The testimonials below are examples of the sort of feedback we’ve got from our customers over the years…
This first testimonial was given to us by one of Bridale’s long-standing customers, Mrs. Luned Corser, who very kindly went to the effort of providing this testimonial for us:
“I have known Brian Smith for many years. He is a most engaging person for whom his work is his life and the achievement of the highest possible standard is his main ambition. Brian is a true Black Country Craftsman inheriting the rare ability of this part of the country where engineering and craftsmanship go hand-in-hand. He has the originality to combine his craft skills with an artistic eye producing excellent results in the many and varied jobs which he does with a real enthusiasm.
He always says, in his modest and unassuming manner, that the greatest reward for his work is to receive the appreciation of his many customers.”
Mrs. Luned Corser
“Absolutely superb… the best bar none! I cannot recommend Brian
and Ken’s workmanship highly enough. We have had 6 fireplaces from
them along with many other items and every time the product has
been of the highest standard and the service and fitting has been
wonderful. Our kids now call them ‘Uncle’ (we are not related and
did not know them before asking them to quote on the fireplaces),
that is how friendly they are!
It is always a worry to have new people doing work for you so I
hope that these few words will put the minds of new customers at
When you use Bridale Architectural Antiques you will definitely not
Mr. Justin Neill of Norton, West Midlands.
” I first met Brian Smith when he lovingly restored an old fireplace in my Victorian terraced property.
He is not only a fantastically skilled master-craftsman in the traditional sense but has a wonderful ability in being able to share his vast knowledge and experience of interior decor and what will work sympathetically to enhance the whole project.
He prepares the working area meticulously to ensure one’s property and possessions are cherished whilst he works. Needless to say he is entirely trustworthy and, in every way, an honourable man – not
a trait one can apply to many in his trade nowadays.
More recently he has worked for me in a 1930’s property in another area. Again, his attention to detail and his desire to achieve excellence in designing and hand-building a more open staircase was fantastic. It has completely transformed the main hallway.
I would recommend Brian to anyone. For those who require master-craftsmanship in high value restoration work, he is essential.”
“I’ve known Brian Smith for about 14 years now, both as a customer and as a supplier (I used to be a glass painter). I’ve bought a number of items from him over the years …accordians, butter-makers, antique bone china etc. – I don’t think I’ve ever visited his shop without coming away with some wonderful ‘must-have’ item! 🙂
Working with Brian has always been a benefit and a great pleasure.”
Miranda van Halen