Catherine met Robin Eden in London and they married there in 1946 (pictured). Robin was a trained cabinet maker and had worked for Peter Jones as a furniture designer. They both had a ‘very good eye’ and this led them to opening their first antique shop in Bradford-on-Avon. With their growing family, in 1952 they bought Pickwick End from the Matthews family – the only other interested party was a demolition expert who was running a practised eye over the lead roof! Their new shop selling Antigues and Garden Furniture was then run from the barn at Pickwick End. They had six children, Matthew, Thomas, Rose, Anna, Felicity and Alice.
During the halcyon days of the 50s and 60s, Catherine dedicated herself to her 6 children planting vegetables, her unique herbaceous border and helping Robin. Son Matthew joined the business in the early 1980s. They kept sheep, shared a Jersey cow with a neighbour and made beer from their homegrown hops!
In 1991, Matthew and wife Miranda moved to Pickwick End from Chippenham and took over the business. Robin and Catherine built themselves the Garden House overlooking the walled garden.