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GTH is gearing up for largest machinery sale in the West Country

GTH is gearing up for largest machinery sale in the West Country

March 2017

The largest one day machinery sale in the South West takes place on Thursday, April, 6, 2017, where Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s team of experienced auctioneers will conduct the sale of an anticipated 3,000 plus lots of tractors, farm machinery, implements and effects. 

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Property and land snapped up at auction

Property and land snapped up at auction

March 2017

A packed Batch Country House at Lympsham was the scene for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s latest successful property and land auction.

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More funding available with the relaunch of Countryside Stewardship

More funding available with the relaunch of Countryside Stewardship

March 2017

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) has reopened for applications, offering capital grant funding and annual management payments to farmers and land managers. Natural England will make three types of CSS agreement available and deadlines are approaching for those interested in the higher tier.

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A word to the wise

A word to the wise

March 2017

Justin Lowe from Greenslade Taylor Hunt considers opposing forces that are affecting the property market this spring. 

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Your right to compensation

Your right to compensation

February 2017

Recently we have been hearing a lot about new schemes such as Hinkley C, HS2, Heathrow's 3rd runway and improvements to the A303 and A358; all of which are going to affect homes, land and businesses located around their sites. Meanwhile in the background the government has been making changes to the ways in which these and other less high profile schemes for housing and infrastructure will be dealt with by the acquiring authorities. "Their stated aims are to speed up the process of acquisition and compensation whilst making it fairer for those affected. However it will still be the objective of the acquiring authority to deliver the scheme at best value for money. It is after all, taxpayers' money that they are spending," notes Graeme Biffen MRICS FAAV, surveyor with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Susi Kennedy

Exciting new chapter at busy Wells office

February 2017

EXPERIENCED lettings professional Susi Kennedy has just been appointed to head up the Lettings Department at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s flourishing Wells office in the heart of the city.

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Chance to secure £5,000 grant funding

Chance to secure £5,000 grant funding

February 2017

The Hedgerow and Boundary Grant Scheme is a standalone capital grant which is available under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Applications are to be submitted by 28th April 2017 and works completed by 31st December 2018. 

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Magnificent seven vie for rare vase

Magnificent seven vie for rare vase

February 2017

An exceptionally fine silver and gilt cloisonné vase deservedly took top billing at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February antiques sale.

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Candi Taylor

New lettings manager announced

February 2017

Candi Taylor has an exciting year ahead both professionally and personally. She has just been appointed lettings manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s busy Honiton office and she will be marrying her fiance James Macmillan in October.

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Kirsty Short

Are you in a new NVZ?

February 2017

In 2016, DEFRA carried out a review of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) and the resulting new designations for 2017-2020 were published by the Environment Agency. 

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On-Line, Every Time

On-Line, Every Time

January 2017

Over the course of the last decade the traditionally old-fashioned antique business has been transformed by modern technology. Those salerooms that have embraced the latest developments can now connect sellers with clients around the world via web-sites that never close, making buying at auction easier than ever.

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Jeremy Bell

Greenslade Taylor Hunt saves tenant from eviction

January 2017

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has recently successfully acted for a tenant initially served with a Statutory Notice to do work of repair, maintenance or replacement on a tenanted dairy farm in Somerset let on a 1986 Act protected tenancy.

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Tom Mellor

BPS targets met

January 2017

On the 4th January 2017 the Rural Payments Agency released the extremely good news that 91% of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claimants had received their 2016 payments. Whilst this is a step in the right direction, the devil could well be in the detail. The sheer volume of problems encountered with the processing of 2015 claims was staggering, with a number of the issues ultimately rolling on in to 2016, causing a snowball effect writes Tom Mellor Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Charles Clark

New Chairman takes the helm at GTH

January 2017

Long standing property professional Charles Clark MRICS FAAV has been selected to head up Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Martyn Venner

New Partner announced at property firm

January 2017

Martyn Venner, residential manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Bridgwater office has just been appointed a Partner with the leading property firm.

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Stephen Gardner

Team effort rewarded at GTH

January 2017

Experienced estate agent Stephen Gardner has been recognised for his hard work by being appointed an Associate by leading property firm Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Andy Clements

2016 dairy round up

December 2016

There is no doubt that the past 12 months have been a very difficult time for the dairy industry with the milk price crashing from a great height during the latter half of 2015 writes Andy Clements, auctioneer and valuer with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who is based at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton.  The impact of this crash really started to take its toll on dairy farmers as the year 2016 commenced.  January brought with it some excellent sales to include the Hartlandview Herd from Andrew Lewis and the high yielding herd of PH Creed and Son which set the trade for the beginning of the year.

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4,000gns for ‘Red’ Cracker at Sedgemoor Auction Centre

4,000gns for ‘Red’ Cracker at Sedgemoor Auction Centre

December 2016

The annual Christmas Cracker definitely went out with a bang at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, Somerset, on Tuesday, December 13th. Terry Cox’s calved heifer ‘Normandy Lila Z Appleman Red’ - one of the only Red Lila Z’s in the country - sold for 4,000 guineas to West Park Farms of Dorset.

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Justin Lowe

Ask Hillary!

December 2016

Justin Lowe Partner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt looks at some fast changing attitudes in the property market.

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James Wotton

Reduce your slurry burden with 100% grant from Natural England

December 2016

The latest grant funding to be released from Natural England will offer a 100% grant for covering over circular slurry stores and lagoons. The Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant is aimed at dairy and beef farms with uncovered slurry stores and will fund either floating or self-supporting covers with no restriction on size.

With the application window opening in December and closing on the 31st January 2017, there is a very limited opportunity to submit a valid application. Applicants are advised to act quickly as funding will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Agricultural Surveyor James Wotton MRICS, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, comments ‘the Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant (FARG) has been launched very quietly but offers an excellent opportunity to beef and dairy farmers to cover their slurry stores at 100% of Natural England’s estimated standard cost.’

‘The FARG scheme forms part of Natural England’s recent drive for improving water quality on farms and by keeping slurry and rainwater apart, farmers will ultimately reduce their slurry burden.’

Applications will be assessed by Natural England’s farm advisors in March 2017, but works must complete before the payment deadline of July 2017.

If you are interested in applying for the FARG and would like more information and assistance, please contact a member of GTH’s Rural Professional Department on 01278 410250 (Somerset), 01884 243000 (Devon and Cornwall) or 01305 268785 (Dorset).

John Vinnicombe

Loyal Sedgemoor Supporter John Vinnicombe Stars in New PGI West Country Beef Film

November 2016

In January 2014 West Country Beef was awarded PGI status.  The PGI recognises the unique heritage West Country beef farmers have to enable them to produce beef from wonderful grass fields, due to the wet and mild climate, along with the amount of sunshine the region benefits from to encourage grass growth.

PGI stands for Protected Geographical Indicator and is a designation which recognises when a region produces food in a certain way using a unique process.

John Vinnicombe of Ottery St Mary, Devon stars in a newly produced film for the PGI.  It was funded by the NBA's South West Beef event and the film was recently premiered at this year's show.  John is a loyal supporter of Sedgemoor's prime cattle sales and is passionate about producing superb quality beef by grazing his cattle on the nutrient rich fields along the River Otter.  John regularly tops the market as he produces just what the market wants.

Rob Venner, Managing Partner of Sedgemoor Market and Chairman of Beef South West, said that "We wanted to do something really positive with the profits from 2015's Beef South West event.  When Meat South West, which obtained the PGI, thought of producing a promotional film, I knew immediately John would be an ideal subject.  I think John must be congratulated for the super job he has done in representing West Country Beef."

PGI Film
2015 SWWF Champion Daniel Cox with Little Ann

Sedgemoor South West Winter Fair promises to be the best yet

November 2016

This year's South West Winter Fair, to be held on Monday 5th December is shaping up to be one of the best yet.  Near record entries have been received on the Haltered Cattle section.  We have also received a record entry of 20 in the Baby Beef section, which is kindly being sponsored by Mrs Fran Evens for the second year running.  In the senior classes 55 prime stockers have been entered including the recent Champion and Reserve Champion from Beef South West.  So competition is going to be fierce.

New for 2016 is a class for haltered cattle being exhibited by pupils from Brymore School.  The school has been encouraging high quality stockmanship for several years and the creation of a class solely for Brymore pupils is another progression of those efforts and gives the boys a great opportunity to demonstrate the skills which they have learnt.

With 85 haltered and unhaltered show cattle on offer the show gives local butchers a tremendous opportunity to source prime beef ready for Christmas.

In addition to the cattle classes the show boasts an entry of 71 pens of lambs, 20 carcase lambs, 20 dressed poultry, 15 pens of pigs and last but by no means least the hotly contested South West Sausage Competition, which has 26 entries this year.  There will also be numerous trade stands ranging from livestock feed companies, tractor and machinery dealerships to accountants and tag manufacturers, to name but a few.

Judging commences at 9.30am for the haltered cattle, lambs and pigs.  Entry to the show continues to be free for the public.  With potential prize money of £1750 up for grabs for the Champion of the Haltered Cattle section, competition is bound to be keen and it is hoped many will come forward to support what promises to be a wonderful show.

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Latest GTH magazine in offices now

November 2016

THE new issue of West Country View is available from branch offices now.

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UPDATE ON RESIDENTIAL BARN CONVERSIONS

UPDATE ON RESIDENTIAL BARN CONVERSIONS

November 2016

It is now 2½ years since the Government introduced new Permitted Development rights allowing residential barn conversions under a simplified ‘Prior Approval’ application.  Various criteria must be satisfied before a building can qualify for the PD right, and a ‘Prior Approval’ application must be submitted to address highway and noise impacts, contamination and flooding risks, and the location, siting, and design of the building.

 

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Brexit Update & Environment Agency Waste Exemptions

Brexit Update & Environment Agency Waste Exemptions

November 2016

GTH surveyor Robert Stone looks at the next steps for Brexit. 

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25 years with GTH

25 years with GTH

September 2016

Congratulations to Burnham’s treasure – Marion Stewart, `our Maz` who is celebrating her 25-year milestone working at GTH’s Burnham office –here’s to the next 25 years Maz!

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Post Brexit

Post Brexit

August 2016

Richard Webber of Greenslade Taylor Hunt takes a look at the post-Brexit property market and offers some sound advice to those selling their homes over the summer months.

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Latest GTH magazine in offices now

Latest GTH magazine in offices now

May 2016

THE new issue of West Country View – the glossy, property magazine from Greenslade Taylor Hunt is available from branch offices now.

 

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The GTH Elite Eleven

The GTH Elite Eleven

April 2016

A team of eleven GTH staff think they have what it takes to join the elite…

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Rental Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Rental Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

March 2016

This week sees the first step in a long series of reforms - the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - aimed at improving stock in the private rental sector.

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Affordability Tests for Landlords

Affordability Tests for Landlords

March 2016

Amy Foster in our Sherborne office discusses the Bank of England's proposal that buy to let landlords should face new limits on the amount they can borrow.

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Fantastic Dorset Investment Opportunity

Fantastic Dorset Investment Opportunity

March 2016

Our Sherborne office have a very exciting opportunity with Charteroak, in Clifton Maybank near Bradford Abbas.

 

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Countryside Stewardship – Hedge & Boundary Capital Grants

Countryside Stewardship – Hedge & Boundary Capital Grants

February 2016

 Natural England have launched a new programme which allows certain Farmers/Landowners to apply for specialist grants.

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Graduate Programme Opportunities Available

Graduate Programme Opportunities Available

January 2016

Greenslade Taylor Hunt offers a wide range of Agricultural, Commercial and Residential Property Services, operating throughout the West Country.  Within our Professional Services department we offer a comprehensive range of property advice. The breadth of our expertise is shown by our heritage within the South West where our professionals are able to offer trusted bespoke advice to our clients and demonstrate that ‘Experience Counts’ with our firm’s roots established over 170 years ago.

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Graduate Programme Opportunities Available

Graduate Programme Opportunities Available

January 2016

Greenslade Taylor Hunt offers a wide range of Agricultural, Commercial and Residential Property Services, operating throughout the West Country.  Within our Professional Services department we offer a comprehensive range of property advice. The breadth of our expertise is shown by our heritage within the South West where our professionals are able to offer trusted bespoke advice to our clients and demonstrate that ‘Experience Counts’ with our firm’s roots established over 170 years ago.

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GTH Appoints first Marketing Manager

GTH Appoints first Marketing Manager

January 2016

We are excited to announce we have appointed our first marketing manager - Abby Carter BA (Hons), ACIM.

Farmer’s daughter Abby, who hails from Sherborne, is relishing her new role, which combines her interests and knowledge of agriculture with her professional background in marketing.

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Feast of furniture at July sale

Feast of furniture at July sale

June 2015

A COMPREHENSIVE selection of furniture to suit all tastes and pockets is offered at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, July 2.

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Diverse range of lots drew excellent prices

June 2015

A FABULOUSLY eclectic mix of collectables elicited great prices at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s second dedicated collectors’ sale of the year.

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A Flying June Trade at Sedgemoor

A Flying June Trade at Sedgemoor

June 2015

Wow - what a day was had at Sedgemoor on Saturday!  A sensational trade was experienced across the board in all cattle rings with records being smashed along the way.

The balloon has gone up in the store cattle ring!  Trade has jumped up in excess of £100 per head over the last three weeks, regaining lost ground to the high levels experienced after Christmas.  An excellent entry of 488 head when a tremendous 24m feeding Blue steer rang the bell at £1375 from Mr GW King of Meare.  Buyers have renewed belief and are chasing cattle.  The trade is hot - it is time to sell.

A massive entry of 242 suckler cattle met a flying trade for all on offer when an amazing 100% clearance across the board was experienced.  Top price was £2100 for a Pedigree Charolais cow and bull calf at foot from John Wylde.  With an entry of almost 30 bulls, a record for a monthly sale, a complete clearance exceeded all expectations to a top price of £3000 for a 22m Limousin bull from the Neale family.

The stirk ring was by no means outdone either when a packed ring of buyers produced another sensational trade.  Top price was £1000 for an 11m Charolais steer from Messrs EA & DA Ellis of Cornwall.

Last but by no means least was the calf ring.  A larger entry of 426 head met a very keen trade all day when all classes were keenly contested by an increased number of buyers from across the region.  Top of the day was £490 for Blues from Mr N George at 10-14 weeks.  An excellent show of calves which attracted 69 different buyers to Sedgemoor.

It seems that Sedgemoor is serving the South West well.  A big thank you to all vendors for your continued support.  We are pleased that you are all being well rewarded for your efforts.

Andrew Clements

Is milk price affecting the current dairy cow trade

June 2015

WITH the current imbalance in the world supply and demand for liquid milk and the resulting fall in farm gate prices it is surprising that we have not seen a large number of dairy dispersals in the South West this spring.

Dairy auctioneer Andrew Clements, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, believes there are at least two main reasons for this. The first being the determined motivation of UK dairy farmers - who have invested heavily in the industry and will do their utmost to batten down the hatches and make it through these turbulent times and the other increasingly significant factor being TB.

“Through our regular contact with dairy farmers at Sedgemoor we are increasingly hearing of more and more farms being under TB restriction,” says Andrew.

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Rare Medieval St George ring

Host of treasures unearthed at monthly sale

June 2015

A RARE Medieval ring, which had lain buried in a Somerset field for 600 years was certainly the standout lot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s June sale, fetching £7,000.

Introducing the lot auctioneer Derek Biss, one of four men wielding the gavel at the sale, said: “This is a rare opportunity and a rare ring. This is the chance to buy something a little bit special.”

The Medieval gold finger ring of St George, which dated back to the 15th/early 16th Century was discovered by a metal detectorist in a Somerset field.

The ring’s history was identified by Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s jewellery and silver specialist John Kelly and confirmed by experts at the British Museum.

Its unique appeal attracted a flurry of pre-sale commission bids, but on the day a phone bidder came out on top to claim this prized piece of Somerset history.

However there were plenty of other items which commanded attention and high prices at The Octagon Sale Rooms, East Reach, Taunton.

An amphora shaped stone urn on a circular spreading marble base saw phone bidders and internet interest tussle for dominance. Following spirited bidding the phone won out with a call of £5,000.

Not far behind was a pair of Chinese rectangular wall plaques decorated in Famille Verte enamels in hardwood frames along with a matching circular example. These sold for £4,500 demonstrating that demand for Oriental items remains undimmed.

A rather unprepossessing large slipware dish or loaf pan garnered an impressive £1,200 price tag in the auction.

A strong selection of watches saw a number of pleasing prices including £1,150 for a gentleman’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, while a Rolex Oysterdate Precision gent’s watch made £750 and a Rolex Oyster Precision gent’s stainless steel watch made £700. A lady’s nine carat Rolex Precision watch sold for £500 to a room bidder.

A mighty monumental hand carved Bath stone dragon sold for £1,200. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Elim Connect Centre charity in Wells.

Furniture offered some fantastic prices too. An impressive William IV rectangular mahogany extending dining table was snapped up for £900 by an internet bidder. A splendid 19th Century half tester bed sold for £400.

In the ceramic section Clarice Cliff continued to attract buyers. A pair of “Summerhouse” pattern beakers went for £550 to a phone bidder while a pair of Bizarre Ware “Arab Boy” figural candlesticks made the same price despite old signs of damage and repairs.

The sale certainly covered a vast scope of antiques and collectables’ and achieved a host of high prices.

If you are considering consigning items to a future sale please contact The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, telephone (01823) 332525.

Graeme Biffen

Basic Payment Scheme applications – act now!

June 2015

FARMERS and their agents are continuing to battle with the new Basic Payment Scheme application process, not helped by last minute rule amendments, missing forms, and often contradictory answers received from the Rural Payments Agency.
With the 15th June application deadline fast approaching, Greenslade Taylor Hunt set out a few points to watch out for:

  • If you have not registered with the online part of the system, register immediately.

If you have registered, but have not yet received your pre-populated BP5 application form by email or post, contact the RPA right away. They are now only able to send forms out by paper, and this can take up to 10 days.

  • All permanent ineligible features (PIFs) must be properly mapped using an RLE1 form.
  • It is now necessary to submit separate RLE1 forms for transferring land and entitlements.
  • The correct “non-agricultural land” codes must be used for any ineligible features. They are not all NA01.
  • All pre-populated forms must be checked carefully - just because they are pre-populated, does not mean they are correct.
  • Ensure you have a full set of your current digital maps, as this will make the application easier. If you have yet to receive them, then request that a copy is emailed.
  • Do not activate a greater area than the entitlements held.
  • Check your eligible area carefully, as this will determine any greening requirement.
  • Be aware of the exemptions from greening.

For expert advice or assistance in relation to the Basic Payment Scheme, please contact a member of GTH’s Rural Professional Department at your local office - www.gth.net

By Graeme Biffen MRICS FAAV, Associate, Rural Professional Department, Greenslade Taylor Hunt.
Graeme can be contacted on 01884 243000 or via email at graeme.biffen@gth.net

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D-Day memorabilia at collectors sale

June 2015

A UNIQUE piece of D-Day history will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s second specialist collectors’ sale of the year at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Saturday, June 6 – the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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A Strong Trade On A Par With Open Sales at the May TB Restricted Market

A Strong Trade On A Par With Open Sales at the May TB Restricted Market

May 2015

A ripping trade was experienced at our monthly sale of TB Restricted Cattle at Sedgemoor.  Prime Cattle topped at 212.5ppk with Prime Heifers averaging 200ppk.  A multitude of buyers around the ring ensured a very dear trade for Store Cattle, resulting in a top price of £1200, when many more cattle could have been sold to advantage. Please see the attached report for full details.

If you are currently under TB restriction and have Prime Cattle, Barren Cows or Store Cattle to sell please give Auctioneer Rob Venner a call on 07889 006503.

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Rare Medieval St George ring

Rare Medieval ring found in Somerset field set for auction

May 2015

Rare Medieval ring found in Somerset field

EVERY metal detectorist dreams of finding hidden treasure as they sweep their devices, trance like, across the land.

For one Somerset enthusiast the fantasy became an amazing reality when he unearthed a rare Medieval gold Saint George ring in a farmer’s field as rain lashed around him.

“I knew straight away it was an item of significance. It was a moment of complete excitement,” said gardener Paul Saxton, 56.

It was also a moment of potential danger as the heavens opened and a rainstorm raged – not the best combination as Paul wielded his metal detector.

“Old gold has a lustre to it. It comes out of the land as clean as it goes in,” said Paul, who has been metal detecting for around 16 years.

He is curious to know the history of the ring and how it came to be in the field. He thinks it may have been lost while its owner was out riding, but that’s just a theory.

It is also incredibly small – the face of the ring on which the saint is engraved is a mere 0.6 of a centimetre deep and 1.1cm wide. Could it have belonged to a noblewoman?

“I was the first person to handle it in hundreds of years,” added history enthusiast Paul who has logged the find with the Museum of Somerset.

Paul had visited the site of the discovery before but never turned up anything more interesting than some Roman coins and nothing of value.

He is thrilled with his find and is eagerly awaiting its auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton salerooms on Thursday, June 4.

The firm’s jewellery and silver expert, John Kelly, has dated the ring to the early 16th Century. He believes it is likely the ring belonged to a nobleman as gold at this time would have been in extremely short supply and the preserve of only the richest.

The ring has an elongated octagonal table engraved with an image of Saint George and the Dragon in shallow relief. George is wearing armour created by incised lines. The visor of his helmet is up and face exposed. Driving his spear into the mouth of the dragon, his classic pose. To his left hand is a small triangular shield engraved with the cross of Saint George. The dragon, on its back, with gaping jaws and a tail running up and framing part of the bezel.

