can be of service to you.