Peter Crichton


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Peter Crichton

The Clockhouse

6 Northgate Avenue

Bury St Edmunds


IP32 6BB


Tel: 01284 701304

Fax: 01284 701165

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Peter Crichton - The Clockhouse - 6 Northgate Avenue - Bury St. Edmunds - Suffolk - IP32 6BB

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A large crowd of buyers attended one of the largest sales of this type Peter Crichton has yet conducted when 650 lots came under the hammer at an auction where there were almost 300 registered bidders with interest from far and wide in this unique collection of farming bygones and rural memorabilia which had been put together by the late John Blackmore and his family since the 1950’s.


Bidding interest was helped by the sale being VAT exempt and having no “Buyer’s Premium” which Peter does not charge.


Prices were well ahead of expectations in every category and of particular note was the very firm demand for mopeds, many of which are now obsolete and a number were in poor condition requiring significant renovation before they could be considered as road worthy again.


Early farm machinery with equipment also took the eye of local buyers and well as local museums and virtually every lot sold.


The auction itself was very much a family effort which involved a great deal of hard work by Les and Joan and their helpers in getting everything ready for sale.  Selling at the auction was handled by Peter Crichton and his two sons Eddie and Shaun.


Special thanks to Caroline for booking for three auctioneers without a break for 5½ hours as well as handling all the sale admin.  Well done and thank you.


Interesting prices included a 1983 John Deere 2140 2-wheel drive Tractor which realised £4,600 and a 1949 DB Cropmaster Tractor met plenty of interest and was knocked down at £3,300.  A 1951 Daimler DB18 ex wedding car was sold for £1,850 and the same price was paid for a 1959 Austin Cambridge.


A fascinating collection of mopeds and motor cycles met interest from throughout the country with the star of the show being a 1922 Levis which was 96 years old and required some further restoration but was basically complete and reasonably sound, which met competition over the telephone and from buyers at the sale, selling to £2,350.


Most of the mopeds required significant restoration but despite this, prices were keen from start to finish with a 1955 Victoria selling at £250, a mobylette at £220, a BSA Dandy made £320, a Motobecane changed hands at £400 and two Rudge cycle masters each made £220.


A whole host of bygones, early farming implements and other collectable memorabilia sold to strong prices throughout, with a wooden propeller (possibly from an airship?) selling at £200, an early cheese press at £200, a straw and hay press £100, a selection of butter churns saw a top price of £75 paid, a large Union Jack realised £150 and a John Deere 1980’s tractor banner £160.


Early sewing machines sold to £200, a leather sewing machine made £95.  An electric wood lathe realised £150 and an interesting collection of cast iron name plates saw £200 paid for a Blackstone, a selection of name plates on display boards made £170 with others selling at £150 to £230, a single E H Roberts name plate £140, and a railway sign £190.  


Displays of early small farm tools all mounted on display boards realised up to £200 per set, a Colman’s enamel sign fetched £170 and a Mobil sign £290. Other enamel signs included an Atkins version at £100 and a Simplex made a remarkable £200.


Early horse drawn agricultural implements also proved easy to sell with an anti balance plough selling at £270, an E & H Roberts plough at £290, an Innis horse wheel with shaft £440, a Woods gearbox £310, a Maynard steam powered chaff cutter £200, stationary engines sold to £120, a Wade drag saw £1,300, Steam living van £500, a Bamford hay press £1,000, and a WWI single horse water carrier £700.


Included lots by permission saw a Ford 4000 Select-o-speed tractor realise £1,500, a 1963 Fordson Super Major Tractor £1,700 and a Track Marshall 55 crawler £800.


Peter would like to thank buyers, sellers and his small hard working team for all their support during another busy auction season and hopes to see you all next year and beyond.










Peter Crichton reports an excellent turn out of buyers at his first major pig equipment sale of 2019 with bidders from the South West, East Anglia, the Midlands and the North.  As a result every single one of the 700 lots on offer were sold.


With over 700 lots to sell Peter was ably assisted by Mike Carter from Lutterworth who wielded his gavel with skill and also kept the buyers amused from start to finish, assisted by Caroline who booked for both auctioneers without a break having also prepared the sale catalogue and lotted up the whole sale!


Sundry items included a selection of bird scarers which sold for up to £100, AI cool box £110, transition feeder £110, 2 spare Rotafeeder control boxes £200, mains fencing energisers £250, a large quantity of metal electric fencing stakes met plenty of enquiry with lots of 100 stakes selling for up to £140, most sold in groups of 150 stakes which realised between £130 and £110 and wooden fox fence stakes sold for between £110 and £120 per bundle.


A useful selection of galvanised hurdles mainly sold in groups of 5 fetched between £230 and £180 per lot.  Galvanised hay racks sold to £42 each, galvanised drinking troughs to £38 each, ad lib sow hoppers to £32, a Challow AI service roundhouse to include the internal galvanised gates sold for £880, other dismantled roundhouses realised between £330 and £270.  A large selection of 8ft wallow troughs met plenty of enquiry with those in average condition selling for between £45 to £50 for the 70 on offer, with more recently made galvanised examples selling for between £70 and £105 each with an excellent selection of over 100 in the sale.


Farrowing hut fenders were generally showing their age and priced accordingly with over 220 to choose from with lots of 10 mainly selling between £50 and £65 per group.


Over 100 half round uninsulated galvanised H&H farrowing arcs readily sold and prices were mainly between £148 and £85 according to condition with an overall average of £112 each.  A Booth weaner kennel with 5 hurdles and hoppers in near new condition sold at an exceptional £2,350 but the majority of the Harvey large jumbo dry sow arcs in the sale were anywhere from £50 downwards reflecting their generally poor condition with repairs required.


A useful selection of outdoor pig and arable equipment met some high prices with loader buckets to £400, hay turners between £150 and £130, a topper realised £450, flat rolls to £400, Simba 3m flat line discs £860, a hydraulic road sweeping brush £480, a 1,300 gallon Abbey slurry tanker £2,400, a 4,500 litre water bowser £850, a 24ft tandem axle straw trailer £1,300, a weaner trailer £280, and Rotafeeders included a 4 tonne model selling at £4,000 and an exceptional £7,700 was paid for an Armstrong & Holmes 20ft hydralift trailer. A Leyland 270 tractor in need of significant restoration sold locally at £890, a Kirncroft 15-18t glass fibre bin sold to an East Anglian buyer at £1,650, 9t Collinson bulk bin £2,200 and an EB 4t bulk bin £420.


Currently Peter has no further outdoor pig equipment sales booked for later on in the year and if prices continue to move up following the ASF epidemic in China and Asia, it is unlikely there will be many pig producers heading for the exit door for the time being.


The next auction of outdoor equipment takes place at Warren Farm Wetherden and is the 8th annual collective sale of farm machinery with entries closing at the end of the month.


And finally, one kind act to close the sale was the discovery of a family of coal tits nesting in one of the trailers in the auction going “cheep” which the buyer was quite happy to leave in situ without disturbing them until they have fledged in a few days’ time!

Coal Tit