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

Tel:  01284 701304 / Fax: 01284 701165








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 a large crowd of buyers from throughout the region attended a retirement auction held on behalf of Trevor and Janet Sore on a beautiful spring day.


Although much of the machinery was for specialised asparagus, root and vegetable growing and was showing its age, there was a firm demand from start to finish with virtually every lot sold including a selection of additional lots sold on behalf of neighbouring farmers.


The auction included six tractors which sold at £2,650 for an International 684 (1978 model) and a 1974 International 574 tractor selling at £1,780.  A 1974 John Deere 2130 tractor sold at £2,000, a 1968 DB990 tractor for £1,200 and an elderly 1973 DB tractor in need of restoration fetched £620.


Vehicles included a 2000 Toyota pick-up which fetched £1,700 and a 2003 Chrysler Voyager automatic sold for £750.  


Over 250 lots of horticultural, farm and workshop spares and sundries met plenty of interest with shelves and racking selling at up to £270 per set, trolley jacks to £120, gale breaker screens £180, a useful selection of workshop tools and equipment sold readily.  Plastic plant holders found new homes at up to £170 per batch with most between £30 and £80.


Farm machinery included a subsoiler/mole plough £250, a Row crop rotovator £900, a series of elderly AMAC root lifters requiring attention sold for between £130-£200, a Tandem axle straw trailer £1,100, a Rovatti irrigation pump £320, a Perrot Minimatic reel irrigator £520, sets of tractor wheels and tyres sold for up to £600 per pair and many other useful items changed hands at premium prices.


A useful selection of included lots saw 4 Victorian cast iron bollards selling for £220, a Barrus quad bike £270, an Agri-Five topper £310, a Major topper £520 and a 2-wheel tipping trailer £500.


An interesting range of stationary engines, woodworking machinery and other associated items including farm machinery consigned by a neighbouring farmer sold well with a Record spindle moulder selling at £250, an SIP heavy duty morticer £140, a Aveling diesel road roller £370, a twin cylinder marine engine £170, a rare and collectable National single cylinder petrol/paraffin generator on wheels made a remarkable £600 and a 4-stroke go kart £170.


Other included lots saw a MF728 seed drill selling at £180, an old Tumbril needing TLC £180, a grain bucket £230, Fison elevator £250, pallet tines £240, a twin wheeled 1,000 gallon diesel bowser £780, a Richard Western 6t dump trailer £1,100, Murray ride on mower £310, a 4t metal trailer £180, and a single leg Branson subsoiler £300.


A good start to the auction season!


Peter’s next sale of outdoor pig equipment is on 18th May at Hungerford, Berkshire followed by his annual collective auction on 22nd June, for which entries are now being invited.