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Museum of Victoriana up for sale

Victorian pub at Shambles museum
About 5,000 lots are to go under the hammer in May

A museum of Victorian life, complete with cobbled streets, shops and cottages, is to be sold at auction.

The Shambles museum in Newent, Gloucestershire, closed last October after the owners decided to pursue other projects.

About 5,000 lots made up of facades, fixtures and fittings will go under the hammer in May.

Auctioneer Simon Chorley said it was one of the largest collections of everyday Victoriana in the UK.

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