The shank tapers in width from shoulders to the back, decorated with diagonal lines of pellets and inlaid with bands of flower heads on stems having several petals at the base interspersed with oval seeds or fruit. Adjacent to the bezel on these broad bands are recessed ray motifs with traces at two points of white enamel surviving. The inside of the shank is plain. Down one edge of each shoulder, a row of stamped pellets make the border. The hoop is slightly damaged and bent out of shape.

St George usurped St Edmund as Patron Saint of England in the early 15th Century. He also became the Patron Saint of the Order of the Garter - the most senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348.

The ring has a pre-sale guide of £3,000-£4,000. It will be on view on Saturday, May 30, from 9am-12.30pm, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, along with the rest of the auction lots.

The sale will also be on view on Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3, from 9am-5.30pm. The auction gets underway at 10am on Thursday, June 4.

For more information please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525 or email antiques.saleroom@gth.net

 

 

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Pedigree Incalf Heifers to 3100gns twice as Wales and South West try and compete for the best

May 2015

The top quality pedigree stock on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly dairy sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre generated keen bidding from the producers and breeders drawn from across the South of England and Wales. Commanding top price of 3100gns were two incalf heifers, being a Shottle from the “Caeremlyn” herd of Carmarthenshire and a red Destry whom was the very last offering from the “Marcroft” herd dispersal of Somerset.

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May Suckler Sale at Sedgemoor

Probably The Dearest Suckler Trade Ever Experienced At Sedgemoor

May 2015

Our May Suckler Sale at Sedgemoor saw a large entry of 222 achieve prices beyond belief!  Extensive National advertising brought dividends in the form of new purchasers from Lancashire and Wales.  Many potential purchasers went home without sourcing all of their requirements as a ring packed to the rafters with 300 people experienced probably the dearest trade ever. Top price was £1760 for British Blue cows and steer calves from Messrs PK & RJ Heard of Cheriton Fitzpaine.  £1230 was achieved for Charolais in-calf cows from Messrs ML & DJ Crabb and £1280 for a 5m in-calf Simmental heifer from Mr AJ Hart.  Bulling heifers topped at £1220 for Simmentals from Mr AJ Hart.  Stock bulls topped at £2450 for a Charolais from Mr J Wylde.

Congratulations and many thanks to all suckler vendors.

Suckler sales are held at Sedgemoor on the second Saturday of every month.  If you would like to enter stock please contact Jess Maynard at the Greenslade Taylor Hunt Market Office on 01278 410278 or email jess.maynard@gth.net

18 carat gold chain sold for £1,800

Quality jewellery draws in crowds

May 2015


PRE-SALE interest in a range of high calibre jewellery was confirmed with a busy saleroom at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, May 7.

Regular bidders were joined by a host of new faces at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, attracted by the extensive range of quality jewellery on offer.

The pace was set immediately with the first lot a Victorian micromosaic brooch fetching £420.

A phone bidder successfully clinched the top lot of the day – an 18-carat gold chain. This went for £1,800.

There was plenty to appeal and prices were buoyant across the jewellery section, with only a couple of pieces failing to find new homes.

Highlights were plentiful and included £950 for a three stone diamond ring, a pair of seven stone diamond cluster ear studs made £800 and a distinctive diamond and calibre ruby panel ring went for £750 to a book bid. An emerald and diamond 18 carat gold panel ring made £700.

Silver also enjoyed a substantial showing with classy lots achieving excellent prices. Plenty of pre-auction interest in a George II silver lidded tankard dated 1770 translated into a hefty hammer price of £1,200.

A novelty Victorian silver cream jug or sauce boat in the form of a duck proved a hit with sale goers and sold for £800, while a more conventional matched four piece silver tea service made £550.

The book section also featured one of the sale’s big hitters – a first edition of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, which went for £750.

The furniture section continued its usual strong showing. A matched set of 14 Victorian mahogany bar back dining chairs tied for top lot with a bid of £1,800.

An 18th Century eight day longcase clock made £550, while a Jaeger LeCoultre “Atmos” clock with good movement achieved £400.

A Victorian burr walnut veneered centre table went for £260 and a Pembroke mahogany drop leaf occasional table made £180.

Honorable mention should also go to a Sally Rutherford bronze of a galloping horse that made £400.

Showing the diversity of lots on offer a Japanese Second World War Shin-Gunto sword sold to an internet bidder for £380.

A dedicated 20th Century Design sale featured for the first time at the monthly auction. A selection of Verner Panton’s iconic ‘1970s “S” stacking chairs together sold for £475.

An Ercol light elm plank top dining table and six chairs sold for £380 in this section, while an Ercol light elm sideboard achieved £260.

The auctioneers will barely have time to pause for breath before preparations start for two sales in June – the regular monthly sale on Thursday, June 4, and the second of the specialist quarterly collectors sales which will take place on Saturday, June 6.

Entries are being accepted for both events. Please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525 for more details.

Rare Medieval St George ring

Rare Medieval ring found in Somerset field set for auction

May 2015

EVERY metal detectorist dreams of finding hidden treasure as they sweep their devices, trance like, across the land.

For one Somerset enthusiast the fantasy became an amazing reality when he unearthed a rare Medieval gold Saint George ring in a farmer’s field as rain lashed around him.

“I knew straight away it was an item of significance. It was a moment of complete excitement,” said gardener Paul Saxton, 56.

It was also a moment of potential danger as the heavens opened and a rainstorm raged – not the best combination as Paul wielded his metal detector.

“Old gold has a lustre to it. It comes out of the land as clean as it goes in,” said Paul, who has been metal detecting for around 16 years.

He is curious to know the history of the ring and how it came to be in the field. He thinks it may have been lost while its owner was out riding, but that’s just a theory.

It is also incredibly small – the face of the ring on which the saint is engraved is a mere 0.6 of a centimetre deep and 1.1cm wide. Could it have belonged to a noblewoman?

“I was the first person to handle it in hundreds of years,” added history enthusiast Paul who has logged the find with the Museum of Somerset.

Paul had visited the site of the discovery before but never turned up anything more interesting than some Roman coins and nothing of value.

He is thrilled with his find and is eagerly awaiting its auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton salerooms on Thursday, June 4.

The firm’s jewellery and silver expert, John Kelly, has dated the ring to the early 16th Century. He believes it is likely the ring belonged to a nobleman as gold at this time would have been in extremely short supply and the preserve of only the richest.

The ring has an elongated octagonal table engraved with an image of Saint George and the Dragon in shallow relief. George is wearing armour created by incised lines. The visor of his helmet is up and face exposed. Driving his spear into the mouth of the dragon, his classic pose. To his left hand is a small triangular shield engraved with the cross of Saint George. The dragon, on its back, with gaping jaws and a tail running up and framing part of the bezel.

The shank tapers in width from shoulders to the back, decorated with diagonal lines of pellets and inlaid with bands of flower heads on stems having several petals at the base interspersed with oval seeds or fruit. Adjacent to the bezel on these broad bands are recessed ray motifs with traces at two points of white enamel surviving. The inside of the shank is plain. Down one edge of each shoulder, a row of stamped pellets make the border. The hoop is slightly damaged and bent out of shape.

St George usurped St Edmund as Patron Saint of England in the early 15th Century. He also became the Patron Saint of the Order of the Garter - the most senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348.

The ring has a pre-sale guide of £3,000-£4,000. It will be on view on Saturday, May 30, from 9am-12.30pm, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, along with the rest of the auction lots.

The sale will also be on view on Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3, from 9am-5.30pm. The auction gets underway at 10am on Thursday, June 4.

For more information please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525 or email antiques.saleroom@gth.net

Simon Rayner

New specialist joins antiques team

May 2015

VALUER Simon Rayner is the latest addition to Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist antiques department based at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Simon has a wealth of experience in the antiques trade, built up over many years and is passionate about his subject.

He has a fine art degree from Southampton and his dissertation focused on Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, whose work is currently enjoying a revival in interest. Simon has a particular interest in Scandinavian design.

Simon’s entire working life has been devoted to antiques initially in Devon, then Salisbury, Wiltshire, followed by a spell at Dreweatts in Bristol. More recently he has been working in the West Midlands. He has also appeared on tv shows Bargain Hunt and Cash In The Attic.

His move to Greenslade Taylor Hunt has reunited him with former Dreawatts colleagues Peter Rixon and John Kelly.

Stuart Triggol, GTH saleroom manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Simon to the team.”

Simon relishes the variety that his role in a busy saleroom offers.

“I enjoy all aspects of the antiques business. I enjoy auctioneering – that’s great fun.

“Every day is different. You never know what’s coming in and what you are going to see. You get to see interesting things and meet nice people,” said Simon.

People, unfamiliar with the antiques business may be surprised to find that items they might not rate could have a value.

Furniture from the 20th Century is back in vogue and older examples are falling out of favour.

“Fashions and tastes in antiques change. It’s important to know that,” said Simon.

Currently anything Oriental is enjoying a buoyant time, but the market is unpredictable, said Simon.

The internet has also widened the reach for both buyers and vendors.

Originally from Cornwall Simon is delighted to be back in the Westcountry and is looking forward to finding a home for himself and partner, Gemma, and identical twins, Imogen and Madeleine.

Simon be contacted at the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Regular valuation sessions are held every Monday from 9am-1pm. There is no need to book, simply turn up. There is also plenty of free parking on site.

 

Poole Delphis pattern bowl

May sale heralds focus on 20th Century design

May 2015

THE quirky and the desirable take centre stage as auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt celebrate the delights of 20th Century design at their Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Today, Saturday,May 2, the auctioneers throw open their doors for viewing of the regular monthly sale and a specialist 20th Century design event.

Both sales will be on view that morning until 12.30pm and again on Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6, from 9am-5pm. The sales take place on Thursday, May 7.

There is plenty on offer at both events, but the 20th Century design sale features everything from the unusual – a De Havilland first class airline seat to an appealing range of affordable furniture and ceramics.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt valuer, Chris Marks, has a particular interest and knowledge of all aspects of the period, and he has put together the 20th Century design event which will follow the regular monthly sale on Thursday.

The De Havilland Comet reclining airline seat from the late 1950s/60s has been in storage for a number of years. It is guided at £100-£120.

A selection of chairs by the Danish designer Verner Panton for Herman Miller will feature in the sale. The iconic design comes in a range of primary colours, though black is considered the rarest option. The chairs are guided at between £100-£250 depending on rarity and condition.

A German desk lamp by Bauhaus designer Marianne Brandt for Korting and Mathieson is also featured among the 20th Century design items. Dating from the 1930s it was one of the first desk lamps produced.

A Philips standard globe from the late 1930s provides a snap shot in time. This piece of history features countries like Siam – modern Thailand and a range of African countries like Belgian Congo which are relics of a Colonial past. It has a guide price of £40-£60.

There is a good range of stylish ceramics including Midwinter by Jessie Tait and highly collectable Poole Pottery. Glassware is well represented with items of Scandinavian, British and Italian design.

Examples of the reliable furniture names of G Plan and Ercol are also included.

A selection of attractive prints including some from the late ‘70s/early ‘80s are also included. These cheery pictures feature beach huts and bicycles and would add a splash of colour to any home.

For more information please contact Chris Marks at the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Martyn Venner

Voting with their feet

May 2015

MARTYN Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt gauges the impact housing polices have had on public opinion in the lead up to the general election.

Four weeks before the 2015 general election voters had already made their thoughts known. Or at least those who had anything to do with buying property had. The political parties had been trying hard to woo the electorate with a plethora of housing-related inducements. But did they really mean anything to anyone?

The Conservatives promised huge numbers of new homes would be built and also dangled a right-to-buy opportunity for those with shared ownership arrangements through housing associations. Labour had been pinning their hopes on the popularity - with those who would never have to pay it - of a mansion tax. Also of rent control.

Had either party the right answer to excite the electorate? It seems not. In the heat of electioneering it appeared that the only thing which significantly made buyers more active during the campaign was sunshine. The minute the spring sun came out so did buyers. Almost immediately viewings were up, offers were up and sales were up. What did this mean? It seems that the weather was more influential on buyers than the political climate.

Successive governments haven’t exactly won people’s respect on housing. The coalition has had four housing ministers during its recent tenure, and, between 1997 and 2008 the previous Labour government elevated eight different ministers to the post. This is hardly good for long-term stability in the sector. So we have all come to learn that if we want something done about roofs over our heads we must do it for ourselves.

Simply put, the economy in general seems more immediately important to voters than housing in isolation – and with good reason. When the economy is up people feel better and can afford more things – like properties. If it’s down everyone hunkers down and goes nowhere: demand drops, values drop and new home building decreases which leads to a drop in land values – no matter what the housing policy at the time. Housing depends on the economy. The electorate understands that. It is people who create demand once the means to buy is in their favour and no right-to-buy or mansion tax policies will change that.

The past 50 years have not led us to believe that the next five will be any better for government housing policies – especially if the ministerial door remains revolving. So we are on our own. Perhaps the next government should just neatly put all these policies under another title - devolution.

For free advice when considering selling or for a free market appraisal please contact Martyn Venner or Ann Cragg on 01278 425555.

 

Land at North Petherton went for £220,000

Busy day for property at auction

May 2015

ONCE again the reliability of selling at auction and the opportunity to achieve prices well in excess of the guide proved a winning formula for property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The firm’s recent sale at The Castle Hotel, Taunton, attracted a good crowd of eager buyers with deep pockets.

Top lot was a parcel of land of around 3.81 acres at Stafflands Lane, North Petherton. This smashed its guide price of £80,000. The hammer finally came down at £220,000.

Would-be buyers were attracted by its excellent location and planning prospects. It is adjacent to residential developments on two sides.

Martyn Venner, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “The auction room was very busy. There was a lot of competition for the land lots.”

Another good seller was a parcel of pastureland at Chilton Trinity that also had excellent development potential.

Extending to around 5.83 acres the mainly level land had good road access and mains water. It had development and agricultural appeal. It sold for £155,000 from a pre-sale guide of £70,000.

A renovation project at Rodway, Cannington, found a buyer after the auction. This semi-detached property was in need of a complete overhaul, but had the potential to be transformed into a fabulous home with good-sized gardens. It sold for £150,000.


The firm’s next property auctions take place on Tuesday, May 5, at Mendip Spring Golf Club, Honeyhall Lane, Congresbury, Bristol. Others are scheduled for Friday, May 12, at Langport Arms Hotel, Langport, and Saturday, May 13 at The Shrubbery Hotel, Station Road, Ilminster. See the website www.gth.net for full details.

 

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Chance to drop in for free advice

April 2015

EXPERTS FROM Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be staging a free session for farmers and landowners regarding the Countryside Productivity Scheme at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Saturday, May 9.

The no obligation event will offer help and advice on the initiative, which is aimed at supporting improvements to on farm efficiency.

Grants are available for eligible expenditure from £2,500 to £35,000 plus. However the window for applications closes on June 30 so it is vital to act now.

The appointment free drop-in will run at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s offices at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, from 9am-12noon, on Saturday, May 9.

If you are unable to make the date or would like more information please contact Graeme Biffen on (01884) 243000 or Joanna Kingman on (01460) 238383.

 

Hardy's reel

Buyers reeled in at Spring Sporting Sale

April 2015

FANTASTIC prices were achieved at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s landmark Spring Westcountry Sporting Sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, Somerset.

Heading the list was a Hardy Bros “Perfect” 3.5 inch fishing reel which sold for £2,500 to a commission bid.

The sale drew an international following with bidders from India, the United States and Ireland attracted by the comprehensive selection of more than 700 lots on offer.

There was also a strong contingent of buyers from across the UK with representatives from Cheshire, Shropshire and Norfolk among the sale goers for this biannual event.

A very large entry of sporting and hunting prints, watercolours and oils tempted an appreciative following.

Prices of note included a £700 phone bid for an atmospheric black and white rendering of a deer park at dusk by Henry E.O. Murray-Dixon. A phone bid also clinched Colonel Mordaunt’s Cock Match at Lucknow by Richard Earlom (1743-1822). This sold for £650.

An appealing bronze group of three terriers on a log by well regarded sculptor Sally Rutherford sold for £600.

A good taxidermy section also proved popular. A majestic stag’s head went for £500 and an impressive pair of antlers made £220.

Another good price was achieved for a bespoke leather “coursing appointments” holder. This had belonged to Clarissa Dickson Wright, the cook of “Two Fat Ladies” television fame and a keen supporter of country pursuits. It sold for £300.

In the silver, jewellery, ceramics and decorative section a set of 12 Royal Copenhagen dinner plates painted with fish went for £420. Also in this section a large Eldridge Pope “Huntsman Ales” printed metal wall sign achieved £350. A copper hunting horn by Kohler & Son of London sold for £300.

Away from the countryside a 1929 Ashes winner’s souvenir gold charm in the form of a cricket ball went for a pleasing £600. This was originally presented to John Cornish White – known as Jack or Farmer. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1929. He captained England and Somerset.

The specialist sale is the first of two biannual Westcountry Sporting Sales held each year by the leading auctioneers. The autumn sale will take place on Friday, October 2.

If you have items to consign or would like more information on this premier event please contact saleroom manager Stuart Triggol on (01823) 332525.

Japanese four case inro

Tiny lot commands a mighty price

April 2015


A JAPANESE gold lacquered four case inro – a special container designed to carry anything small – proved a major attraction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s April sale on Thursday, April 9.

Thought to date from the Meiji period, decorated in relief with ivory, mother of pearl and red lacquer inlay it had attracted much pre-sale interest at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. A room bidder secured the lot with a bid of £1,300.

It was one of a number of pleasing prices achieved at the monthly sale, which also attracted many first time visitors to the saleroom.

A distinctive late 18th Century or early 19th Century mahogany cabinet maker’s timber specimen chest was one of the more unusual pieces that went under the hammer.

This singular sampler featured specimens dating back to 1770-80 and included “rattan mahogany” from the West Indies and “canoe wood” from Tahiti.

It attracted tremendous interest both prior to the sale and at the auction. A phone bid from Rome won the day with a call of £1,200.

The same sum was achieved for a Commonwealth period silver wine taster with a maker’s mark and dated London, 1657.

Just behind this was a magnificent late Victorian diamond starburst brooch that sold to a room bidder for £1,100. This dazzling piece featured a central cold cut brilliant of approximately 0.78 carats, enclosed by eight old cuts and 12 diamond set rays. The additional diamonds totally approximately 1.6 carats with a detachable brooch setting.

There were a number of notable prices across all sections of the sale. Jewellery and watches continued to command excellent sums. An 18ct gold openfaced pocket watch with London import marks for 1907 went to a room bid of £500. The same sum secured a late Victorian turquoise and diamond cluster hinged bangle. An attractive diamond and enamel picture pendant on a chain circa 1920 went for £550.

The Oriental ceramics and works of art section enjoyed a good trade. Notable prices included £950 for four 19th Century Chinese export canted rectangular meat plates, £340 for a pair of Japanese Imari urns and covers and £300 for a large Japanese satsuma koro and cover.

An oil on canvas by Tom Moyston was the star turn in the painting section. The work, Corner of a floral garden, bore comparison in style and subject to some by the similarly named Tom Mostyn. This sold to an online bidder for £550.

Furniture continued to perform reliably. A pretty Victorian burr walnut work table achieved £340 and an Arts and Crafts dining table went for £360. A Victorian burr walnut card table made £280.

Other impressive prices in this section included £480 for a 19th Century tortoiseshell writing box with ivory line inlay and £400 for a pair of patinated Spelter figures.

On Thursday (April 23) the auctioneers will be at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, for the regular monthly general sale.

Lots may be dropped off at the venue tomorrow (Wednesday) and the sale will be on view on Thursday morning, from 9am-11am. The auction starts at 11am.

May sees two sales at the Taunton venue – the regular monthly sale on Thursday, May 7, and a new 20th Century Design sale which will take place on Friday, May 8.

Entries for both these sales are still being accepted. For more information please contact the sale room on (01823) 332525.

Walford Cross Sale field with the Sun Shining

Only one week until largest Machinery Sale in the West Country

April 2015

The largest one day Machinery Sale in the South West takes place on 16th April 2015, where Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s team of 13 experienced auctioneers will conduct the sale of an anticipated 3,000 plus lots of Tractors, Farm Machinery, Implements and Effects.

With the sun currently shining the sale field, which is located right of the A38 between North Petherton and Taunton, is primed to stage the sale with booking in of entries taken between 9am- 4pm on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th April. The Sale field will then be open for viewing between 4pm- 7pm on the Wednesday evening and open on sale day (Thursday 16th) from 8am.

The first of the sales commences at 9am with upto five auctions running at once during the day. The Mammoth sale has taken months of planning. With a huge variety of items and the large number of lots on offer there is literally something for everyone and anybody who have not previously traded with the auctioneers are reminded to bring Photographic ID and Proof of Address in order to obtain a bidding number.

For further information please contact 01278 410250 or visit www.gth.net

Martyn Venner

Expertise lifts agricultural tie and assists sale

April 2015

A FORMER racing stables and associated land that had languished on the market with two separate rural agents finally found a buyer thanks to the persistence and expertise of Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The property on the Quantock Hills was subject to an agricultural occupancy condition on the planning permission, and as such had foundered on the open market.

It had much to recommend it – a well presented three bedroom detached bungalow, a traditional barn with stables, a riding arena and holding paddock – but the agricultural occupancy restriction was a stumbling block.

Many buyers are put off by the condition particularly if the property comes with a relatively small piece of land, thus making the use for agricultural purposes less viable. If they have no tie to agriculture then potential buyers are also deterred from the purchase. It thus reduces the pool of potential buyers and as a consequence has a downward effect on the likely sale price.

Martyn Venner, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “When discussing the matter with the vendor he was under the impression that he was complying with the condition as he understood it allowed equestrian use. After looking into the matter further the condition did not relate to equestrian enterprises in any shape or form and simply referred to agriculture, horticulture or forestry. Immediately alarm bells began to ring and it was then I consulted the expertise of Andrew Preston in our Development and Planning Department to take the matter forward.”

