We have a new shelf! Topsy built it (of course).
It appeared that the evil* estate agent just wanted to nail the old shelf back up. So Tops has built our own free standing replacement which we can take away with us when we go.
And with the help of generous friends jetisonning excess stuff for a variety of reasons, the shelf is just about full already. (That's not all of the stuff in the picture)
The carnage of the old
And the new
* redundant adjective - all estate agents are evil.