A NUMBER of Carmarthenshire locations – including Ammanford and the Towy Valley - featured on BBC One’s Antiques Road Trip earlier this week.

The show – presented by Tim Wonnacott – saw experts Mark Hill and Izzie Balmer start their five-day road trip in Cardigan in a 1987 Lotus Escat, where they then visited Newcastle Emlyn, Newport, Narberth and Saundersfoot before making their way into Carmarthenshire for the second episode of the show.

South Wales Guardian: Izzie at the Apothecary Hall in the National Botanic Gardens of WalesIzzie at the Apothecary Hall in the National Botanic Gardens of Wales (Image: BBC)

The pair start with £1,500 each to spend on items across various locations on their trip to be auctioned off and see who can gain the most money (or lose the least amount of money). As they begin the second episode of the week – which aired on Tuesday, November 21 – they both have less than that after the previous day’s auction results.

First off, they visit Carmarthen at the Old Curiosity Antique Centre, where Izzie picks up a 19th century pitch pine pigeonhole that was used on the railways, which even had some of the station names still attached. She also spent £5 on a pair of Christian Dior earrings and £15 on a ‘negligee’ necklace.

South Wales Guardian: Izzie picking wildflowers in MyddfaiIzzie picking wildflowers in Myddfai (Image: BBC)

Mark’s first finds were a mid-19th century hip flask for £35 and Murano glass lady for £15.

The next stop for Izzie was to visit Myddfai and pick some wildflowers where she learnt about the Physicians of Myddfai from Huw of St Michael’s Church, where she also learnt about how scientists are currently looking into daffodils and their chemical that is being tested as an aid for Alzheimer’s.

After this, she visited the apothecary hall in the National Botanic Gardens of Wales to learn about remedies uncovered by the physicians and their connection to medicine today.

Mark heads to Rhydowen where he bought an arts and crafts lamp and woven silk cloth for £80 whilst Izzie went to Langland Antiques in the Mumbles, where she bought a mini art deco mirror and 1920s art deco necklace for £250.

South Wales Guardian: Izzie in Ammanford AntiquesIzzie in Ammanford Antiques (Image: BBC)

Mark took time out from shopping to visit St David’s Church in Carmarthen and have a go at rock climbing at the centre that moved into the church before going to the Gower Reclamation Yard and picking up a dispensing parchment for £100.

Izzy made a stop at Pantyffynnon swing bridge before heading to Ammanford Antiques where she bought a Victorian Etruscan-style brooch for £20.

In total, Mark spent £230 on his items, but made a loss of £85.65 whilst Izzie spent £430 on her five items and made a loss of £144.64 after their items were auctioned off at Gildings in Market Harborough.

The episode (series 27, episode 7) can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.