Mr Venner decided to investigate the planning history– something that neither of the two previous estate agents had considered despite the fact the property had been marketed with them for a considerable period of time.

His efforts paid off. He found that although the property was subject to an agricultural occupancy condition the vendor had not complied with that condition continually for a period in excess of 10 years.

This proved decisive. If you can prove that the condition had not been complied with continually for a period of 10 years or more you can apply to the local authority for a ‘certificate of lawfulness’, which if granted, allows you to lawfully live at the property, and you are also able to sell it on the open market unencumbered, thus releasing full market value. The certificate of lawfulness does not remove the planning condition, but remains effective for as long as the breach of the condition continues.

Mr Venner consulted Andrew Preston, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Development and Planning Department, and an expert in the area of agricultural occupancy conditions and planning. Andrew succeeded in compiling sufficient evidence to demonstrate to Sedgemoor District Council that a certificate of lawfulness should be issued in respect of the Quantock property.

With the tie unenforceable by the council it became a much more appealing prospect for buyers and the vendor was able to achieve a higher selling price.

Mr Venner soon found a buyer and a deal was struck.

Expertise is key in this area. For help in achieving a sale with what might appear a difficult to shift property please contact Martyn at the Bridgwater office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater, or phone (01278) 446220.

 

2015 Champion Pen of Lambs from Chris Chilcott

A Successful Easter Show & Sale of Suck Lambs at Sedgemoor

March 2015

On Monday 23rd March the Easter Show & Sale of Suck Lambs was held at Sedgemoor.  The show, kindly sponsored by The British Wool Marketing Board, was a huge success resulting in the Champion Lambs being sold to 341ppk and £133 per head from Mr Chris Chilcott of Stogumber, being purchased by the Judge Mr Phil David of The Butchers at Darts Farm, Topsham.  Reserve Champion went to John and Louise Reason of Watchfield, which achieved 306ppk and £110 per head.  Many congratulations and a big thank you the sponsors, the Judge and all exhibitors.

Graeme Biffen

Basic Payment Scheme deadline extended and online system partially scrapped

March 2015

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that most of the new online Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) system is to be temporarily abandoned, and that the application submission deadline is to be extended.

“Following on from a catalogue of system errors and delays, which have had many farmers and agents tearing their hair out, this announcement made late on Thursday, March 19 - just two months before the previous deadline - will no doubt have triggered mixed feelings of relief and frustration amongst those affected,” notes Graeme Biffen of land agent’s Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Graeme adds: “The application deadline has been extended from May 15th to Monday, June 15th, 2015, providing some much needed breathing room.”’

It should be noted that the initial basic online registration must, however, still be undertaken by all farmers wishing to make a claim. Thereafter, further clarification is due to be released in coming days to confirm the three or four possible options that will be available for actually submitting a BPS claim, which will likely vary depending on the size and complexity of an applicant’s claim.

Graeme comments: “Ffor many it will feel like stepping back in time, as they will see a return to paper application forms for a further year, with blank BP5 and RLE1 forms soon available to download, and some pre-populated BP5 forms due to be issued.”

The RPA have also identified some 39,000 claimants with “straightforward” claims who may be eligible to be fast-tracked via an email-based claim. It is understood that, in addition, the RPA are considering providing some agents with access to their core BPS online system in order to assist with more complex cases.

Further updates are to be released in coming days and weeks, and claimants are therefore urged to keep an eye on the RPA website and the farming press.

For advice or assistance in relation to the Basic Payment Scheme, please contact a member of GTH’s Agricultural Professional Department on 01884 243000 for Devon and Cornwall, or 01278 410250 for Somerset and Dorset.

A set of 14 Victorian mahogany bar back dining chairs

£3.000 phone bid secures fine dining chairs

March 2015

ALL sorts of lots commanded attention at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s March monthly antiques sale.

However it was a set of 14 Victorian mahogany bar back dining chairs that had the distinction of claiming the top lot crown. These sold to a phone bidder with a call of £3,000.

This was not the only sparkling furniture price at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. A rather plain, Victorian mahogany dressing table attracted attention and sold for a far from plain £800.

More obviously appealing was an ornate late 19th Century Welsh carved oak hall seat with three Coats of Arms that sold for a commanding £380.

Other prices of note in this section included a contemporary mahogany “D” end extending dining table that went for £550 and £300 from a phone bidder secured a Chinese carved hardwood demi-lune side table.

An attractive, Libery & Co Art Nouveau oak overmantle sold for £240 and a Victorian button back upholstered armchair went to an internet bid of £260.

Paintings of all descriptions were well represented. Best price in this section was a bust portrait of an elderly lady holding a book in the manner of Tilly Kettle that made £550.

A pastoral scene by the British 19th Century artist W. McEvoy of a field of cut corn with mountains beyond went to an online bidder for £500.

An 18th/19th Century Italian School oil on canvas featuring a couple of ladies giving alms to a Franciscan with a chapel beyond made a heavenly £400.

No sale would be complete without a couple of Harry Frier offerings. This time a Lynmouth watercolour went for £280 and a lake scene for £220.

Silver continued to enjoy solid prices. A matched set of four silver candlesticks made £550 and a large silver salver by Walker and Hall, Sheffield 1936, went for £500.

A room bidder successfully secured an 18 carat gold bracelet and necklace set for £1,550. Not far behind was a Bulova, Accutron, gentleman’s 18 carat gold bracelet watch for £1,100.

The auctioneers are set for a busy few months ahead as both April and May will see double auction days.

The customary monthly auction takes place on Thursday, April 9. The landmark Spring Sporting Sale will follow on Friday, April 10. The May sale on Thursday, May 7, will be followed on Friday, May 8, by the inaugural 20th Century Design Sale.

Entries for this sale which is being conducted by Valuer Chris Marks, who has a particular interest in the period, close on Friday, April 24.

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, from 9am-1pm. There is no need to book, just turn up. There is plenty of free parking on site.

For more information please ring the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

2014 SWWF Cheque Presentation to Selworthy School

Selworthy Special School Benefits from Sedgemoor's South West Winter Fair

March 2015

Members of the South West Winter Fair Committee recently presented children from Selworthy Special School in Taunton with a cheque in the sum of £2,700.  It was felt by SWWF committee members that Selworthy School, for children and young people with learning disabilities, was a very deserving cause.

The £2,700 was made up of £2,000 being the proceeds of a raffle held at the annual SWWF Dinner & Awards Ceremony and £700 that was raised on Show Day by the BOS Rotary Club through 'Guess the Weight of the Turkey' and 'Guess the Cowpat Square' competitions! Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt would like to thank all those who kindly helped support the show and enabled these generous donations.

Plans are already well underway for the 2015 South West Winter Fair which is to be held on Monday 30th November, with the Presentation Dinner being on Thursday 10th December.

Hardy's reel

Plenty to reel in discerning buyers

March 2015

ONE of the highlights of the antiques calendar takes place at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s flagship Taunton salerooms next month.

The eagerly anticipated Spring Sporting Sale takes centre stage at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Friday, April 10.

This dedicated biannual event has much to appeal to lovers of all things sporting from books to prints, watercolours and oil paintings.

Equestrian, saddlery and luggage will also feature along with taxidermy, hunting horns, riding crops, ceramics and decorative items.

There is still time to consign entries to this specialist sale, but suitable lots need to be with the auctioneers by Monday, March 16.

Already there is a strong section of fishing ephemera that will feature in the showcase sale including rods, accessories and fishing books.

Worth a particular mention is a Hardy Bros “PERFECT” 3.5" (9cm) fishing reel with pierced drum, ivory handle, and rod in hand trademark logo. This fine example is guided at £300-£400.

This dedicated sale is one of just two held annually devoted to the sporting arena. The Autumn Sporting Sale takes place on Friday, October 2.

Meanwhile the auctioneers will be at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, on Thursday, March 19, for the general monthly antiques sale. This starts at 11am.

If you have anything suitable for the Spring Sporting Sale please contact Saleroom Manager Stuart Triggol on (01823) 332525.

Alternatively free antiques appraisal mornings are held each Monday at the salerooms from 9am-1pm. There is no need to book and there is free parking on site.

Music box

Music box leads the way, as marbles also shine

March 2015

GREENSLADE Taylor Hunt’s first collectors’ sale of the year lived up to expectations with excellent prices across the piece.

Standout lot was a Nicole Frere “bells, drum and castanets in sight” musical box.
This late 19th Century example had caused much pre-sale interest at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

On sale day four phone line bidders wrestled for ownership of the musical box with bidding commencing at £420. The hammer finally came down at a resounding £3,800.

Medals and militaria are perennial favourites with collectors’ and last Friday’s sale (March 6) proved no exception.

There were some excellent medal groups offered in the sale. A particular highlight was a Great War and Second World War Distinguished Service Cross and Bar group of eight medals awarded to Squadron Leader – later Wing Commander Cyril Chapman.

This intrepid officer received the DSC in 1917 for completing a photographic reconnaissance mission despite adverse conditions in which he suffered severe frost-bite.

In March 1918 he gained a Bar to the DSC for further gallantry when he successfully spotted for the bombardment of Ostend and other valuable reconnaissance for the Fleet.

His medal group sold for £2,600 to a phone bidder, meanwhile a Second World War Distinguished Service Medal group of five medals went for £1,100.

A seemingly more prosaic lot in comparison was a collection of 28 late 19th and early 20th Century hand-made marbles.

However internet bidders thought differently and drove the price up to an excellent £1,700.

Postcards are another staple of any self-respecting collectors’ sale and the Greenslade Taylor Hunt offering proved no exception.

Tremendous prices were achieved for all types from topographical ones to comic offerings.

Prices of note included three different sets of Surrey postcards that each went for £650 while another two sets each notched up £600.

Items with connections to the famous also enjoyed buoyant trade. An autograph of Winston Churchill fetched £260.

A book with an intriguing link to Florence Nightingale made £320. The illustrious nurse had presented the book, The Fur Country, to a schoolboy. The background to the gift remains a mystery, but the inscription implies that the recipient had been falsely accused of some sort of wrong-doing.

Much of the allure of collectables is the history that attaches to the items.

Fans of the genre need to make a date for the next dedicated collectors’ sale on Saturday, June 6.

However the auctioneers also include collectors items in their regular monthly sales. The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, April 9, while the specialist Spring Sporting Sale takes place on Friday, April 10.

Items for the sporting sale are being accepted until Monday, March 16.

For further details on all the different sales please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

 

Andrew Preston

Planning agents welcome clearer guidance on barn conversions

March 2015

Greenslade Taylor Hunt welcomes the publication by the Government of long awaited guidance on the Permitted Development regulations covering the change of use of agricultural buildings to various uses, including residential.

Since the initial introduction of the regulations in April 2014, there has been a great deal of confusion over how some of the provisions should be interpreted, and inconsistency in the approach taken by different Planning Authorities and Appeal Inspectors writes Andrew Preston, Associate in the firm’s Development and Planning Department.

Amongst other things, the new guidance confirms that up to three additional dwellings may be created on any agricultural unit, regardless of the number of existing dwellings that there may be

The guidance also clarifies that the permitted development rights do not allow the construction of new structural elements for the building. To qualify for conversion, the existing building must be structurally strong enough to take the loading which comes with the external works to provide for a residential use of the building.

Perhaps most significantly, the guidance confirms that the rights apply to buildings that may be rurally situated, away from any town or village. The Government has recognised that many agricultural buildings will not be in village settlements and may not be able to rely on public transport for their daily needs, and the sustainability of the location is not a reason for Planning Authorities to resist development. Instead, they should consider whether the location would be an unrealistic or potentially harmful site for a dwelling.

Whilst some would say that this guidance should have been in place when the legislation was first introduced, it’s belated arrival now provides much needed clarity on the rules. In particular, this announcement may well unlock the potential for rurally situated barns to be considered for conversion, despite a past history of refusals by some Planning Authorities.

Any farmer or landowner with a building that may be suitable for conversion, or who may have had an application for ‘prior approval’ permitted development rejected, is advised to contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Development and Planning team, based at the Chard Office, on (01460) 238380 or email landplanning.chard@gth.net

Graeme Biffen

Act now to benefit from specialist grants

March 2015

As part of the wider Countryside Stewardship Scheme to be rolled out later this year, the Government has recently launched new Water and Woodland Capital Grant Schemes, which are currently open for applications.

“The Water Grant Scheme builds upon the success of the Catchment Sensitive Farming Scheme, which many readers will be familiar with, and is open to holdings within priority catchment target areas,” notes Graeme Biffen of Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Professional Department.

The scheme is aimed at reducing the impact that agriculture has on water quality, and will provide grants of up to £10,000 per claimant towards a variety of capital items, with a total fund of £10 million available for the farming industry.

“Farmers and land managers are urged to consider and move on these grants before it is too late, as funding is competitive and there is a very short application window of March 2- April 30, 2015,” advises Graeme.

The scheme is being administered by Natural England and applications will be assessed based on their potential environmental benefit.

The Woodland Grant Scheme is aimed primarily at supporting the creation of new woodland, assisting with woodland management and helping to address tree health issues.

Graeme highlights: “There are a range of capital items for applicants to choose from including tree planting and protection, together with the option of maintenance payments for newly created woodland.”

Applications under this scheme must be submitted to the Forestry Commission by April 30, 2015, for woodland creation, or by June 30, 2015 for management plan and tree health applications.

For advice on your potential eligibility for these grant schemes, or assistance with applications, please contact a member of GTH’s Agricultural Professional Department on 01884 243000 for Devon and Cornwall, or 01278 410250 for Somerset and Dorset.

 

Taunton banknote

Local and global

March 2015

Lovers of the immediate locality will find much to tempt them in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s imminent Collectors’ Sale, on March 6. From a Taunton Bank note of 1807 (pictured above), to a postcard collection that includes a view of Venn’s butcher’s shop, on the High Street, there are numerous mementoes of the town in bygone times. A stoneware flagon from the Devon & Somerset Stores and a large enamel sign promoting Starkey, Knight & Ford Ales & Stouts, rub shoulders with a Great War pair of medals awarded to a soldier of the Somerset Light Infantry, and histories of Taunton written by Joshua Toulmin (1791) and James Savage (1822).

Then again, there are items from the other side of the globe, too. A knobkerrie, or fighting club, from South Africa, and an interesting collection of cigarette and trade cards from Australia will also be coming up for sale. The latter are among a range of early issues that rarely surface at auction. Of these the National Cigarette & Tobacco Company’s ‘National Types (Sailor Girls)’, of 1890, are likely to be particularly sought-after. Joining them are Baker’s ‘Beauties of All Nations’ (1899), and the British American Tobacco Company’s ‘Lantern Girls’ and ‘Flower Girls’ (both 1903).

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, while remaining true to its West Country roots, has been quick to embrace the opportunities presented by the global market place. All its antique and specialist sales are fully illustrated on-line, and the live internet bidding facility links the Taunton rooms with buyers as far away as America, Singapore, China, and Australia.

Near or far, whether buying or selling, with Greenslade Taylor Hunt you get the best of both worlds.

Steiff Teddy Bear

Spoilt for choice at March collectors' sale

February 2015

AS EVER discerning buyers will be spoilt for choice by the plethora of items on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s dedicated collectors’ sale on Friday, March 6.

The sale is the first of four specialist events that will take place this year at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Highlights include a range of good medal groups. Of particular note is a Great War Distinguished Service Order Military Cross group of six. Similarly the auctioneers have a Distinguished Service Cross and bar group of six medals awarded to an airman.

The DSO and DSC gallantry awards were given for heroic actions under fire. The bar signified that the recipient had behaved intrepidly on more than one occasion. These lots are each guided at £2,500.

The auctioneers are renowned for their model railway selections and this sale is no exception. A collection of O gauge models, built up since 1928 by a man from Nottinghamshire, includes an L.M.S. 'Royal Scot' locomotive and two Pullman coaches, while over 50 lots of OO gauge items have been drawn from vendors as far away as Hampshire.

Indicating the breadth of items being offered is a Nicole Freres musical box. This late 19th Century piece by the up market Geneva maker features a “bells drum and castanet in sight” movement. It is guided at £350-£450.

Surely the most endearing item in the sale is an early example of a Steiff teddy. This bear was presented to the original owner on the occasion of her birth on March 6, 1908 – a full 107 years ago to the day of the Greenslade Taylor Hunt collectors’ sale! This special bear has a guide price of £300-£400.

Viewing for this sale and the regular monthly sale on Thursday, March 5, will take place on Saturday (February 28) from 9am-1pm. Both sales will also be on view on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, from 9am-5.30pm.

For more details please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525.

Bing stationary steam engine

Florence and the machine!

February 2015

…Not the band, admittedly, but two lots coming up in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s eagerly awaited Collectors Sale, on 6th March.

The first is a childrens book, The Fur Country, which contains a touching inscription by Florence Nightingale, dated 1878. In it she notes that the young recipient ‘was quite guiltless in the affair at the Examination’, suggesting that the gift was a form of compensation following a false accusation. The element of mystery, coupled with the heartfelt sentiment from one of Britain’s most famous nurses will, no doubt, constitute part of the appeal to collectors.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are one of the few West Country salerooms to offer a specialist knowledge of the book market, and are always pleased to provide valuation advice free of charge.

The second element in the above-mentioned title refers to a tinplate toy steam engine manufactured by the sought-after German firm of Bing (pictured here). This has survived in remarkable condition, and even retains its original box.

Also included in the sale are three Mettoy tinplate toys – a racing car, fire engine, and limousine – the treasured possessions of a 1940s childhood, alongside other ‘machines’, ranging from Edison phonographs and a desirable Nicole Freres musical box, to a National cash register.

If you’re looking for the quirky and nostalgic, this is the sale for you. For further information contact the auctioneers on 01823 332525, or browse the fully illustrated on-line catalogue.

A Mid Winter 'Nature Study' dinner service by Terence Conran

Auctioneers launch new 20th Century design sale

February 2015

LEADING auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are to stage a new sale – 20th Century Design on Friday, May 8, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

The event is the brainchild of Valuer, Chris Marks, who has a particular interest and knowledge of all aspects of the period.

There is a strong market for 20th Century items from ceramics to furniture, but currently there is no dedicated sale for this type of material in the Westcountry.

The demand for items from the period is international. At Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s most recent sale an internet bidder in Argentina secured a Louis Vuitton travelling trunk circa 1910 and had it shipped to his home in Italy.

Chris believes many people may be unaware of the value of items they may have in their home that they may not regard as antique.

“Buyers are looking for style and quality,” he said.

Many buyers prefer items from the Art Nouveau era to the 1970s and 1980s as they look more contemporary in modern homes than traditional antiques and as a result they can command high prices.

Paintings, prints, homewares, lighting and furniture from the period are all sought for this dedicated sale. Entries close on April 24.

It is hoped it will become a regular feature in the auctioneers well-regarded sales calendar at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

For more information please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

 

Great War Silk Postcard

Hurrah for the Hussars

February 2015

A scarce Great War woven silk postcard, part of an impressive private collection, is among the lots consigned for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next specialist Collectors Sale, on 6th March.

Regimental designs are always popular and this one, bearing the badge of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, is one of the harder-to-find examples. The Somerset Light Infantry, Devonshire Regiment, Gloucestershire Regiment, and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers are among the many others represented in a lot that carries a pre-sale estimate of £120-150.

Entries for the sale have now closed, to enable completion of the catalogue, but further posts featuring some of the varied highlights will appear here over the coming days.

If you are considering selling any collectables, from single items to complete collections, contact Peter Rixon on 01823 332525, for confidential expert advice, without charge or obligation.

Store Cattle Ring

A Magnificent Valentine's Day Trade at Sedgemoor

February 2015

Records were again being smashed at Sedgemoor Market on Saturday 14th February.  A sensational trade was experienced in several sections.

For the second time this year a new record Store Cattle average was set at £958, being over £100 up on 12 months ago.  Some tremendous cattle were presented to a top of £1550, being achieved by Mr Roger Morrish of Torrington for an exceptional 25m and Farm Assured Charolais steer, a near record top price.  Congratulations to Roger and family for providing a top drawer consignment of cattle.  Store heifers were crowned by a run of excellent quality pedigree and purebred Limousins from Mr Julian Cranton of Wareham, Dorset at £1450.

A small entry of sucklers and a plethora of purchasers resulted in a record trade for all and a good trade for stock bulls.  The top price of £1920 was achieved for a purebred British Blue cow with a 1m heifer calf from Phil and Jackie White of Wellington.  A good run of bulls sold to £2250 for a 19m Limousin from Mr & Mrs DK Wheeler of Cullompton.  Many more sucklers are requested to meet the current demand.

The Stirk Ring also saw a marvellous trade when some quality consignments were forward to top at £1000 for an 11m Limousin heifer from Mr Geoff Miller of Burrowbridge.

The Sheep Section was not to be outdone with a flying trade for Store Lambs to £93.50 from Mr Elliott Davis and Cull Ewes to £123.50 from John and Roger Maynard of Exeter.

Many congratulations and thanks to our Vendors and with a trade that by all accounts is "on fire", we would strongly suggest that now is the time to sell at Sedgemoor.

Sonia Matthews

Act now to avoid problems later

February 2015

IT may seem a while off yet, but as of April 1, 2018, landlords across England and Wales will be banned from letting out property which has an energy rating of F and below. These new regulations are set to cut energy bills and lower carbon emissions and the Government claims that this will apply to almost 10 per cent of the estimated 4.2 million private rented home in England and Wales.


Landlords of properties which currently have an EPC rating of F and G will be obliged to upgrade the energy efficiency to a minimum of E by April 1, 2018, or face being prohibited to let them until the upgrade is done. The implications for the landlord will be that they will not be able to renew or enter into a new agreement and they could also face a penalty fine should they fail to act on a tenant’s request for an upgrade.


