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Peter Crichton

The Clockhouse

6 Northgate Avenue

Bury St Edmunds


IP32 6BB


Tel: 01284 701304


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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 an exceptionally successful sale at Warren Farm by kind permission of R & P Baker when over 600 lots from more than 60 local vendors came under the hammer on a beautiful summer’s day.


With 228 registered buyers’ from a wide area including abroad, prices remained firm from start to finish despite 6 ½ hours of continuous selling by Peter, his sons Edward and Shaun and with Peter’s grandson Oscar running the sales slips, there were three generations of Crichton’s all involved plus invaluable help from Gerald Seeley busy on his telehandler setting out the lots and loading them afterwards and Caroline dealing with all the admin and acting as the auctioneer’s clerk for such a large auction.


A selection of 20 vehicles and loaders saw a ready demand for all ages with a top price of £7,000 paid for a 1984 International 885 XL Tractor with Bomford loader, a 1988 MF50D Tractor realised £5,600 closely followed by £5,500 paid for a 1984 Ford 6610 Tractor.


Two JCB 3CX Diggers, both 1981, sold for £3,600 and £1,950 and a 1985 MF 250 Tractor fetched £3,000.  A Ford 4600 Tractor realised £2,700 and an MF 135 £2,300.


A Fordson Power Major Tractor was knocked down at £1,900 and a Fordson Super Major (1978) made £1,600.  A DB 990 Tractor found a new home at £1,420, a Grey Ferguson Tractor made £1,150 and an MH Pony Tractor £875.


Vehicles included a 2005 Isuzu Rodeo Denver Pickup at £1,800, two Isuzu Troopers needing attention made £270 and £280 and a 2007 Mercedes Sprinter Van requiring a new engine made £1,250.


A useful range of farm machinery saw virtually every lot sold with a locally made 8 tonne Grain Trailer selling at £4,000, two Miles Mole Ploughs made £2,000 and £1,800, an MF Pickup Bailer made £1,950, a Bomford B48 Hedge Cutter £1,500, a Twin Axle Bulk Trailer realised the same price and a Tri Axle Trailer with Container, £1,220.


A large number of reinforced concrete sections sold for up to £1,120 for 4 panels, an A&H Hydralift Pig Trailer £1,100, a set of Pallet Forks £1,000, a Parmiter Post Knocker £980, a Tandem Axle Straw Trailer £900, Ifor Williams Livestock Trailer £850, a set of Bamlet Folding Rolls £820, a 45ft Curtain Sided Trailer £800 and a selection of John Harvey 1 tonne Ad Lib Sow Hoppers sold for up to £760 each.


Many other useful items changed hands and as entries for next year’s sale will be treated on a “first come first served basis” sellers with items for the June 2020 auction are advised to get their entries in as early as possible to avoid being on the tail end of the sale.


Photographs taken on the day are also on Peter’s website and provide an interesting record of the sale and some of the good, bad and ugly characters in attendance!

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