Around 35 years ago Sue and Steve Timms set up S & S Timms Antiques in a small shop on Dunstable Street, Ampthill. Antiques had always been in the blood for Steve, growing up with both his Grandfather and Father in the trade. (The latter actually had a shop on Sydney Street in London during the early part of the 20th Century and was a founder member of the BADA) When Steve met Sue it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the business, and together they set up shop. For many years they dealt almost exclusively with the trade, but gradually they began to also deal with the public.
Naturally the business continued to evolve and in 1998 a major change occurred, when Sue & Steve’s Son Robbie left school and joined the family business as an apprentice, becoming the fourth generation of his family in a row to be involved in the antiques trade.

In May 2007 Sue, Steve and Robbie made, what at the time, felt like a difficult decision to close down their retail showrooms, thus hopefully allowing them all more time to concentrate on dealing from fairs, antique centres and their new extensive website.

Tragically in early 2009, the heartbeat of the business, Sue lost her long and courageous battle with cancer and passed away peacefully. It was shortly after this time that Robbie, alongside his father and wife Julie, (who had joined in 2008) resolved to continue the good work and make sure S&S Timms remained a business that Sue would always be proud of for many years to come.