“This is a very big measure. Effectively, we’re saying, if you do not improve your property up to the minimum of EPC E rating by three years’ time, you will not be able to let out that property. Which is quite a big stick, and it’s about time too,” Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told The Guardian.


Sonia Matthews FARLA, Associate at Greenslade Taylor Hunt,said: “From April 1, 2016, which although seems a long way off is only actually 14 months away, tenants currently occupying properties with an EPC rating of F and below will be able to make improvement requests to their landlords.


“My suggestion would be that landlords pre-empt these new regulations and start looking to upgrade their properties now, this way they will be able to spread the cost by carrying out any repairs in stages. We are fortunate enough to have a very good team of reliable and competent contractors who we can call upon to advise landlords on any work required.” 


Sonia can be contacted at the Taunton Lettings office, 9 Hammet Street, or phone (01823) 337722.

 

 

Bridgwater Lettings Team

"Worth your weight in gold"

February 2015

One of my long-standing landlords recently gave me what I would describe as “the ultimate compliment” says Simone Palmer, Lettings Manager of Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Bridgwater Office.


It is always nice to be thanked for our hard work and this in itself is not unusual, which probably explains why the majority of our new landlords come to us through personal recommendations. But this landlord told me that she didn’t know what she would do without me and that I was worth my weight in gold. I thanked her and explained that this must truly be a huge compliment as I am actually quite heavy!


Seriously though it is often said that all letting agents are the same or that they, in essence, do the same job but this is not necessarily the case. As a qualified lettings professional and member of ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings Agents) with over 20 years’ experience in lettings and property management myself and my team pride ourselves on going that “extra mile” for all our landlords to ensure that they get the best tenants possible and also the best service possible.


2014 was a very successful year for us and in particular the latter part of the year was the busiest on record. This is all good news but unfortunately it has left us with greatly depleted property stock. We are currently desperately in need of properties of all types and sizes to offer to our bank of good quality waiting tenants.


In order to increase our property availability we are currently offering reduced landlord fees so if you have a property to let or are in the process of buying to let please give us a call. Even if you already have your property currently advertised with another agent and it has not let we will be happy to market it for you.


Please contact us for a “no obligation” chat. We look forward to hearing from you on 01278 457007, rental.bridgwater@gth.net or at our office at 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3BG

Rare Salor Bag Face Rug

Fantastic prices at February antiques sale

February 2015

AUCTIONEER Derek Biss promised a great variety of items with something for everyone before he launched into proceedings at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February sale and the auction certainly delivered.

The prediction proved spot on as items across the board attracted strong bidding from eager buyers online, on the phones and in person at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Mr Biss was the first of three auctioneers who were kept busy as would-be buyers vied for the many desirable lots.

Top of the pile was a rare Salor Bag Face rug which saw concerted internet and room bidding drive the price ever higher. The hammer finally came down at £6,200 to a room bidder.

A tiny oil on board painting, measuring a mere 17cm by 13.5cm, by Benjamin William Leader went for an immense £3,800. This attractive painting entitled The Garden Door was secured by an internet bidder.

All sections of the sale, which numbered nearly 600 lots, had their star attractions. A canteen of silver kings pattern flatware sold for an excellent £2,200 while a good Victorian matched silver gilt fruit set went for £400 in a comprehensive silver section.

The selling rate throughout the sale was excellent with few items failing to find a buyer.

Highlights included £1,000 for a smart 18ct gold half hunter pocket watch, while an 18ct gold watch chain made £1,100.

Continuing the watch theme an Omega gentleman’s 9ct gold wristwatch saw solid internet and room interest before being clinched by a room bidder with a decisive £650 bid. The same sum secured an 18ct gold open-faced pocketwatch.

Prior to the sale there had been much interest in a specially designed Louis Vuitton leather-bound travelling library trunk.

This delightful piece, designed to carry Encyclopaedia Britannicas, set the internet abuzz. It sold for a mighty £1,800.


Furniture also enjoyed some stellar prices. Of particular note was a Victorian burr walnut side cabinet which sold for £1,100, while a Victorian inlaid burr walnut card table with maker’s stamp F.A. Gilham, Manufacturer, Canterbury, went for £800. A set of eight rush seat dining chairs sold for £700.

Items are now being accepted for next month’s sale on Thursday, March 5, and the first of the quarterly collectors’ sales which follows on Friday, March 6.

The market is particularly buoyant at the moment so if you have anything suitable to consign now is the time to contact the auctioneers.

Call in for a free valuation on Monday mornings between 9am and 1pm or ring the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

Tractor Run Smashes £10,000 Target

Tractor Run Smashes £10,000 Target

February 2015

One of the farmers who became the face of the Somerset Floods, James Winslade, is among a group of farmers who have launched a new charity to help colleagues in crisis - Forage Aid.

The Charity set out on a tractor run from Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Monday 9th February 2015, a year after James and other farmers on the Somerset Levels were forced to flee their homes and evacuate their livestock as the worst floods in living memory wreaked havoc.

Recalling the trauma James said "There was no help anywhere.  Thank goodness for Robert Venner and all the market staff".

Just minutes after the last of the livestock were safely rehoused at Sedgemoor Market the first of the forage lorries arrived from Scotland with essential feed.

Before the rescue James had put a message on Twitter about the plight of the Levels farmers.  Within hours he had received 198 telephone calls and 68 answerphone messages, all offering help.

He was overwhelmed with the response and it prompted him to set up Forage Aid to help other farmers in their hour of need.

"Farming is hard enough without extra layers of stress put on", said James.

Initially he hoped the tractor run would raise £10,000, but this target has been smashed and it now looks like the event will bring in £20,000.

The run travelled through the West Country before ending at Telford on Wednesday 11th February, at the Energy Now Expo Event.

James and his family moved back onto their farm in October, but there is still another three months of work to restore the property to it's pre-flood state.

"What has kept us going is the level of support," said James.

 

An artist's impression of the care/residential home

Site packed with potential

January 2015

A MAJOR residential development opportunity close to the construction site for a new power plant in Somerset has just come to the market with land specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Graham Ford, Land and Planning Partner, said: “This is an exciting residential development opportunity uniquely located to take advantage of Hinkley C.”

The site at Watchet is within the 12-mile close catchment area of the Hinkley Point C construction site and a mile from its Park and Ride.

Mr Ford added: “As agents we cannot stress strongly enough the impact of EDF (the firm behind Hinkley C) on the local economy.

“The project will attract a total of some 22,000 workers over the 10-year construction period and create 1,000 “permanent” jobs over the 60-year design life of the reactor.”

The development site extends to 2.19 acres and is close to the centre of Watchet and is within walking distance of the main amenities, harbour and marina.

It is available as a whole at a guide of £1.6m or as individual lots. Lot one comprises a complex of original stone barns with permission to convert to 10 homes - a mixture of two, three and four bedroom properties. It is guided at £350,000.

Lot two consists of development land suitable for residential use. Detailed consent for a 70-bed residential/nursing home exists for the site. This is offered at a guide of £1.25M.

For full details and to arrange a viewing please contact the sole agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Hammet Street, Taunton, on (01823) 334466.

 

 

John Kelly

Specialist appointment adds to firm's expertise

January 2015

ANTIQUE experts Greenslade Taylor Hunt have strengthened their team with the appointment of John Kelly as a consultant.

Mr Kelly, who has a vast experience of the antiques business, has a particular interest in jewellery, silver and watches.

He will be at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Mondays to provide advice and information on his specialisms.

Saleroom manager, Stuart Triggol, welcomed his appointment, saying: “We are delighted to welcome John. His appointment will enhance our existing team of skilled professionals.”

In addition Mr Kelly will attend advisory sessions at branch offices as part of the antiques department’s efforts to make it easier for people seeking valuations closer to home.

On Monday, February 9, he will visit the Bridgwater residential office, 31-33 High Street, between 2pm and 4pm to offer his expertise.

He will also be at the Wells office at 74 High Street between 10am and 12 on Wednesday, February 25, between 10am and 12 noon.

On Thursday, February 26, he will offer advice at the Sherborne office at 3 Cheap Street from 10am-12noon and from 2pm-4pm will visit the Yeovil office at 22 Princes Street.

He is particularly interested in Arts and Crafts silver jewellery. Previously he curated two major exhibitions dedicated to the silversmiths George Hunt and Helen Holmes.

Helen Holmes not only produced jewellery and silver, but copper work, miniatures, paintings and leather work. She was also landlady to the poet John Betjeman who stayed with her during the Second World War, whilst working in Bath.

Mr Kelly is an enthusiast and enjoys the excitement of an antiques find. At one valuation morning he identified a Newlyn silver and enamel pendant amongst a tangle of jewellery in a box. It went on to sell at Greenslade Taylor Hunt for £320.

“The quirky and odd are always good fun,” he said.

Mr Kelly is interested in the craftsmen behind the designs as much as the jewellery, watches and silverware.

If you would like John to assess an item of jewellery, silver or a watch please come along to The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Mondays between 9am and 1pm.

For more details please call (01823) 332525.

Free Planning Clinic

Free Planning Clinic at Sedgemoor Auction Centre

January 2015

A free Planning Clinic is to be held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Saturday 7th February 2015 between 9am-1pm.  Please feel free to drop in for some advice about all your planning queries.  Surveyors from our specialist Land & Planning Department will be on hand to give advice.

Will Handel

New Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt

January 2015

THE New Year marks a new chapter for Will Handel who has just been made a partner with successful Westcountry property experts Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Will has been with the firm for 10 years, but his connection with the business is lifelong as his father, Chris Handel, was also a Partner in the business having retired from the partnership himself in 2006. Having grown up on the Devon/Somerset border and gone to school at Queen’s College in Taunton Will has always had a desire to work in the area. He has had an interest in agriculture and property from an early age and it was therefore inevitable that he would follow in his father’s footsteps.

“It was something I always wanted to do,” said Will.

After completing a Rural Land Management degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester Will worked for national property firm Cluttons in Kent undertaking Estate Management duties for the Church Commissioners. Whilst in Kent he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and also an Agricultural Valuer before returning to the West Country.

He set up Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s agricultural office in Honiton in 2004 and has seen the office expand dramatically in that time. Initially, the office mainly sold town properties whilst today the office has a wide selection of town and village properties in addition to farms and land. Furthermore, Will also provides professional services to clients to include valuations for banks and taxation, compensation claims and has also established a reputation for his knowledge of the changing agricultural subsidy system. The office also offers a residential lettings department providing a managed or introductory service to landlords.

“The last few years, but 2014 in particular, has been tremendous for the Honiton office and our established team has been extremely busy on the agency side with the wide portfolio of properties that we have sold ranging from flats, town houses, village properties through to land and farms. With confidence within the property market I see no reason why it will not be the same again in 2015. Furthermore, with the new Basic Payment Scheme starting on 1 January, I am sure we will be very busy again in 2015,” said Will.

His work is mainly focused in East Devon, from the coast and heading up onto the Blackdown Hills and he enjoys the variety of the job.

“There’s a real cross section in the services that we provide – the marketing of different styles of properties to professional services and residential lettings which all complement each other very well,” he said.

Will is also familiar to many farmers throughout the South West as an auctioneer at Sedgemoor Auction Centre where he sells stirks every Saturday.

If you are considering selling a property or need assistance with professional services please contact Will on (01404) 46222 or drop into the office at 111 High Street, Honiton.

 

 

Justin Lowe, Partner at GTH presents Luke Simon, of School in a Bag with a cheque for £1,500

Major boost for School in a Bag charity

January 2015

LEADING property professionals Greenslade Taylor Hunt are supporting a Somerset-based charity to the tune of £1,500.

School in a Bag, an initiative of the Piers Simon Appeal, was an obvious choice for the property firm as the founder’s father was a former GTH colleague.

Tragically Piers Simon died in the Boxing Day tsunami 10 years ago and his brother Luke set up a charity in his memory.

Initially the charity focussed on working in Thailand where Piers died, but during the last five years has been providing and filling School Bags for poor, orphan and vulnerable children in desperate need around the globe.

To date 50,000 children in 22 different countries have been helped by the charity.

Comments Graham Ford: “As a local business we are delighted to support Luke and his charity in supporting children who are simply not as privileged as our own.”

The firm’s donation will help towards funding a couple of vehicles so the charity can get its message across to more people, as well as providing some School Bags to Uganda in Africa.

Later in the year staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be embarking on an ambitious cycle ride through Somerset, Devon and Dorset, to provide further funds for this worthy cause.

According to UNICEF figures 20% of the world’s child population will never attend school so School in a Bag provides stationery, learning resources and eating utensils that enable a child to learn and hopefully provide a passport to a life out of hardship and poverty.

Already the Inner Wheel, one of the country’s largest women’s voluntary groups, has backed the campaign having chosen School in a Bag as its international charity of the year.

Find out more at www.schoolinabag.org


Picture caption:

JUSTIN Lowe, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Yeovil office presents Luke Simon, of School in a Bag with a cheque for £1,500.

 

Tiffany ring sold for £800

First sale of the year starts with a flourish

January 2015

PLENTY of people gathered for the first antiques auction of the year at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom on January 8.

As well as many new faces at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, there was a good deal of interest on line and on pre-booked phone lines.

Bidders were treated to a great catalogue of varied entries to kick off the New Year.

There was no Christmas hangover as a work by the appropriately named John Egerton Christmas Piper achieved the top spot of the day with a bid of £900 for a limited edition lithograph of Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk.

An eclectic selection of prints, watercolours and oils attracted buyers. Of particular note was a late 18th Century Continental School portrait of a woman in a state of undress. This striking picture had graced the front of the auction catalogue and sold for £400 to an internet bidder.

The sale was also an opportunity for more unusual offerings to shine – six gilt twin branch wall lights of neo-classical design fetched an illuminating £600.

More predictably a nine stone diamond half hoop ring by the iconic Tiffany & Co made £800.

While a printing error resulted in a pricey pound note. A 1970s note had been printed without a serial number and this sold £50 at the auction.

In the ceramic section there was plenty of demand for Staffordshire flatbacks – a pair of 19th Century figures depicting Victor Emmanuel and Garibaldi sold for £260, while a group of six figures from the same era made £280. A Moorcroft pomegranate pattern vase went for a tasty £220.

A comprehensive silver section featured a silver salver dated 1894 which sold for £300. Just behind this was a four piece silver tea service made in Birmingham in 1926 which achieved £320.

Furniture rounded off the day with a flourish. A Victorian walnut shaped oval occasional table looked like it was destined for an internet buyer as online bidders shut out the opposition for a time. However a patient phone bidder emerged victorious with a call of £550.

Other prices of interest in this section included a set of eight Victorian mahogany bar back dining chairs which sold for £400; an early 19th Century style bureau bookcase for £380 and an early dark oak coffer for £300.

A beautiful Liberty & Co Tudric Pewter Art Nouveau vase sold for £260.

Preparations now begin for next month’s sale on Thursday, February 5.

In addition the auctioneers will be visiting Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, on Saturday, January 24, between 10am-12noon to provide free verbal valuations and advice. They will also be accepting entries into forthcoming monthly sales and the specialist biannual sporting and dedicated quarterly collectors’ sales.

Free valuation sessions are held every Monday from 9am-1pm at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. For further information please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Torre Cider Farm

Retirement offers unique business opportunity

January 2015


AFTER nearly 30 years as a cider maker Jill Gillman, 70, has certainly earned the right to put her feet up.

Her imminent retirement offers someone else the opportunity to take over thriving Torre Cider Farm, Torre, Washford, set in stunning countryside close to Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills.

Jill said: “It’s a fantastic way of life and I will miss it. There’s a happy band of people who work here.”

Jill will produce around 25,000 litres of cider for her range of Howzat, Sheep Stagger and Tornado varieties. In addition the business also makes apple juice and cider vinegar. It is completely self sufficient with around eight acres of productive cider orchards. Each year Jill has always produced a good crop.

The business began almost by chance. Initially Jill set up a pick your own fruit farm, but after a few poor years due to erratic weather changed tack. Visitors were constantly asking where they could buy “Scrumpy” and so a new business was born.

Investment in an apple press and hogsheads from a distillery in Scotland to store the cider quickly followed. The gamble paid off. Within 10 weeks of making the first cider the entire batch was sold out.

Now the business includes a farm shop and tea rooms and is a popular visitor attraction, sign posted via a tourist sign off the A39, just a mile away.

Six part-time staff help to operate the enterprise. There is scope for a new owner to expand the profitable business. Audited accounts are available to seriously interested parties following an inspection of the property.

The business includes cider barn, outbuildings, a separate craft workshop, visitor attractions and parking.

The owner’s accommodation is an attractive four-bedroom detached barn conversion. In addition there are two apartments, currently let on shorthold tenancies, which generate around £950 per month.

Usefully there is planning permission to build a further visitor attraction building with craft shops and a tea room to complement the existing offering.

Duncan Brown, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who are handling the sale, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for a lifestyle change to live and work in a beautiful setting surrounded by stunning countryside close to the sea. The business has been established for a number of years, there are opportunities to expand and there is additional income from the two apartments.”

It is on the market at a guide price of £925,000. For further information please contact the sole agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01823) 334455.

Store Cattle Ring at Sedgemoor

An exceptional Store Cattle trade to £1445 with a record average of £927 per head

January 2015

A blistering trade was experienced on Saturday 10th January in the Store Cattle ring at Sedgemoor.  The highest overall average was achieved to date, moving up another £26 to £927 per head.  Strong cattle met exceptional demand to £1445 for a well grown 24m Limousin steer from Mr RP Williams of Winsford.  We would urge all store cattle vendors to take advantage of this current near unprecedented trade and strike whilst the iron is hot.

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Chance to ask a land expert

January 2015

A FREE, drop-in session for all types of rural planning matters will be hosted by surveyors from Greenslade Taylor Hunt on Saturday, February 7, at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton.

Led by Graham Ford, Partner with the firm’s Development and Planning Division, Associate, Simon Gitsham and planning consultant, Andrew Jordan, the event will run from 9am-1pm.

Mr Jordan, has a wealth of experience in planning. Most recently he worked as a Senior Development Management Officer – chartered town planner – for the West Dorset and Weymouth Partnership.

His extensive career has encompassed all aspects of the planning process. Indeed his in-depth knowledge and expertise has led him to appear as a professional witness in numerous public inquiries.

Graham Ford said: “We hope as many farmers and indeed any members of the public with planning questions will turn up at our session where hopefully we can be of assistance.”

The event at Sedgemoor will focus on providing advice on converting farm buildings to residential use.

It will also look at the suitability of farmland for housing development and more specialist advice on option or promotion agreements.

There is no need to book. Simply turn up between 9am-1pm and the professional team will be happy to offer assistance.

 

Martyn Venner

The housing market gets off to a great start

January 2015

Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt hits the ground running in 2015 and looks forward to an active property market throughout the year ahead – only punctuated by one rather important event in May.

In housing market terms 2015 could be a contradictory year. In some ways the market is looking healthier than it has for years with more first time buyers than at any time since 2007. Early post-New Year signs are of sustained activity. These factors are clearly a reflection of increased confidence in the economy and higher employment across the UK.

This is very good news. The only cloud on the horizon might be the General Election in May. If we thought the Scottish referendum – which for a time had a negative effect on market activity in England and Wales as well as Scotland - was a difficult one to call, the 2015 General Election will surely prove to be impossible to forecast. And it is just this sort of uncertainty that markets don’t like. So we may see a slight cooling off in activity levels and transactions the nearer we get to May. But we think that buyers and sellers will want to get a headstart on the market and try and make some hard decisions early in the New Year. Certainly these are the clear signs now.

For some this will be a period of great opportunity in the property market. Once again, we would urge buyers not to rely too heavily on the property portals. They  deal in hard data and certainties. Use them as a guide by all means. But the best opportunities often come from uncertainties. To find out about property off-market or for help in finding that special place or great deal through hard-won local experience then there is nothing to compare with a good, reputable, traditional and knowledgeable High Street estate agent like Greenslade Taylor Hunt. Come rain, shine or General Election Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be ready with great ideas and sound advice. For a free market appraisal please contact Martyn Venner or Ann Cragg on 01278 425555 e:residential.bridgwater@gth.net.

Port label

Silver "smalls" will be among sale highlights

December 2014

THE silver market includes items referred to as “smalls”. These are items, as the name suggests, which are small collectables such as Vesta cases, sewing instruments, and wine labels. It is within the latter category Greenslade Taylor Hunt are pleased to highlight two offerings at next Thursday’s monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on January 8.

The first is a rather ordinary looking Port label circa 1770 by Margaret Binley. She is presumed to be the widow of Richard Binley, who like Margaret specialised in the making of wine labels or “tickets”as some prefer to call them.

Richard had served his time as an apprentice to a silversmith who worked exclusively in wine labels – the ironically named Sandyland Drinkwater. Upon Richard’s death it is assumed Margaret took over the business. Her label has a pre-sale estimate of £100-£150.

Margaret’s labels have proved popular with collectors and much interest is expected at next Thursday’s sale (January 8) which starts at 10am.

Another female silversmith of the late 18th Century that attracts bidders is Hester Bateman. However Bateman collectors are happy to chase hard items by her offspring and descendants too. Alongside the Binley ticket at the Greenslade Taylor Hunt auction is a fine mountain label - mountain was a sweet dessert wine that by 1790 had been usurped by sherry.

The label with a fleur de lys surmount made by and Peter and Ann Bateman 1791 is guided at £150-£200. Peter was Hester’s son who went into partnership with his brother John. Alas this was to last only six months as John died. Their short-lived mark is keenly sought and fought for by collectors. But as in the Binley situation John’s widow stepped in and the Peter/Ann partnership was formed.


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Port label with a pre-sale estimate of £100-£150.

Mountain label which is guided at £150-£200.

 

Martyn Venner

A Slab of Christmas Cake

December 2014

Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt takes a look at the agreeable change in stamp duty brought about in the Autumn Statement.

Few people like taxation. Most understand that we have to have taxes. But when they are as unfair as our stamp duty was then taxation seems to be doubly disagreeable.

In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor, George Osbourne, at a stroke righted many wrongs concerning stamp duty - and perhaps put a serious dent in the opposition's mansion tax plans at the same time.

This is too late for millions of buyers under the old system, but a wonderful Christmas present for thousands who are in the process of buying a property at the moment.  And it is a massive windfall for buyers next year and beyond.  A huge 98 per cent of home buyers will benefit from the Chancellor doing away with the slab system, where buyers would be charged the allotted percentage on the whole purchase price even if it was only £1 over the various thresholds. Now buyers will only be charged tax on a slice of the purchase price.

So great news for the many.  But not such good news for the few.  Those buying at higher levels - over £925,000 - will pay more for the privilege.

The old stamp duty was a bad tax - or rather it increasingly became a bad tax.  As property prices rose more and more people were dragged into the net.  Buying a home is expensive enough without the government of the day cashing in on what was seen to be a purely opportunistic raid on people's pockets. Good riddance to it.

What will the knock-on effect be - apart from home buyers having more money to help with a deposit or all those extra expenses connected to property purchase?  The new stamp duty rates will not raise the same concerns pundits and commentators had over Labour's proposed mansion tax which would have hit owners of expensive homes every year.  That really was threatening the value of their houses.  The new stamp duty does not seem so reckless in this respect. Nor will there have to be a mass re-evaluation of property for tax purposes.  At the lower end of the market it could add fresh impetus to what is generally seen as a cooling market. But any forecast in this respect should also take into account the negative effect any future interest rate increases may have on the market.

So good news for the market below £1,000,000 and even those in the upper sector should feel pleased that the threat of a mansion tax is perhaps a step further away now than it was on Wednesday. For  free market appraisal please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01278 425555.

Book sells for £31,500

Book is best seller at dramatic final sale

December 2014


A BOOK, which had languished in a garden summerhouse, sold for £31,500 at the last sale of the year at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom on Friday. (December 5)

The frayed volume had lain forgotten among a bunch of mouldy children’s annuals when it was spotted by Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s valuer Peter Rixon on a routine valuation.

Peter said: “It would have been easy to overlook or dismiss this, but by adopting a more thorough approach in both our initial appraisals and our subsequent marketing activities we give every item that we see the opportunity to shine.”

The copy of Thomas Malthus’ Essay On The Principle Of Population written in 1798 would not win any beauty contest, but it’s rarity proved compelling.

Malthus was at the forefront of the study of demography and was as influential – and controversial in his field as Adam Smith was in the realm of economics.

Two phone bidders, internet interest and a room bidder were all keen to possess the book.

Bidding started confidently, but soon the internet was run out of the race as the room bidder and a phone line from Germany fought for ownership.

A tense silence descended over The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, - broken only by the ever-escalating bids. Finally the definitive call of £31,500 from the room bidder clinched the deal.

It was a spectacular climax to a great year for auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt. The sale brought the curtain down on the final of four successful specialist collectors’ sales held throughout the year.

The next collectors’ sale will take place on Friday, March 6, 2015, while the first monthly sale is on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm. It might be worth checking your attic or shed for unexpected treasures.

To arrange a free, home visit please call the sale room on (01823) 332525.

"CAP IS" Coming!

"CAP IS" Coming!

December 2014

Many farmers and landowners will by now have received an invitation from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to register with the new online ‘CAP Information Service’ (CAPIS).

‘For many, applying and managing their subsidy claims online has been commonplace for several years, however for those who have thus far resisted, or been unable to access online systems, the new mandatory online system may represent a leap into the unknown,’ comments Graeme Biffen of Greenslade Taylor Hunt Professional Department.

Registration through to actually submitting a claim using the CAPIS, will be a 6 stage process, with the first few stages, including basic registration and identity verification, possible to do right away. It looks likely to be the beginning of next year before it will be possible to complete the further stages, which will include checking your land and entitlements, and passing the eligibility tests.

As with most online systems, the aim of CAPIS is to make the process easier for the user, though of course the proof will inevitably be in the pudding, and undoubtedly what is indeed easier for some, will leave others perplexed and concerned about the possibility of making errors due to unfamiliarity. Graeme notes, ‘over the past few years, the Single Payment has constituted a significant proportion of many farmers’ incomes, and so it is quite understandable for claimants to be determined to ensure that errors at this stage in the process do not jeopardise or delay their payments under the new replacement scheme.’

For those farmers who are concerned about online registration, or their own particular circumstances regarding eligibility or the requirements under the new Basic Payment Scheme, help is at hand. The RPA propose to offer an “assisted” online service, and many land agents also offer advice and assistance on all aspects of the CAPIS and Basic Payment Scheme.

For assistance with any matter relating to Basic Payment Scheme please contact either Graeme Biffen MRICS FAAV on (01884) 243000, email graeme.biffen@gth.net, or contact any member of the agricultural professional team at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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South West Winter Fair Champion Bullock at £3,700

South West Winter Fair Champion Bullock at £3,700

November 2014

A superb entry of 138 Prime Cattle for our 8th Annual South West Winter Fair at Sedgemoor was crowned by a homebred 14m Blue cross heifer from Mr SJ & Mrs JB Clatworthy.  The heifer, shown by Miss Meg Chilcott was awarded First Prize in Class 10, for the best heifer sired by a British Blue bull and went on to take the Overall Championship under Judge Mike Alford of Stillmans, Taunton.

There was a real buzz at sale time as the heifer went on to achieve £3,700.  The successful purchasers were The Butchers at Darts Farm Ltd, Topsham.  The price equated to 672.8ppk.  The Reserve Championship was won by Mr DE & Mrs SJ Cheacker of Pilning with a 17m homebred Limousin steer, which went on to sell at £1,800 (267.8ppk) to Puxton Park Butchers of Hewish.

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TB Orange Markets gain momentum at Sedgemoor

November 2014

Numbers are greatly increasing at our Orange Markets as vendors become confident of a good trade for their forward store cattle, barren cows and finished cattle.

The total head of stock at our last sale was 377 (comprising of 277 store cattle and 100 cows/finished cattle).  These large entries are in turn attracting buyers from across the country to ensure a competitive trade on par with open sales and at times even dearer.

Vendors who are in the unfortunate position of being under TB restriction can be reassured that they can continue to sell their stock at Sedgemoor and achieve the best possible price.

VVH Isa (VG88-3yr) her Shotglass heifer sells

Cracking Catalogue for Christmas Dairy Show

November 2014

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s annual Christmas Cracker Show and Sale concludes a year of monthly sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre.

The sale features a broad spectrum of dairy cattle from calves through to freshly calved cows and includes the dispersal of Henry Young’s homebred Holstein and Guernsey herd from Hampshire.

We thank all of our vendors and purchasers who have supported our sales throughout the year. We also thank our sponsors who have kindly donated £1800 prize money to the best cattle on offer.  The sponsorship includes £100 to the purchasers of both the highest priced cow and the highest priced heifer.

As usual in addition to the commercial cattle we have animals catalogued to get the breeding enthusiast excited and in this sale we have a couple of highlights to include:

•             Wiltor Krunch Cindy – April 2014 born heifer from the Chassity Family, Top genomic sire with a GPLI of £441, GTPI 2257 & GPTAT 2.71

•             Sahara Shotglass Isa – April 2014 born Heifer from the sister to Snowmaster and going back to the Deliia family, GPLI £439, GTPI 2291 & GPTAT 2.35

•             Shanael Artes Asset – She sells freshly calved she is from the same family as Canyon-Breeze Allen and many other bulls

•             Moorshard Artes Lila Z – She sells freshly calved from the heart of the Lila Z ‘s

•             Otter Marvel – She sells freshly calved and is sister to Ex92 cow still on the Summerhayes’ Farm

•             Holmead Lakota Rose – She sells freshly calved and is bred from 14 generations of VG and Excellent

There are a number of new consignors to the monthly sales including the Gold Cup Winning ‘Kingspool’ herd and Alan Gregory’s ‘Boxbrook’ Herd. We also have a number of large consignments from our regular vendors including 10 or more from Bettiscombe, Pinksmoor and Rookhaye.

A number of well-bred bulls are included from families such as Gypsy Grand, Lila Z, Lulu and Roxy and top bulls like Dakker, Numero Uno, Steady and Snowmaster.

A feature of the sale is Henry Young’s Dispersal Sale of 68 Holsteins Friesians and Guernseys, the cattle have never been pushed and are grazed on the south coast, these cows are highly recommended and the sale represents a last opportunity to acquire cattle from a genuine dispersal sale this year.

The youngstock section starts the sale at 11am with Geoffrey Ash’s Pinksmoor heifer calves, After the dispersal sale we have 30 incalf heifers from Cole Farming Ltd (Dispersal), Grangemore, Andy Neill Farm Services Ltd, Otter and AA Witcombe & Son. There are also 7 bulling heifers from Kathleen Hill’s Sampfordel herd.

A large amount of choice along with complimentary festive refreshments makes the Christmas Cracker Show and Sale an unmissable opportunity. We look forward to welcoming you to Sedgemoor.

Catalogues are available to view at www.gth.net. For further information please contact 01278 410250 or livestock@gth.net

GWR scale engineered model of locomotive

Ultimate gift for train fans

November 2014


THE star lot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist collectors’ sale on Friday, December 5, could well be a Great Western Railway 7 and ¼ gauge 0-4-2 tank locomotive.

The scale engineered model has a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£2,500 and would no doubt delight many a lad waking up to find it in his stocking on Christmas morning.

This and the other lots in the sale will be on view at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Saturday (November 29) and are now on line at www.gth.net

There is an interesting and comprehensive range of books in a specialist section including a number of botanical volumes consigned from a private collection. Many of these include appealing, coloured plate illustrations.

Scott’s Last Expedition chronicling the explorer’s ill-fated final trek to the South Pole is also included in the sale. The book published in 1913, a year after Scott’s death, includes illustrations based on Herbert Ponting’s iconic photographs of the mission. This first edition has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

A limited edition copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales illustrated and signed by Edmund Dulac is also included. This is guided at £150-£200.

A copy of Malthus’ Essay On The Principle Of Population written in 1798 is one of the most interesting lots in the sale. He was at the forefront of the study of demography and was as influential – and controversial in his field as Adam Smith was in the realm of economics. The book is estimated at £500-£600.

More modestly guided is Barber’s Picturesque Illustrations Of The Isle Of Wight. This attractive edition from the mid 19th Century includes steel engraved plates. It has a pre-sale estimate of £60-£80.

As well as the collectors’ sale the auctioneers are preparing for the regular monthly sale at the same venue on Thursday, December 4.

Both sales will be on view this Saturday, November 29, from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, December 2, and Wednesday, December 3, from 9am-5.30pm on both days.

Dates for next year’s sales are being finalised and sale goers will be able to pick up a 2015 calendar shortly.

For further details please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Trevor Chick

Trevor has plenty to be proud of

November 2014

SITE manager Trevor Chick of respected builders Tottle and Sons has plenty to be proud of.

He has just been awarded two accolades in the house building industry’s most prestigious award scheme.

The NHBC’s Pride in the Job initiative has been running for 35 years and recognises the UK’s best site managers. The scheme has been instrumental in driving up quality in new home building over that period and examines 37 key areas of site management activities.

At a glittering ceremony at the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare, Trevor was crowned the winner of the small builder category for the South West for his work at Tottle and Sons development at Greenways, Sellicks Green, Blagdon Hill, near Taunton.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is marketing this select development, of predominantly detached high quality homes.

Pride in the Job is the house-building industry's most prestigious awards programme.
Initially 15,000 site managers nationwide are considered for the award. In the South West the best 38 are judged and rigorous site visits take place to ensure the highest standards of safety and building excellence are maintained.

Trevor, who has been involved in the building trade for 40 years, will now go forward as a United Kingdom finalist to the supreme awards ceremony which will take place in a five star hotel in London in the New Year.

He said: “This is the first time I’ve been put forward for an award. I was elated to win the Seal of Excellence award.

“Then to go on and win the South West regional award was a great shock. There were a couple of hundred people there (at the awards ceremony) hoping for an award. It was really good.”

He puts his success down to the fact that Tottle and Sons are three generations of traditional builders who pride themselves in building high quality homes.

For details of the homes available at Greenways, Sellicks Green, please call Kathy Cobb, New Homes Co-ordinator at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01823) 277121.

 

Churchill Toby Jug

Churchill memorabilia at collectors' sale

November 2014

A VAST collection of Churchill memorabilia will be among the attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming collectors’ sale on Friday, December 4.

The specialist sale is the fourth in a series of stand-alone events devoted to all things collectable at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Built up over a lifetime the Churchill collection includes some limited edition ceramic and glass pieces.

A Paragon bone china cigar casket, produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the great statesman’s birth in 1974, will be among items going under the hammer. This limited edition piece has a pre-sale guide of £250-£300.

A porcelain figure by Michael Sutty of Churchill as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Hussars is guided at £100-£150.

There is also a wide selection of Churchill books on offer including a first edition of Malakand Field Force. This was the first non-fiction book written by Churchill and gives an insight into that conflict and how it shaped his views in future campaigns.

In addition there are a number of autographed Churchill items notably a signed letter from 1908 which has a pre-sale estimate of £400-£500.

There are many ceramic figures of Churchill depicting him in “pugnacious
Bull dog” mode including a Burleigh ware John Bull Churchill Toby jug. A quote is embossed on the base: “We shall defend every village, every town and every city.” This has a guide of £200-£250.

A good collection of childhood toys is also included in the sale. Amongst the highlights is a range of Matchbox models that were consigned to the sale after the vendor attended a valuation day at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Bridgwater residential office. A Matchbox military vehicle set in its original box has a pre-sale estimate of £100-£120.

The usual selection of postcards, railwayana, militaria and other collectables will also go under the hammer.

A Queen’s South Africa medal awarded to Private Davis of the Fifth Lancers will be among the auction lots. He was discharged from military service in 1901, but instead of embracing Civvy Street he joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Fascinating documents to be sold with the medal show that he appeared in the show as a horseman during 1902 and 1903. This and the medal are estimated at £100-£150.


Entries for this sale are now closed, but the auctioneers are accepting items for the next collectors’ event which will take place in spring 2015.

The customary monthly antiques sale takes place on Thursday, December 4. For further information about the sales please ring (01823) 332525.

In addition a free antiques valuation session will take place at the Bridgwater residential office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater, on Monday, December 8.

Stuart Triggol, saleroom manager, will host the event, which will run between 2pm and 4pm. He will be available to assess all types of antiques plus specialist sporting items.

 

 

A Record Breaking November Entry of Store Cattle At Sedgemoor

A Record Breaking November Entry of Store Cattle At Sedgemoor

November 2014

For the first time since Sedgemoor Market opened in January 2008 we have had a huge November entry of over 1000 store cattle at 1029 head.  This was part of a massive total entry of 1440 store cattle, stirks and sucklers.  Incredibly trade was dearer, with purchasers from across the country keen to source stock.  A top price of £1295 was achieved for a 25m Blue heifer from Mr J Cranton of Steeple.  Our grateful thanks go to all vendors for this fantastic entry.

Three stone Tiffany & Co diamond ring £1,750

Fantastic furniture prices at sale

November 2014

Stylish furniture of all eras proved popular with buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Saturday. (November 8)

Top price belonged to a Chinese rosewood altar table. This sold for £2,600.

A late Regency walnut sofa table, which graced the front of the sales catalogue, also achieved an excellent price. It went for £1,700.

Other notable prices in the furniture section included a George III mahogany rectangular serving table which sold for £900 and an early 18th Century walnut chest on stand that achieved £800.

An Arts and Crafts oak hall stand fetched £350, while a Victorian upholstered armchair achieved a similar sum.

The irresistible allure of Tiffany & Co saw a three stone diamond ring bewitch in the jewellery section and sell for £1,750 – the top price amongst the jewellery.

A Rolex Precision watch went for £650, while an unusual novelty timepiece in the form of a Victorian bangle made £400.

The same bid was enough to secure a 9ct gold movado purse watch from the 1920s and £650 proved the successful bid for an 18ct gold open faced pocket watch from 1852.

In the painting section an early 19th Century British School oil painting of a river gorge sold for £900.

A late 19th Century Chinese Yixing teapot caused a stir as bids climbed and the gavel came down at a satisfying £850.

An attractive 19th Century Chinese charger depicting peacocks and songbirds went for £450.

In the silver section the leading price belonged to a table service of matched silver Hanovarian rat-tail flatware which went for £600.

There was an excellent range of ceramics and glass. Prices of note included £550 for a 19th Century French cabaret tea service which sold for £550 and £450 for an extensive Wedgwood “Osborne” pattern dinner service.

The next sale is set for Thursday, December 4. It will be followed on Friday, December 5, by the final quarterly collectors’ sale of the year.

Items for both sales are now being accepted. Please contact the sale room on (01823) 332525 for full details.

Flagship Dorchester team

New appointment strengthens flagship Dorset office

November 2014

AGRICULTURAL surveyor William Wallis MRICS has just joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s flagship Dorset office.

His appointment strengthens the existing team led by Office Manager and Associate Partner of Agriculture Sally Mitchell MRICS and Residential Manager Paul Chivers.

The experienced and knowledgeable pair have led the thriving branch at Westgate House, 45 High West Street, Dorchester, for around five years. William’s appointment will allow the firm to bolster its expertise in Dorset and meet rising client demand particularly for professional agricultural services and estate management.

Sally said: “Business is really good. Will’s appointment will allow the department to grow and offer an even broader service to the Dorset rural community.”

Will has spent the past two years in the firm’s agricultural agency and professional team based at Yeovil where he has gained a deep understanding of the challenges facing farmers today. More recently, to provide and maintain a professional and high level of expertise, he has become a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt said: “Greenslade Taylor Hunt and RB Taylor & Sons merged some 16 years ago - as a result, we at Greenslade Taylor Hunt have tremendous links in the county of Dorset and further East. Our commitment to serve that area with top flight professionals from our already established flagship office in Dorchester, is further evident by the appointment of Will Wallis in this senior role. By bringing new expertise in to the office, we believe that existing services provided will be considerably enhanced.

“William’s background, knowledge of the area and his training in the South West over the last 10 years, makes him the ideal candidate to push our business forward along with Sally Mitchell, who has run the office in Dorchester for the past five years.”

William is involved in a range of agricultural and rural professional work on behalf of farmers and landowners.

Typical day to day work includes valuations, planning applications, compensation claims, stewardship schemes, grant applications and land agency.

“Variety is part of the attraction. Every day is different,” he said.

William is also heavily involved in the single farm payment scheme. This EU subsidy is being replaced by the basic payment scheme next year and many farmers are unsure how this will affect them, he is well placed to help them through the maze of regulation and online applications involved.

He has been very much involved in the home farm near Dorchester and over the years has helped with the diversification of the holding with running of a caravan park, storage units and growing and selling of Christmas trees.

William a qualified chartered surveyor and auctioneer, joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt two years ago. He has been working with Justin Lowe MRICS, partner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, based at their Yeovil office dealing with the sale and purchase of agricultural and rural property throughout Dorset and South Somerset and undertaking professional work for their expanding client base.

He can be contacted at the Dorchester office, Westgate House, 45 High West Street, Dorchester, telephone (01305) 268786 or william.wallis@gth.net

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Winning team from left Paul Chivers, residential manager at the Dorchester office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, William Wallis, agricultural surveyor and Sally Mitchell, Associate Partner of Agriculture at the Dorchester office.

Tiffany Diamond Ring

All set for successful sale

November 2014

Viewing gets underway for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s eagerly anticipated monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Saturday. (November 8).


More than 600 lots will go under the hammer including a classy and varied selection of diamond set and other jewellery.

 

Why bother with the hassle of overheated shopping malls when you could pick up a unique piece of jewellery to delight even the hardest to please gift recipient at Saturday’s sale?

 

Fine examples from Tiffany & Co lead the charge. A three stone diamond ring, guided at £1500-£1800, would be top of any woman’s Christmas list, while a similarly appealing diamond half hoop ring also by Tiffany & Co is guided at £1,000-£1,400.

 

Gentlemen are not neglected either. An Omega Seamaster Professional circa 2002 would be the perfect gift for that difficult to buy for chap. This has a guide price of £1,000-£1,400.

 

A nine carat gold Movado purse watch is also featured along with an 18ct gold open faced pocket watch by Rossiter, Bridgwater, which has a pre-sale estimate of £400-£500.

 

The silver section looks strong again with an Art Deco four-piece tea service one of the highlights. This has a guide of £350-£450. Also featured will be a table service of matched Hanovarian rat tail flatware that is guided at £400-£500.

 

Ceramics are well represented. There is a range of collectable Moorcroft pieces and a selection of birds by Karl Ens – another favourite with collectors.

 

The artwork of Harry Frier is always prized in the saleroom. This time two of his works will be on offer. One watercolour features a thatched cottage at Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton. The other, a monochrome pen and wash, is signed and dated 1894 and portrays a girl feeding a pig at Bathpool, near Taunton.

 

The sale is on view today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) from 9am-5pm. The sale commences at 10am on Saturday with the jewellery section. It will also be on view on Saturday prior to the sale from 8.30am.

The first Pedigree Beef Calf Show to be held at Sedgemoor heralded a tremendous success

The first Pedigree Beef Calf Show to be held at Sedgemoor heralded a tremendous success

October 2014

With over 100 calves entered and numerous competitors from across the South West the atmosphere was electric at our first ever calf show.  Please see full report attached.

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Russell Flint reclining nude

Private collection among sale highlights

October 2014

AN EXTENSIVE range of works by well regarded watercolourist Sir William Russell Flint will be among the attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s November antiques auction.

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Chinese porcelain

Auction features "sunken treasure"

October 2014

A CACHE of Chinese porcelain from the 1800s will be included in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next monthly sale on Saturday, November 8.

The haul from the Tek Sing or True Star was first discovered on the seabed, off Jakarta in 1999, nearly 200 years after the doomed vessel sank.

The three masted Chinese ocean going junk had set off from Amoy, now Xiamen in China, bound for Batavia in the East Indies with 1600 immigrants on board plus the porcelain.

The captain took an uncharted route across the Gaspar Strait on February 6,1822, and the ship sank with the loss of all souls.

The ship remained lost until 1999 when a salvage vessel came across the wreck after a painstaking search.

Now a selection of the porcelain will go under the hammer at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. Divided into a series of lots the china offers a special slice of Chinese history.

In addition there is a good selection of furniture in the sale including an early 18th century feather banded chest on stand, an early 18th century bureau bookcase and a late Regency sofa table. All three pieces are made of walnut.

A fine selection of jewellery and silver will also be offered along with a number of paintings.

If you have items you would like to consign to the sale please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

In a break with tradition the sale will take place on Saturday rather than the customary first Thursday of the month.

The sale will be on view on Saturday, November 1, 9am-12.30pm, and on Thursday, November 6, and Friday, November 7, 9am-5pm. The sale will commence at 10am.

Weekly valuation mornings are held at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Mondays, 9am-1pm.

In addition sessions are also taking place on a monthly basis at the Bridgwater residential office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater.

Auctioneer and valuer Peter Rixon will host the first session, which will take place on Monday, November 10, from 2pm-4pm.


He is the author of the well-regarded Miller’s guide to Collecting Die cast Vehicles – an informed and in-depth publication which is the “go to” book for a wide range of collectors.

The specialist valuation afternoon in Bridgwater will focus on toys and collectables as well as general antiques.

Another session will take place at the Bridgwater office on Monday, December 8, when sporting goods and general antiques will be appraised.

For further information please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

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CHINESE porcelain salvaged from an ocean going junk which sank off Jakarta in 1822.

A CLARICE Cliff “Fragrance” pattern bowl which will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on Saturday, November 8.

 

An Impressive 80% Clearance at the Autumn Shetland Pony Sale at Sedgemoor

An Impressive 80% Clearance at the Autumn Shetland Pony Sale at Sedgemoor

October 2014

A substantial entry of 85 head for the October Shetland, Spotted, Quantock and Collective Horse & Pony Sales at Sedgemoor drew purchasers from across the Country and as far afield as Scotland.  A decent trade ensued with an 80% clearance. 

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Westcott Farm, Brompton Ralph

Westcott Farm, Brompton Ralph

October 2014

A beautifully situated residential/stock farm occupying a sheltered situation within traditional countryside in the Brendon Hills and close to Exmoor National Park - In all about 163 acres.

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Stowey Court, Nether Stowey

Stowey Court, Nether Stowey

October 2014

We have pleasure in bringing this substantial country house affording well presented and extensive living accommodation to the market this autumn.  Set within gardens and grounds of about 8 acres to include three cottages, gives a potential purchaser a wide variety of residential, leisure or commercial opportunities.  

 

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Harry Frier Watercolour

Picture perfect at Greenslade Taylor Hunt

October 2014

There was plenty to delight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, October 2.

 

All styles of pictures proved popular with buyers at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and commanded good prices.

 

Of particular note was a pencil and watercolour by Octavius Oakley entitled Out of School which achieved £1,300.

 

A phone bidder secured a bucolic scene by William Henry Mander of an old bridge near Bettws-y-Coed for £1,000.

 

Another Welsh inspired picture – a limited edition screen print of Caernarvon Castle-by John Piper also scored highly making £950.

 

An on line bid of £600 was successful for a watercolour of Lavey, Switzerland, by British artist Samuel Prout.

 

Top spot belonged to a dazzling diamond single stone ring. This appealing gem, weighing around 1.96cts went for a suitably stratospheric £3,500.

 

Jewellery of all descriptions and price points proved irresistible to buyers in the room, on line and on the telephone. A smart pair of garnet drop ear rings were claimed by a phone bidder with £420, while a room bid of £600 took an 18ct gold bracelet with diamond cut decoration. Another 18ct gold bracelet saw bids climb to £850.

 

Also in the jewellery section an attractive Continental, black enamel chatelaine watch went for £420 – again to a room bid. A late Victorian diamond and pearl flower head brooch made £380.

 

A collection of Waterford Crystal glasses went for a sparkling £600, while a Chinese blue and white porcelain bowl went for £350 despite a chip to the rim.

 

A Victorian wall clock in an inlaid walnut case fetched £420.

 

A trio of Lladro Christmas themed figures including a Christmas tree and Father Christmas went for a festive £220.

 

The firm will be holding the second of a series of monthly sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, on Thursday, October 23.

 

The sale starts at 11am and will include antiques, modern furniture and effects, plus house clearances.

 

Goods will be accepted the day prior, 9am-4pm. Please call 01823 332525 for further information.

Hardy Bros Reel

Spectacular price for coachman’s collection

October 2014

A unique piece of sporting memorabilia took top spot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist Autumn Sporting Sale.

 

A coachman’s outfit and accessories commanded the premier price of the day and was purchased by a private collector for £7,000.

 

The scarlet tailcoat and accessories belonged to Henry Love, the last coachman on the Lord Mayor’s Coach as a guard. He also appeared at many of the international horse shows before his retirement in the 1950s.

 

Buyers from across the country were attracted to the dedicated biannual sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, with bidders in person, on the phone and on line to tussle for the 600 lots offered.

 

There was a comprehensive picture section to appeal to all tastes and pockets. A colour print after “Snaffles” of a pair of heavy horses ploughing entitled “Enjoyin yerselves, aren’t yer?” was secured by a room bidder for £1,200. Another room bid secured a colour print after Gilbert Holiday of a communication trench for £700.

 

A magnificent range of bronzes were offered in the sale and sold for suitably hefty prices. A dynamic Belinda Sillars bronze group of a greyhound coursing a hare sold for £500. This beautiful piece was number two of a limited run of just six. Another racing greyhound went for £400.

 

There was an extensive range of taxidermy featuring all types of animals from foxes to a lobster. An imposing griffin vulture took top spot with a hammer price of £750, while the lobster went for £160. A pangolin – a scaly anteater- fetched £420.

 

A Hardy Bros Angler’s Guide from 1913 with a quantity of catalogues and ephemera fetched £550.

 

In the reels section a Hardy Bros”The Perfect” 3 ½ inch fishing reel in its original box, but in used condition mad £380, while another Hardy reel – “The St George” in a similar condition fetched £200.

 

Just behind this was a Hardy Bros”The St John” 3 7/8 reel which went for £190. Two sets of fishing accessories also achieved good prices of £120and £100 respectively.

 

A ladies hunting whip with horn grip went for £110, while a gent’s one went for £130. A couple of hunting horns each achieved £110.

 

An Army and Navy leather hunting canteen containing sandwich case and glass flask made £110, while one by Swaine and Adeney fetched £100.

 

Preparations are already in hand for the Spring Sporting Sale, which will be held in the Spring of 2015.

 

The next event at The Octagon Salerooms will be the November monthly sale. This will take place on Saturday, November 8, from 10am.

 

Entries are currently being accepted for the sale. Please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525 for further details.

Top prices of over £1,000 achieved in all three cull sections at Sedgemoor on Tuesday 14th October!

Top prices of over £1,000 achieved in all three cull sections at Sedgemoor on Tuesday 14th October!

October 2014

A large Barren Cow entry of 178 head met a dearer trade to a top of over £1,000 in three different sections!

Over £1,000 was achieved across the board for suckler cows, dairy cows and bulls in the Barren Cow ring on Tuesday 14th October 2014 as follows:-

  • Suckler cows to £1038.24 for Messrs FR & DJ Butt of Honiton
  • Dairy cows to £1010.63 for Messrs R & J Jones of Stogursey
  • Bulls to £1087.43 for Messrs CE & BD Bailey of West Chinnock

A very pleasing result and many thanks to all barren cow vendors for a good show of cows.

Bekki Randle

Another member of staff has successfully passed Residential Lettings NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award

October 2014

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is delighted to announce that another member of staff has successfully passed an NFoPP Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Lettings and Property Management. This well-respected Award is not only a nationally-recognised industry qualification but is also accepted for membership of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) which is a professional, self-regulating body specialising in raising and maintaining practice standards in the UK private rental sector.

Bekki Randle, who started her career as Lettings Administrator in our Bridgwater office, has been working in our Taunton office for the last year and is proving to be a valuable and highly regarded member of staff.  Her commitment to being able to offer excellent customer service has been shown through the dedication and short period of time that it has taken her to study and pass this exam.

Sonia Matthews FARLA, Associate who works alongside Bekki in the Taunton office said; ‘We could not be more proud of Bekki’s achievement. We strongly believe Taunton Landlords and tenants will vote with their feet in support of any agency that is staffed by hard-working property professionals of intelligence and integrity, such as Bekki.’

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is amongst the steadily growing number of Agents across the UK who are working with ARLA and the NFoPP Awarding Body to become qualified and raise standards within their field.

David Cox, ARLA Managing Director states; ‘I heartily congratulate Bekki Randle on her achievement and am pleased to welcome her to ARLA membership. In an industry where standards can vary greatly between member and non-member agents and agencies, obtaining this Level 3 Technical Award represents not only Bekki’s dedication to developing as an Agent but also her commitment to working to the high industry standards which ARLA seeks to promote. Bekki now holds a qualification which is well respected and valid with the Residential Lettings sector.’

RBST Sale Proves to be a Tremendous Success

RBST Sale Proves to be a Tremendous Success

September 2014

There was a lovely atmosphere at the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Show & Sale last Thursday at Sedgemoor.  The market was buzzing as the sale proved extremely popular once again and had many different facets including sheep, pigs, goats, poultry, ponies, llamas and alpacas.  We were also proud to welcome for the first time the National Shetland Sheep Show & Sale, which attracted vendors and purchasers from across the length and breadth of the UK.  A very enjoyable day was had by all and we are very much looking forward to hosting the 2015 event.

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RJV Getting Wet!

Ice Bucket Challenge Raises £300

September 2014

On Saturday 20th September Rob Venner and Becky Hurd completed their Ice Bucket Challenges at Sedgemoor.  These not only involved buckets of iced water being poured over their heads but also a volume wash hose for extra entertainment value!  Please click on the link below to see the whole spectacle.  £150 was kindly donated by our customers for Macmillan Cancer Support.  This was promptly matched by Greenslade Taylor Hunt, bringing the total to £300 for this very worthy cause.  If you would like to make a donation please text ICE to 70550 to give £3 to Macmillan.

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Cecil Aldin - The Glad Eye

Unique finds at specialist sporting event

September 2014

More than 600 lots are lined up for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s much anticipated Autumn West Country Sporting Sale that takes place on Friday, October 3, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol, said: “The stand-alone sale is a major fixture in the auctioneers’ calendar and has drawn entries from as far afield as Oxfordshire, Wales and Scotland. Buyers and vendors alike are attracted by the specialist nature of the event dedicated to all things sporting.”

Among the highlights is a spectacular bronze group of a Peregrine Falcon with outstretched wings by sculptor James Alder (1920-2007)

A well regarded artist and sculptor he painted the Queen and Queen Mother. He was also a consultant sculptor with Royal Worcester. His dramatic Peregrine Falcon on a green marble base carries a pre-sale estimate of £600-£800.

A unique piece of history will also go under the hammer - a striking coachman’s outfit and accessories that belonged to Harry Love, the last coachman on the Lord Mayor of London’s coach as a guard.

Before his retirement in the 1950s Harry appeared at many international horse shows. The lot includes a scarlet tail coat, initialed O.T. a check waistcoat, a coaching horn, copper and plated by Kolher & Son, 116 Victoria Street, Westminster with engraved plaque in a leather fitted case. Also included is a scrapbook containing photographs, newspaper cuttings and ephemera relating to Harry Love. Together with a leather money pouch with inset time piece, the brass plaque engraved “Old Times H. Love” with a carriage door key and related coaching works, pictures and more ephemera. This unique set has a pre-sale guide of £800-£1,000.

A tennis racquet signed by Rafael Nadal during the Wimbledon Championships of 2013 plus associated paperwork will also feature in the sale. It is guided at £100-£150.

A large and varied selection of taxidermy is certain to appeal to the enthusiastic collector. Examples include the exotic – an Eland head –the world’s largest and slowest antelope - to birds of prey, fox masks and stag heads.

There is a comprehensive range of sections encompassing sporting books to pictures, fishing items, silver and ceramics including a good selection of Beswick figures.

Viewing takes place on Saturday, September 27, from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1, from 9am-5pm.

The sale will also be on view on Friday, October 3, from 8.30am. The sale gets underway at 10am.

The Spring Sporting Sale will take place in early April 2015.

For more information please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.

Courtlands Industrial Estate

High yielding investment opportunity

September 2014

The chance to invest in an established industrial estate close to Taunton with excellent transports links is available through commercial specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

 

Courtland’s Industrial Estate, Norton Fitzwarren, is a long established estate with high occupancy levels and is conveniently placed for the A38, A358 and M5.

 

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a rare opportunity to acquire a high yielding low risk commercial investment with an opportunity to increase income that also benefits from future development potential. With no VAT payable on the purchase.”

 

The property extends to 3,972 acres (1,607 hectares) and includes a range of commercial units of various sizes. The site also includes two adjacent areas of open land extending to 0.917 acres that provide development potential. Offers in the region of £875,000 are invited for the freehold.

 

The rear of the site houses some of the older buildings that could be re-developed, subject to planning. However these premises, home to a variety of businesses, have high occupancy levels and to date the vendor has been happy with the income generated.

 

The immediate area around Norton Fitzwarren has benefited from an influx of commercial and residential development in recent years including the construction of 800 new homes at Langford Mead and Silk Meadows.

 

The resident population within a five-minute drive of Norton Fitzwarren is above the national average on a number of affluence indicators and with good transport links the Courtland’s Industrial Estate has a substantial catchment area.

 

For more information please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Commercial Department at 9 Hammet Street, Taunton, telephone (01823) 334455.

Elizabeth David Cook Book

Collectors’ sale wins stamp of approval

September 2014

Sensational prices and an impressive selling rate of 92 per cent confirmed the latest Greenslade Taylor Hunt dedicated Collectors’ Sale as the most successful of the year so far.

 

Demand was keen across the board for all conceivable types of collectables at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

 

Top spot belonged to a collection of stamps. These were split into multiple lots to maximise their potential and the strategy certainly paid off. They achieved £4,750.

 

There was a significant section of World War I items and these proved popular with bidders who had travelled from as far away as the Midlands and South Wales to attend the sale.

 

An excellent selection of crested china from the Great War was a particular draw. This was much in demand at the time and was used to boost morale on the Home Front. Its popularity endures and the large collection sold for just under £3,000.

 

Made in Staffordshire the pottery would encompass everything from battleships to artillery shells and would be adorned with a colourful crest – all designed to raise morale. In the sale an example of a munitions worker went for £200.

 

Military medals were also much sought after. A Great War group of five medals presented to Private W.A. Yeandle of the West Somerset Yeomanry – later the Somerset Light Infantry - made £900. A similar set of five medals from the First World I presented to a Company Sergeant Major with the South Staffordshire Regiment went for £800.

 

The market for magic lantern slides again proved buoyant with a collection making a total of £3,100.

 

Books commanded high prices too. An early edition of Pride And Prejudice sold for £600, while a copy of cookery trailblazer Elizabeth David’s French Country Cooking sold for a tasty £550. This sported a rare “better than Mrs Beeton” wrap around paper banner adding to its appeal.

 

Despite his slightly careworn appearance Ooloo the cat, a rare Chad Valley small soft toy punched above his weight and sold for a mighty £380. Dated from around 1930 the cat was designed by G.E. Studdy who was also responsible for the more familiar Bonzo the dog.

 

Model trains were well represented in the sale. A boxed Wrenn Railways Great Western Railway standard class tank locomotive achieved £220.

 

The next collectors’ sale takes place on Friday, December 5. Please contact Peter Rixon at the saleroom on (01823) 332525 if you have something suitable to consign.

Belinda Sillars Bronze

Wildlife bronze takes centre stage at Autumn Sporting Sale

August 2014

An exquisite bronze by renowned equestrian and wildlife sculptor Belinda Sillars is certain to be one of the star attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s well-regarded Autumn Sporting Sale.

 

Belinda Sillars is considered one of the leading equestrian and wildlife bronze sculptors worldwide and her work is highly collectable.

 

A rare bronze group of a greyhound coursing a hare – the second of only six castings produced by the sculptor - will feature in the autumn sale on Friday, October 3, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. It has a pre-sale estimate of £500-£600.

 

As well as bronzes there is a good range of taxidermy including fox masks, stags’ heads, hare masks and a tiger skin rug.

 

There is also a good assortment of Beswick horses and other animal figures as well as sporting books, prints, watercolours and oil paintings.

 

Entries are being accepted for this sale until Monday, September 8. Please contact Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol if you have something suitable to consign.

 

Meanwhile the auctioneers are gearing up for a busy time with two sales scheduled for next week. The customary monthly sale takes place on Thursday, September 4, while the third of the quarterly collectors’ sales occurs on Saturday, September 6. Both events start at 10am.

 

The sales will be on view this Saturday (August 30) from 9am-12.30pm and again on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2, and 3, from 9am-5pm.

 

In addition a new set of monthly general sales will take place at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton. The first one kicks off on Tuesday, September 23.

St Leonard's

Superb family home to let

August 2014

If you are looking for a fantastic family detached home in a large well maintained corner plot then Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton Lettings Department has the perfect property for you. St Leonards is reputed to date from around 1910.

 

Situated in Bushy Cross Lane, Ruishton, Taunton, the property is in excellent order and offers a good sized plot of just under 1/3 of an acre. The well-kept garden is just one of the property’s many attractions.

 

The spacious accommodation comprises reception hall, sitting room, dining room, store room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, bedroom five/study, conservatory, four further double bedrooms and two bathrooms.

 

The property has ample off road parking and a two bay car port. It also benefits from oil-fired central heating plus outside storage.

 

It is available at £1,500 per calendar month. For further details please contact Kelsey Lawrence at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Lettings office at 9 Hammet Street, Taunton, or phone 01823 337722.

Derek Biss, Chairman

New venue for general monthly sales

August 2014

Respected auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are re-introducing their popular general monthly sales at a new venue from next month.

 

High end antiques and collectable auctions are a regular fixture at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and the events are always extremely successful.

 

However there is a gap in the market for more run of the mill items – good value furniture and effects. To this end Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be running monthly general sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, beside the motorway at North Petherton. The modern venue is easy to access and there is plenty of parking on site.

 

Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Derek Biss, said: “GTH are very excited at the prospect of establishing regular monthly sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, resurrecting the history of sales that regularly took place at the Old Taunton Market.”

 

Auctioneer and valuer Peter Rixon said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a broader service for buyers and sellers, and will be building the new sales around the principles of choice and affordability.”

 

Items of antique and modern furniture plus effects will all go under the hammer. Goods will be accepted the day prior to auction, from 9am-4pm, and the sales will take place from 11am.

 

The first sale takes place on Tuesday, September 23, and others will follow on Thursday, October 23, and Thursday, November 20.

 

Entries are now being invited. Please contact the auctioneers on (01278) 410250 or (01823) 332525 for further information.

West Yeo Farm

Superb Organic Residential Holding enjoying an idyllic rural setting

August 2014

The South Molton office of agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to announce the recent sale of West Yeo Farm, Witheridge, near Tiverton, which was being marketed with a Guide Price of £1.395M.

The vendors, who are retiring to the South Devon coast, had transformed the property with an extensive programme of renovations to put the buildings and land back to the layout shown on the 19th Century map of the farm.

They had also undertaken conversion to full organic status, garnering four consecutive awards from Devon Wildlife Trust and achieving runner-up position in the national RSPB Nature in Farming Awards.

The idyllic setting is both private yet also accessible. In total the holding extends to about 73.63 acres (29.80 hectares) with traditional orchards and river meadows with frontage to the Little Dart River, as well as productive organic status arable and pasture land.

The four-bedroom farmhouse is elegant and enjoys well-proportioned Georgian style features. The property has been sympathetically updated, but still retains much period character including high plaster ceilings, large sash windows with original shutters and marble fireplaces.  Additionally there is a former cider house adjoining the property with potential to create further accommodation subject to any necessary planning consents.

If you are considering selling or are looking to buy a similar property please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s South Molton office on 01769 574500 or the Tiverton branch on 01884 243000.

Oak Settle

Don’t settle for less!

August 2014

A distinctive early 20th Century oak settle tied for top spot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale in Taunton last week.

 

In the Art Nouveau style the piece was inlaid with tulips and featured panels of figures in Dutch costume and with windmills in landscape settings. Bidding culminated in a claim of £1,100.

 

A beautiful three stone diamond ring, which featured on the front of the auction catalogue achieved a similar starry £1,100.

 

The smart ring was secured by a room bidder with a call of £1,100 at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday. (August 7)

 

Also in the jewellery section a 9ct gold bracelet with charms attached plus another bracelet with four charms went for £500, while an 18ct gold open-faced pocket watch that had generated a lot of pre-sale interest went for £380.

 

An atmospheric rendering of a Cornish sunset – Longrock beach towards Penzance by Michael J. Strang went for £600, while an appealing 19th century oil portrait of a young lady with a spaniel made £300.

 

A silver cigarette case presented to Jazz great Louis Armstrong went for £350, while a Victorian silver mug went for £320.

 

The monthly sale featured a particularly eclectic mix of lots. In the silver section an early 17th century metal bodkin was secured by an on line bidder for £220, while a pair of lurid pink Victorian glass vases set the internet abuzz and went for £200.

 

In the Oriental section a Chinese blue and white charger went for £450 and three Japanese bronze bells made £210.

 

A selection of books with an agricultural theme – Coates’s herd book containing the pedigrees of improved short-horned cows and their produce 1847-84 went for an impressive £350.

 

A cased set of commemorative ingots to mark the centenary of Winston Churchill’s birth made £300.

 

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, September 4, while a specialist collectors’ sale takes place on Saturday, September 6. This sale will feature a special section of World War I memorabilia. For further details please contact Peter Rixon at The Octagon Salerooms, on (01823) 332525.

St Petroc

Be king or queen of your own castle

August 2014

A superb opportunity to live in your very own fairytale castle is on offer with Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s South Molton office.

The unique St Petroc, at Charles, Brayford, near South Molton, North Devon, features an impressive castellated design and dates from around 1825.  It is on the market at a guide price of £595,000. 

The property, which is not listed, has been extensively and sympathetically renovated in recent years to create a desirable family home.

Richard Webber, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s South Molton branch, said: “This is a unique opportunity to acquire an unusual and imposing country residence set in wonderful large gardens.”

The property ticks many boxes for potential purchasers. It has an attractive large kitchen/breakfast room that enjoys a triple aspect and features an extensive range of bespoke solid pine units with granite worktops. The house offers excellent family accommodation with four good sized double bedrooms.

Delightful features of the property are the two roof terraces that lead off from the master bedroom.  From the terraces there are superb views over the gardens, grounds and countryside beyond.

The property is set in a manageable 1.39 acres, enjoying a rural position and benefiting from exceptional privacy and seclusion in a pretty area of North Devon close to the Exmoor National Park.  Yet St Petroc is only six miles from the facilities of bustling South Molton and only eight and a half miles from busy Barnstaple.

For more details and to arrange a viewing please contact the South Molton office on 01769 574500.

Cigarette Case

Jazz great’s memento at monthly sale

August 2014

A silver cigarette case given to Jazz giant Louis Armstrong is among items going under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antique sale on Thursday, August 7.

 

The case by renowned makers Garrad is inscribed “Louis With Our Thanks” and was presented to ‘Satchmo’ by vocal contractor Leslie Morris and musical director Julian Bratolyubov. It is expected to fetch between £200-£300.

 

Another attractive silver object is a Victorian christening mug. This features a boy beside a boating lake. It was made by Riley and Storer, London, 1851, to mark the Great Exhibition of that year and includes an engraving of the Crystal Palace, which was constructed to house the event. It has a pre-sale guide of £200-£300.

 

The monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, also sees the usual selection of Georgian and Victorian furniture, including dining tables, sets of chairs, sideboards and chests of drawers. There are also a couple of pine dressers, one thought to be of Irish origin. Both have plate racks over.

 

Of interest to collectors is a charming Georgian burr yew wood tea caddy. This attractive piece has a guide of £150-£180.

 

A large 19th century portrait of a young lady with a spaniel is one of the appealing entries among the mix of oils, watercolours and prints on offer.

 

A delightful representation of the mouth of the River Dart and Dartmouth Castle by the artist Ernest Knight is another winning entry.

 

Carriage clocks, including two repeating examples will also be included along with a selection of ever-popular Moorcroft pottery.

 

In addition there is a selection of carpets and rugs.

 

The sale is on view on Saturday, August 2 from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, August 5, and Wednesday, August 6, from 9am-5pm. The sale takes place from 10am on Thursday, August 7.

 

Catalogues will be available on line and direct from The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

 

Bidders can opt to bid in person, online or by phone. All bidders must be registered prior to the sale.

 

For more information please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525.

 

PIC CAPS:

 

SILVER cigarette case presented to Jazz great Louis Armstrong.

 

SILVER christening mug.

 

NINETEENTH century portrait of a young lady with a spaniel.

 

THE mouth of the River Dart and Dartmouth Castle by Ernest Knight.

 

GEORGIAN burr yew wood tea caddy.

Silver hunting horn (detail)

Countdown to eagerly anticipated West Country Sporting Sale

July 2014

Connoisseurs from around the country are expected to converge on Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom for the biannual West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, October 3.

The well-established and well-regarded sale is considered a “must attend” fixture for those interested in all things sporting.

The specialist event will feature a vast array of lots encompassing a diverse selection of field sports, team sports and sporting art.

Fliers detailing the comprehensive selection of items that will be offered at this preeminent showcase of country pursuits are now available from The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Entries for the sale are being accepted until Monday, September 8. The auctioneers are particularly keen to hear from vendors with fishing rods, reels and accessories.

Potential vendors are encouraged to bring along suitable items to the free Monday valuation mornings held at the saleroom from 9am each week. Sessions are held without obligation and there is plenty of free parking on site.

In addition home visits can be organised for larger collectors. Please contact Stuart Triggol, Saleroom Manager, to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Highlights from the last sporting sale, which took place in April, included a charming portrait of an appealing West Highland Terrier. “Pricie” lived up to his name and made a creditable £450. A similar sum was achieved for a Victorian silver presentation hunting horn.

Taxidermy continues to prove popular with collectors and an extensive selection will be on offer at the October sale.

Works by principal artists will include hunting and sporting prints by Lionel Edwards, Cecil Aldin and Snaffles. Watercolours and oils will also be available.

October’s sale will get underway at 10am on October 3. It will be on view on Saturday, September 27, from 9am-12.30pm, and Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1, from 9am-5pm. Viewing will also take place from 8.30am on the morning of the sale.

For further details on the West Country Sporting Sale contact the Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol on 01823 332525.

Holcombe Farmhouse

Roaring trade at inaugural auction

July 2014

There was standing room only as 100 people packed into the Swan Hotel, Wells, to see four lots go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first collective sale in the town.

Star lot was Holcombe Farmhouse set in an idyllic location at Doulting, Shepton Mallet, sat in just over two acres. Four eager bidders pushed the bidding way past the guide, eventually being knocked down at £452,000.

Orchard House at Westfield Lane, Draycott,  also had similar competition selling at £280,000 – comfortably above the guide price. This property, in need of complete renovation, had come to the market for the first time in more than 60 years.

Land at Godney Road, Glastonbury, with planning permission for a commercial building sold immediately after the auction. 

This was the eighth collective sale run by the well-regarded auctioneers this year and shows once again the appeal for buyers and vendors of the sale room.

Jeremy Bell, Partner and auctioneer, said: “Disappointed buyers still looking for properties are keen to proceed – vendors with land and properties most often obtain premium prices selling by auction and also have the benefit of certainty of contract.”

Please contact Simon Havens, Partner at the Wells office, 74 High Street, for advice on marketing or phone him on (01749) 605605.

Martyn Venner

The Property Market: Mid-Term Report

July 2014

As we enter the second half of 2014 Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt takes stock of the property market. 

We are midway through the property year and while the market seems to have steadied, once again property is clearly big news. The headlines in our press and often the lead items on television and radio news are the housing market and what it's doing or going to do. 

It is frustrating that so often journalists' comments refer to a market which does not really exist at all but rather is a homogenous mix of markets in the north, the south, the east and west - and that other country which is central London. In fact the property market is really made up of thousands of micro-markets. 

Also alarming statements about housing bubbles do not help much. Now the Chancellor, George Osborne, and Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, have prepared measures designed to halt a headlong dive into another housing crisis. 

But the increasing feeling of those who handle the property market every day for a living – estate agents - is that things might have already steadied themselves. Harsher mortgage lending criteria - that have already slowed the numbers of loans; prices - for many - reaching the top of their affordability range, and the sated pool of pent-up first and second time buyer demand all add to a dampening effect. Further up the market activity in higher price ranges can reflect uncertainty about future government taxation policies. This may grow as we approach the next general election. So these new Bank of England measures can be seen as a sensible precaution against future excesses rather than shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. 

Yes, we need more housing with the release of more Brownfield sites. We need to relax some planning bureaucracy and foster responsible lending – and borrowing. A more enlightened approach to bringing life to our high streets through a greater residential element may help also. All this will assist us in steering away from more boom and bust. 

There will be new challenges such as interest rates gradually increasing in a sensitively controlled way. But there is no reason why a small mortgage rate increase will harm the market in the short or medium term. In general - and taking central London out of the equation - we believe that the second part of the year will be much the same as the first - a balanced market with some really great opportunities for both buyers and sellers.

For a free no obligation market appraisal please contact either Martyn Venner or Ann Cragg on 01278 425555. 

Remedies, Taunton

Former bars provide a plethora of possibilities

July 2014

Two prominent town centre premises present a range of opportunities for would-be owners or tenants.

Commercial property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt are marketing the former Remedies premises in Bridgwater and Taunton.

Both sites benefit from planning consent as bars and clubs, while the Taunton property also has a flat upstairs.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “They would be equally suitable as restaurants, for retail, office and a number of other commercial uses.

“The Bridgwater premises are also suitable for reconfiguration and possible re-development to provide flats.”

Sited in the High Street, Bridgwater, the premises, which are Grade II listed, are close to Angel Place Shopping Centre.

The accommodation extends to 7,305 sq ft plus roof terrace. It is available freehold at a guide price of £475,000 or to let via a new lease at £45,000 per annum.

The Taunton building, which is also Grade II listed, fronts bustling East Street and is suitable for a variety of alternative uses subject to the necessary consents.

The ground floor extends to 1,895 sq ft, while on the first floor there is a useful two- bedroom flat. This area extends to 1,260 sq ft.

It is available freehold at a guide price of £350,000 or via a new lease at £35,000 per annum.

Full details of both properties are available from Greenslade Taylor Hunt at 9 Hammet Street, Taunton, or phone 01823 334455.

Gatsby's Restaurant

Great chance to run a restaurant in high profile spot

July 2014

Two prominent town centre premises present a range of opportunities for would-be owners or tenants.

 

Commercial property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt are marketing the former Remedies premises in Bridgwater and Taunton.

Both sites benefit from planning consent as bars and clubs, while the Taunton property also has a flat upstairs.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “They would be equally suitable as restaurants, for retail, office and a number of other commercial uses.

“The Bridgwater premises are also suitable for reconfiguration and possible re-development to provide flats.”

Sited in the High Street, Bridgwater, the premises, which are Grade II listed, are close to Angel Place Shopping Centre.

The accommodation extends to 7,305 sq ft plus roof terrace. It is available freehold at a guide price of £475,000 or to let via a new lease at £45,000 per annum.

The Taunton building, which is also Grade II listed, fronts bustling East Street and is suitable for a variety of alternative uses subject to the necessary consents.

The ground floor extends to 1,895 sq ft, while on the first floor there is a useful two- bedroom flat. This area extends to 1,260 sq ft.

It is available freehold at a guide price of £350,000 or via a new lease at £35,000 per annum.

Full details of both properties are available from Greenslade Taylor Hunt at 9 Hammet Street, Taunton, or phone 01823 334455.

Carlton Crested China

Supreme sacrifice of First World generation

July 2014

A pair of First World War memorial plaques will be among poignant reminders of that terrible conflict which will feature in a specialist collectors’ sale in Taunton this autumn.

The memorials – or death pennies – as they came to be known were issued to the next of kin of all British servicemen and women who were killed as a result of the Great War. It is estimated that around 450 tonnes of bronze was used in the production of all the plaques.

Two examples issued to relatives of men who served with the Somerset Light Infantry will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Saturday, September 6, in a special section devoted to World War I memorabilia.

One, in its original folding cardboard case, was in memory of Private Howard Champion, of the 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry. He was just 19 when he was killed on June 9, 1916. He is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in Belgium. The cemetery contains 1,175 Commonwealth graves from the First World War.

Private Champion was the son of Henry and Margaret Champion who lived at Stoke St Gregory, near Taunton. He is remembered with 21 other fallen from the village on a memorial in St Gregory’s Church, Stoke St Gregory.

Other items of interest in this section are postcards and magic lantern slides. The unusual slides feature scenes of a group of Italians on the Western Front.

There is also an excellent selection of First World War crested china. This was popular at the time and was used to boost morale on the Home Front.

Made in Staffordshire the pottery would encompass everything from battleships to artillery shells and would be adorned with a regimental crest – all designed to raise morale. Some would seem a little “questionable” to modern tastes – a steamroller running over the Kaiser for instance. More palatable is a figure of a female munitions worker supporting the war effort. Prices will start at around £40 per lot.

Entries are being accepted for the sale. Please contact Peter Rixon at the saleroom on 01823 332525 if you have something suitable.

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday from 9am at the saleroom. There is plenty of free parking on site.

Pink diamond cluster ear studs

Plenty to delight at sale

July 2014

Antiques of all varieties proved irresistible to buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s July monthly sale.

The jewellery and picture sections both attracted strong prices across a range of items at the auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday (July 3).

Sharing top spot of the day were a pair of vast Cellini style bronze ewers, which sold for £3,000, and a cushion cut 1.5 ct diamond solitaire ring.

Not far behind were a fabulous pair of coloured diamond cluster ear studs which went for £2,500 to an internet bidder. The startling pair featured a central modified brilliant cut fancy pink purple diamond within two brilliant cut borders.

Another excellent ring – an 18ct gold, diamond single stone ring achieved £2,000. This dazzler included a 1.4ct diamond. Other highlights in the jewellery section included a graduated amber bead necklace, which made £600 and a late Victorian 18ct gold open face centre seconds chronograph, which also sold for £600.

Demand for silver continues undimmed and many lots achieved significant prices. Of note was a silver tea service and associated circular salver, which achieved £650.  An attractive Victorian silver card case was secured for £220 and a composite part service of George III/Victorian silver flatware made £450.

Works by Taunton-born artist Francis Edward Colthurst proved a draw with a couple of internet bidders tussling for ownership of a selection of sketches and studies which had been consigned to the sale from a private collection. The range of lots, which featured views of Spanish locations as well as life and figure works, fetched a total of £1,260.

Another pictorial highlight was a portrait of acclaimed actress Sarah Siddons by a follower of Thomas Gainsborough, which saw the gavel come down at £1,100.

Twenty woodblock views by Hiroshige II made an impressive £1,200, while a 20th century shop display cabinet went for £700.

Auction room favourite, Moorcroft, delivered once again with a number of pieces snapped up in the sale. Best price was a large pottery anemone pattern vase at £600.

A diverse collectors’ section saw a number of noteworthy prices. Chief among these was £500 for an early Bayko Number 6 Outfit. Bayko was one of the world’s earliest plastic toys to be marketed. Its name derives from Bakelite – one of the earliest plastics.

A rare early estate agency sign – W.J. Villar & Co of Hammet Street, Taunton, made a pleasing £280.

Items are already being accepted for the next sale which will take place on Thursday, August 7.

Each month a specialist collectors’ section forms part of the auction. In addition four dedicated collectors’ sales are held throughout the year. The next specialist event takes place on Saturday, September 6. It will feature a selection of World War I memorabilia. Please contact Peter Rixon at the salerooms on 01823 332525 if you have something suitable for this sale.

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday from 9am-1pm. No need to pre-book, simply turn up. There is plenty of parking on site.

Beaverbrook Business Park

"Beaver" away in the perfect working environment

July 2014

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is pleased to be offering Beaverbrook Business Centre, which is a delightful development of high quality office accommodation, situated in the pretty village of Cricket Malherbie, adjoining the parish church.

Robert Clark, head of commercial agency in Yeovil, says "Beaverbrook Business Centre was developed in 2012 by the conversion of 19th Century traditional hamstone and tile agricultural barns that has been tastefully and sympathetically upgraded to the highest standard to provide office accommodation for 21st Century needs.  The character accommodation, modern facilities and idyllic setting, make this the perfect working environment".

The centre, which benefits from excellent communications to the M3 and M5 being readily available via the A303 and A358 trunk roads at Ilminster, comprise the two storey Granary Building and the single storey Tie Stalls.  The Granary Building provides a mix of open plan and cellular offices at ground floor level and two office areas off the central stairwell at first floor level with kitchen and WC facilities on both floors.  The Tie Stalls provides two open plan office areas divided by an archway leading to the car park.

Robert Clark adds "Beaverbrook Business Centre has been developed to a high specification with a mix of central heating and air conditioning, full trunking for cabling purposes, a flexible layout design and extensive car parking.  The site benefits from good broadband speeds and has the potential to be occupied as a whole by a single company or could be divided to provide offices for up to 6 companies."

For further information: http://www.gth.net/commercial/ilminster/1/results/property/ilminster/yeo130875 or contact Robert Clark on 01935 423474.

Tom Mellor MRICS

Standing straw values drop in 2014 but still hit respectable levels

July 2014

A bumper entry of over 4,200 acres of standing straw were sold over two evenings at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Agricultural Department at Sedgemoor Auction Centre.

 

With supply being so great, not just in the locality but also further afield, the crop values were sure to decline.

 

Auctioneer Tom Mellor commented after the auctions: “Whilst we have seen a drop in standing straw values across the board, the prices that were achieved are certainly respectable.”

 

With average prices dropping to £60/acre for winter wheat and £70/acre for winter barley, it appears that purchasers were definitely getting value for money, however the proof of this statement will only come after the crops have been harvested in the coming months.


If any farmers are looking to see what the auction system can offer them next season they are welcome to contact Tom Mellor or the Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Agricultural Team to discuss matters. Tel: 01278

Emerald pearl & diamond brooch pendant

Make a date with diamonds

June 2014

A delectable assortment of quality jewellery will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next sale on Thursday, July 3.

 

There is an impressive range of first class diamond rings on offer so if you are considering “popping the question” or just want to show the woman in your life how much she means a visit to The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, is an absolute must.

 

Whether you are after a solitaire ring or a diamond and sapphire number there is certain to be a ring to fit your requirements.

 

In addition to the fantastic range of rings the jewellery section in general has much to commend it. Highlights include an unusual pair of pink diamond stud earrings and another pretty diamond stud set and exquisite pendants.

 

Away from jewellery there are plenty of other tempting items. Moorcroft is always popular and already there are more than 10 examples in the forthcoming sale. Leading the charge is an attractive large vase that has a pre-sale guide of £300-£500.

 

More prosaic is the scarce early 20th Century estate agents sign for W.J. Villar & Co, of 10 Hammet Street, Taunton. Showing just how times have changed the firm’s phone number was just two digits – 15, only the fifteenth phone number in the town. The sign has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

 

Paintings will feature in abundance and around 100 will be on offer including an interesting selection by Taunton-born artist Francis Colthurst.

 

A cast iron fern and blackberry pattern garden bench perfect for making the most of the sunshine is also offered for sale at a guide of £250-£350.

 

Viewing for the sale will take place on Saturday, June 28, from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 2, from 9am-5pm.

 

The sale commences at 10am with viewing prior to the sale from 8.30am.

 

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday morning at the salerooms along with regular sessions at branch offices. For more information please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.

High Street, Wellington

Bakery serves up a tasty investment proposition

June 2014

A rare opportunity to invest in a thriving business in the heart of Wellington is being offered through commercial specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

 

Commercial investments of this type are thin on the ground and there is expected to be plenty of interest in the proposition.

 

The unit in the centre of Wellington is occupied by retailer Warrens Bakery which has recently signed a new 10-year lease on the property and re-fitted the shop premises.

 

Established in 1860 the traditional bakery firm is the oldest Cornish Pasty producer in the world and has 50 stores across the Westcountry which it is in the process of re-branding and re-fitting.

 

The property at 13 High Street, Wellington, includes a large recently upgraded shop on the ground floor and office accommodation upstairs.

 

The first floor is let to solicitors Porter Dodson via a full repairing and insuring lease for a 20 -year term that expires in 2020.

 

Wellington is a bustling, town with a number of residential and commercial projects taking place which will see the town expand markedly.

 

Offers in the region of £285,000, subject to contract, are being invited.

 

For further information or to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Bodley Yard

Barn conversion and business in one

June 2014

The delightful prospect of a character home with separate business premises in a picturesque location presents itself with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

 

Bodley Barn at Ford Street, Wellington, offers the opportunity to live and work at the foot of the Blackdown Hills in a rural, but easily accessible location. The property is only minutes from Junction 26 of the M5.

 

Attention to detail has been the hallmark of creating this attractive home and high specification fittings have been used throughout.

 

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner, with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “Of particular note, with the sale of this property is that it includes a large modern stone built clear span commercial unit.

 

“It has first floor offices ideal for light industrial, workshop or storage use by the owner for their business or perhaps let out to generate an income.”

 

The large workshop/commercial unit extends to 3,290ft. There is a yard and parking.

 

The spacious four-bedded barn conversion includes an appealing kitchen/diner with wooden floor.

 

Outside the gardens are another plus with the property.

 

It is on the market at a guide price of £550,000. To arrange a viewing please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 277121 or 01823 334455.

Collection of lack bobbins

Tremendous eclectic collectors’ sale

June 2014

A marvellous array of articles came under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s second specialist collectors’ sale of the year.

 

Held on a Saturday (June 7) at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, the event attracted buyers online, on the phone and in person.

 

There was much to catch the eye with nearly 400 lots to tempt buyers from the customary model railways to rare books.

 

Sixteen volumes of insurance plans by Charles E Goad and Co provided a unique insight into a bygone era and they sold for a total of £4,700.

 

These beautifully illustrated plans featured different areas of London including St Paul’s Cathedral and Whitehall.

 

In the book section The Table Fruits of India, circa 1875 achieved an impressive £3,000, while among the musical instruments a violin went for £850.

 

A vast – 111 examples – collection of lace bobbins found favour with buyers and sold for a very fine £600.

 

The sale covered an eclectic mix of collectibles from firemen’s helmets to pop posters.

 

A 1968 “first international pop festival poster” by the psychedelic artists Hapshash and the Colored Coat sold for a groovy £600.

 

There was a strong postcard and cigarette card section and designs to appeal to all tastes and pockets. Of note was a set of British and foreign cards that sold for £300, while a single cigarette card from the First World War of Major-General T. D’Oyley-Snow made £12.

 

A German Third Reich battle ensign thought to have been removed from a U-boat in Kiel harbour sold for £320 and a Third Reich SA dagger for £280.

 

An early 20th Century German tinplate sailor toy sporting a red neckerchief and smoking a pipe was sold for £220.

 

Of local interest was a poster from 1936 advertising the delights of the new open air swimming pool at Minehead. This sold for £140.


The next collectors’ sale takes place on Saturday, September 6. Items are being accepted for this sale which will include a range of World War I memorabilia. Please contact Peter Rixon or Mike Hooper at the salerooms on 01823 332525 if you have anything suitable to consign to the sale.

Chinese Famille Verte

Bids crystalise over Swarovski

June 2014

Internet bidders fought furiously to secure a group of 10 Swarovski crystal characters at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on June 5.

 

Bidding went stratospheric as demand for the Disney and other characters seemed to know no limits. The gavel eventually came down at £1,200.

 

Meanwhile a group of seven Swarovski crystal models of animals went for £550 and four A.A. Milne figures achieved £320.

 

These were just a few of a series of pleasing prices at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

 

Top spot belonged to a beautiful 18ct white gold diamond solitaire ring in the jewellery section that went for £4,200. The attractive Victorian cushion cut stone weighed around 2.5ct.

 

A bidder in the room took home a Rolex vintage gents 9ct gold Precision manual wristwatch with a successful £750 bid.

 

In the Oriental section a phone bidder beat a would-be internet buyer with a £1,000 call to acquire a 19th Century Chinese famille verte charger. Also in this section a Chinese panoramic scroll painting sold for £320.

 

Furniture in all its guises is also enjoying strong interest. A large Victorian Elm farmhouse dresser that had seen better days went for a surprising £750. Less unexpected was the demand for fine design from the 1930s. An Alvar Aalto for Finmar Ltd bent plywood armchair went to a room bidder when the gavel came down at £480, while a phone bidder secured a Heals limed Oak sideboard circa 1935 with a £300 bid.

 

A pair of late Victorian, Oak bookcases sold for £480 while two Victorian Mahogany rectangular chests each made £260.

 

As ever silver and silver plate was much in demand. A smart pair of William IV silver candlesticks went for £660.

 

A painting of Man’s Head, St Ives by Michael J. Strang achieved £500.

 

Clocks retain their appeal – a French repeating 20th Century carriage clock went for £380, not far behind was a Mahogany double sided dial clock that sold for £320.

 

Items are now being accepted for the next sale, which takes place on Thursday, July 3.


Free valuation mornings are held each Monday at the salerooms. There is no need to book for a without obligation assessment of your items. There is plenty of free parking on site.

40 Livingstone Way

Rare opportunity to buy or rent at established business park

May 2014

Good quality industrial buildings with yards are rare commodities in Taunton, but such a unit has come to market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

 

Unit 40 Livingstone Way, Bindon Road, is prominently located on the well-established business estate which is home to a variety of warehouse, industrial and office bases. It has good transport links to the town centre, A38 and Junctions 25 and 26 of the M5.

 

Importantly it has extensive yard areas and plenty of warehouse and office space.

 

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a rare opportunity in the Taunton area to acquire a detached good quality building with a good sized yard with availability in and around Taunton generally having been limited for a number of years.”

 

The warehouse/industrial unit is available to buy at a guide price of £550,000 or to rent at a guide of £45,000.

 

Built in the `1980s on an area of land extending to 0.22 hectares (0.54 acres) the premises provide a suitable base for warehousing or industrial purposes. The ground floor reception, offices, staff facilities and warehouse extend to 6,170 sq ft, while first floor offices are 735 sq ft.

 

In addition to the extensive yard areas the building benefits from a 5.78 metre eaves height.

 

Further information is available from Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.


Sampford Peverell

Office serves up a tempting location

May 2014

Imagine an office base, close to amenities and beside a tennis court. No need to dream as commercial property experts Greenslade Taylor Hunt are marketing this appealing proposition.

 

The property at Lower Road, Sampford Peverell, near Tiverton, is just a mile from Junction 27 of the M5.

 

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is an office building in a good accessible location with a decent size yard adjacent to a free car park, tennis courts and a local park providing an attractive working environment.”

 

The offices are on the market at a guide price of £100,000.

 

The detached premises are suitable for a number of commercial uses and could easily be reconfigured to suit requirements. There is also the prospect of possible development potential. In total the office accommodation extends to 770 sq ft.

 

There is a good-sized yard area for parking and ample free parking adjacent to the property.

 

For more information please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

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Taunton Ranked No. 3 as Most Happiest Places to Live

May 2014

Not so grim up north! Harrogate beats northern towns including Stockport and Inverness to be named happiest place to live in the UK

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Bronze by Carl Eldhn

Timely reminder to attend monthly sale

May 2014

Watches and clocks to suit all budgets are set to chime with a wide range of buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, next Thursday (June 5)

 

There is a mouthwatering array of quality watches including a vintage Omega Seamaster, a Rolex nine-carat Precision watch and a nine-carat gold Longines model and others. An Omega Ladymatic is also included in the sale. There are watches to suit all tastes and pockets. Estimates range from £80-£800.

 

An appealing variety of carriage clocks is also expected to make a strong showing in the sale. They encompass a diminutive model through to the more traditional design.

Estimates vary from £50 to £300. Other clocks including mantle and wall clocks will also be going under the hammer.

 

A handsome pair of late Victorian bookcases is among a strong furniture section. The smart pair would enhance any home.

 

There are plenty of examples of stylish 1930s furniture. The vendor’s parents bought them when they married in the 1930s. They would have been the height of modernity at the time. Now they are design classics.

 

They include a Heal’s limed oak sideboard, a set of five oak dining chairs and a nest of stacking tables. An Alvar Aalto bent wood armchair is another delight from the 1930s.

 

An imposing bronze bust by renowned Swedish sculptor Carl Eldh is sure to draw attention. It depicts Carl Edvard Johansson, the engineer and scientist. He is credited with inventing precision tools that made the mass production of motor cars a reality. The bust has a pre-sale guide of £1,000-£1,500.

 

The auction will be followed on Saturday, June 7, by the quarterly collectors’ sale. It will feature specialist homewares and vintage fashion.

 

Viewing for both sales will take place this Saturday, May 31, from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 4, from 9am-5pm. Both sales begin at 10am.

 

For further information please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525.

GENETIC ELITE SALE 2014

UK’s Genetic Elite Sale offers one-stop-shop catalogue

May 2014

The anticipated online sale catalogue is launched for the highly endorsed 2014 Genetic Elite Sale held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre near Bristol.

Hosting a superior line-up of high index, deep-pedigreed and show-winning consignments, auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are digitalising the catalogue for prospective buyers to view the lots at the touch of a button. To view the catalogue, click here.

The Genetic Elite Sale is a short drive from Bristol airport and is located at junction 24 of the M5. The sale will start at 11am prompt.

For further details please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Andrew Clements +44 (0)7769 904704, andrew.clements@gth.net or 01278 410 250

Stockmoor Village

Versatile retail units with customers “on tap”

May 2014

The perfect spot to set up a Chinese or Indian takeaway/restaurant is being marketed by commercial property experts Greenslade Taylor Hunt in Bridgwater.

 

Just two units at a new village hub remain – the other five have already been snapped up at Stockmoor Village, Bridgwater.

 

The versatile units have planning consent for a host of different uses including retail, financial and professional services, restaurant/café, drinking establishments or a hot food takeaway.

 

The parade would make a super location for an Indian or Chinese takeaway/restaurant business as it is conveniently close to a major residential area.

 

Stockmoor Village is part of the South Bridgwater master plan covering 256 acres (104 hectares) of new development including housing, a primary school, a 70-bed care home and the shopping centre. There are 16 apartments above the shopping centre.

 

Tenants at the £3.5m neighbourhood retail centre include a convenience store, a pharmacy, an independent fast food operator and a hairdresser/café.

 

The scheme benefits from around 33-shopper car parking spaces plus 13 staff spaces.

 

There are a number of new housing developments and a soon to be built business park within walking distance of the retail centre.

 

Two units each of 1,000 sq ft are available on new leases by arrangement at £16,500.

 

For further details contact Duncan Brown, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455. The firm is jointly marketing the units with Alder King.

Goad Map of London

Plenty to fire imagination at collectors’ sale

May 2014

Firefighters’ helmets from around the world are among items on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s second collectors’ sale of the year on Saturday, June 7.


There are examples from Canada, France and America. In America firefighters still wore leather hats well into the 1970s long after other countries had turned to less flammable options.

 

Many of the helmets at the auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, have interesting histories. One example from the Second World War was used at Hardy Spicer and Company in Witton, Birmingham. The firm would have employed its’ own factory fire brigade. The helmet is made of copper and this material was chosen to help protect the firemen from any potential munitions’ fire during the war period when the factory turned out weapons for the war effort.

 

Each of the helmets will be sold singly and estimates vary from £30-£80 for these special pieces.

 

The fire theme continues with a unique slice of a bygone era when an extraordinary collection of 16 volumes of insurance plans will also be auctioned.

 

Many of the maps produced by Charles E Goad and Co are now housed in the British Library. They give a unique insight into the burgeoning industrialisation of Britain.

 

The firm was not the first to produce maps to aid insurance companies in assessing fire risks, but it was the largest and most prolific such endeavor in Britain.

 

Goad staff would note in intricate detail the type and height of buildings in each area and who occupied them, their likely fire risk and any fire-fighting equipment on site.

 

This information was constantly updated by hand with each beautifully colour-coded map providing a look into the changing face of the urban landscape.

 

Sixteen volumes will be going under the hammer in Taunton. Each covers a different area of London. Volume one concentrates on the Barbican and includes information on St Paul’s Cathedral and The Mansion House, while volume eight takes in High Holborn, The Strand, The Mall and Whitehall.

 

The firm no longer produces these detailed insurance plans – time and technology have moved on, but these volumes provide a intriguing look into the past. Each lot has a pre-sale guide of £100-£150.

 

For more details please contact Peter Rixon or Mike Hooper at the sale room on 01823 332525.

 

The sale, which will include vintage fashions and homewares, will be preceded on Thursday, June 5, by the customary monthly sale. Both sales start at 10am.

 

Both sales will be on view on Saturday, May 31, from 9.30am-12.30pm and on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3, from 9am-5pm.

 

For further information please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01823) 332525.

 

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Diamonds set to sparkle at June sale

May 2014

A two and a half carat single stone diamond ring is sure to catch the attention of bidders at the next Greenslade Taylor Hunt monthly sale on Thursday, June 5.

The cushion cut diamond is Victorian in a 20th Century white gold setting. It is a beautiful item and has a pre-sale guide of £3,000-£4,000.

Silver sold extremely well in the May sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and is likely to do the same at the June event.

A smart pair of William IV candlesticks would be a welcome addition to any collection and have a pre-auction estimate of £400-£600.

Vintage watches hold their value and an Omega Seamaster example will be certain to interest buyers. It is expected to fetch between £250 and £300.

May marks the first anniversary of the firm trading from The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

It has been a highly successful switch of venue and has made it even easier for sellers and buyers at auction.

Would-be buyers have a host of options when it comes to bidding at auction. They can attend the sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, book a phone line to bid, leave a commission bid with the auctioneer – the sum they are prepared to pay - or can bid on line. Computer bidding offers great flexibility as potential purchasers have until 9am on the morning of the sale to register their details.

June will be a busy month for the well-regarded auctioneers’ as the second of a series of specialist collectors’ sales will also be taking place.

The sale will include a selection of vintage fashions and homewares. It takes place on Saturday, June 7, from 10am.

Items are still being accepted for the June monthly sale and the collectors’ sale. 

Free valuation mornings take place each Monday morning at the sale room from 9am-1pm.

For further information or to book a home visit please ring The Octagon Salerooms on (01823) 332525.

Watchet marina

Coastal plot with planning permission

May 2014

A unique opportunity to build a house with breathtaking sea views presents itself in West Somerset.

The site at Govier’s Lane, Watchet, benefits from detailed planning permission to build a fine detached four-bedroom home making the most of the splendid location, which is close to the coastal path making it a perfect spot to enjoy the attractions of the surrounding countryside.

The site overlooking Watchet Marina and the West Somerset Railway is available for immediate development and is for sale by private treaty at a guide price of £135,000.

Graham Ford, Land and Planning Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who are overseeing the sale, said: “The development offers a truly unique and rare opportunity to purchase an individual building plot with panoramic marina/sea views in a sought-after and character location.”

The land, in an elevated position, currently forms part of the substantial gardens of a  large Victorian property.

The full planning permission allows the construction of a substantial four-bedroom home. It will consist of a large entrance hall, living room, cloakroom, study, large kitchen/diner and separate utility room. On the first floor there will be four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The proposed home will stand in generous gardens to the front and rear. The planning permission includes a separate plot with double garage and parking for three cars.

For more information and to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Land and Planning Department on 01823 334466.

Office Design

Extension or new build – expert help is at hand

May 2014

There’s far more to Greenslade Taylor Hunt than merely estate agency. The property experts have an experienced team of planning professionals who can provide a full architectural service across Somerset and beyond.

Headed by architect Nick Ratcliff RIBA, who has more than 14 years experience in the residential, educational and commercial sectors, the firm offers a full architectural design service.

This means the experienced team is able, to see a property from the design stage - through the planning procedure to project managing the build, and ensuring the whole process complies with the necessary legal requirements.

Whether you are looking to extend your existing property or have your heart set on creating your dream home from scratch the talented team at Greenslade Taylor Hunt have the skilled knowledge to guide you through the operation.

The in-house team have a proven track record of success in assisting land owners, private clients and developers in achieving the necessary Planning and Building Regulation consents required to allow projects to be constructed.

The whole process can initially seem rather daunting, but with a free initial appraisal to discuss your requirements with the experts your dream of a bespoke home could be much nearer than you think.

The Drawing and Design team have extensive knowledge and experience of building design and construction including the preparation of architectural drawings using the latest Computer Aided Designed (CAD) software, for a range of projects including:

  • New building, conversion and refurbishment projects
  • Bespoke Architect designed individual houses

  • Barn conversions

  • Apartment developments

  • Large residential development sites

  • Agricultural worker's dwellings and agricultural buildings

  • Commercial projects

  • Holiday accommodation

As a well regarded and long established firm it prides itself on having detailed knowledge of local planning policies and practices and good working relationships with local authority planning and highway bodies.

It has good links with council conservation officers and so can offer help and advice with listed building and conservation area applications.

Services offered include:

  • Planning feasibility and viability appraisals

  • Measured surveys and building structure surveys

  • Professional design and drawing service

  • Preparation and submission of planning applications

  • Certificate of Lawfulness for existing or proposed developments

  • Planning appeals

  • Listed building and conservation area applications

  • Technical assessments for Building Regulations and construction compliance

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the professional services the team offers from offices in Chard and Taunton.

To find out how Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Land and Planning Division could help turn your ideas into reality please ring the Taunton office on (01823) 334466 or the Chard office on (01460) 238380.

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Tortoise Carapace Snuff Box

International flavour to May antiques sale

May 2014

Buyers from around the world vied with would-be purchasers in the room at an extremely well supported monthly auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Saleroom, East Reach, Taunton on May 1.

The list of buyers read like a roll call of the United Nations with successful bidders from Moscow, New York and Australia as well as those closer to home in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Bidders in the room also enjoyed success at the auctioneers’ well-regarded monthly showcase.

Items across the full range of antiques proved immensely popular. A delightful silver mounted tortoise carapace snuff box went for a pleasing £850, while three novelty Foley China Intarsio coffee and tea pots achieved £600. The three were all slightly damaged and had been brought along to a recent valuation morning at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Wells office.

Free valuation mornings are held regularly at the firm’s branch offices and every Monday at the East Reach saleroom from 9am-1pm.

Silver continues to sell well and last week’s sale was no exception - a star performer was an extensive service of Portuguese silver flatware selling for a mighty £2,000. A George II engraved silver tankard sold for a solid £700.

Furniture enjoyed some excellent prices – a Regency burr wood sofa table sold for £2,800. A beautiful Georgian elm dresser went for £700. Two burgundy “Duresta” Trafalgar Knole two seater sofas each made £600.

Paintings also appealed to buyers. The ever-popular local artist Harry Frier proved a hit. His watercolour of the hanging chapel at Langport went for £320.

Star billing went to three Thomas Bush Hardy watercolours. The trio including a rendering of Venice went for a superb £1,100.

Demand for Oriental ceramics proved intense. A Chinese Celadon Jade vase thought to date from the 19th Century went for £600. More prices of note included a Chinese blue and white porcelain vase for £520 and a a pair of Chinese famille rose bowls and covers for £500.

Buyers love Lalique and a number tussled for ownership of a “Poisson” opalescent glass circular dish which eventually went for £360.

 The auctioneers are already gearing up for the next monthly sale which takes place on Thursday, June 5.

A pair of smart William IV silver candlesticks with an estimate of £600 will feature in the sale along with a super two and a half carat cushion cut diamond ring. The single stone is Victorian while the setting is later – probably 20th Century white gold.

Also included in the June sale is a vintage Omega Seamaster watch.

In addition next month sees the second collectors’ sale of the year. This will take place on Saturday, June 7, and will feature vintage fashion and homewares.

For further information contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 332525.

Green Shoots

Green Shoots

May 2014

The property market is perhaps one of the great hallmarks of confidence in any economy and, rather like an oil tanker, takes some time and effort to turn around. There have been some encouraging signs for a little while that confidence in the UK economy and housing market have been returning and, even as we speak, economists both home and abroad are shifting their growth forecasts in an upwards direction. If it proves to be the case that the UK will show the highest growth in the G8 group during 2014 then that will clearly be good news for everybody throughout the land.

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Lower Langdon Farm (farmhouse)

Rare opportunity to lease dairy farm

May 2014

Would-be dairy farmers have the rare chance to take charge of their own farm.

It is only the second time in the last 50 years that Lower Langdon Farm, Beaminster, has been available to let. This rare opportunity has only been made possible as the current tenant has progressed to his own holding.

Sally Mitchell, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office, said: “The real excitement is the fact that the landlord is prepared to offer a 15 year Farm Business Tenancy on a dairy holding, which is very rare these days.”

Interested parties can visit the farm, on Wednesday, April 23, between 10am and 3pm when representatives from letting agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt and the Estate will be on hand to answer any questions.

The well-equipped dairy unit extends to around 167.52 acres (67.80 hectares). It is situated in the middle of three farms under the ownership of Langdon Dorset Farms and is in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Over the course of the current tenancy considerable commitment and investment to the unit has been made. The land surrounds the farmhouse and buildings and is accessible from council maintained roads. In addition there has been investment in cow tracks to allow greater access to the grazing land.  The attractive five bedroom farmhouse is one mile from the former market town of Beaminster where there are good school facilities and shops.

Sally Mitchell said: “In our opinion this makes Lower Langdon a most attractive and sustainable private dairy unit to be offered for let for an attractive length of time. The unit should make an ideal family farm, milking up to 140 cows.”

Applicants should make a clear statement regarding their proposed future management of the unit and also provide strong personal and financial references.

Tenders close on Wednesday, May 14. The farm is to be let on a 15-year farm business tenancy to start no later than October 1.

For further details please contact Sally Mitchell at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office on (01305) 268786. http://gth.reapit.com/gthrpsdets/DOR140060.PDF.

Land at Chilliswood Farm

Opportunity to acquire strategic investment land around Somerset’s county town

May 2014

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton office are delighted to be offering for sale a commercial sized block of arable and pasture land just outside of Taunton with excellent long term development potential.

The land is situated at Chilliswood Farm in the parish of Trull on the south western fringes of Taunton and falls within a ‘broad location for development’ to one day potentially accommodate future expansion around Somerset’s county town.  The land is being sold as one lot extending to 63.5 acres (25.7 hectares) and in an era where the price of farmland continues to steadily rise the sale will afford the successful buyer a good opportunity to acquire a sound investment with the added bonus of longer term development potential and is attracting interest from a range of potential purchasers.

The land is being offered for sale by way of an informal tender with tenders invited by 12 noon on Friday 16th May. 

Sale particulars: http://gth.reapit.com/gthrpsdets/TAL140041.PDF

For further details please contact Simon Gitsham at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton office on 01823 334466 or email simon.gitsham@gth.net.

Scottish Victorian Dining Table

All set for a magnificent May sale

April 2014

 

This Saturday, April 26, the May sale at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be on view at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

There is much to appeal to buyers across the full range of antiques and collectables from an eye-catching selection of Moorcroft to a beautiful star ruby single stone ring.

Other highlights include a Scottish Victorian dining table by John Taylor and Sons, of Edinburgh and an inlaid fold over tea table. 

A silver- mounted tortoise carapace snuffbox would make a delightful addition to any home as would a striking Art Deco mantle clock.

The items will be on view on Saturday from 9am-12.30pm at the saleroom and again on Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, from 9am-5pm. 

The sale takes place next Thursday, May 1, from 10am. The saleroom will be open from 8.30am on Thursday for viewing.

Regular free valuation mornings take place every Monday at the saleroom from 9am-1pm. Home visits can also be arranged. For more details please ring 01823 332525. 

Gold & platinum diamond ring

Plenty of sparkle at monthly sale

April 2014

Beautiful jewellery proved to be the real eye-catchers and achieved dazzling prices at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale last week.

Lots across all sections commanded top prices as buyers came out in force at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday, (April 3) for the auctioneers most successful sale of the year so far.

Top spot went to an 18ct gold and platinum diamond single stone ring. The brilliant cut diamond of good colour and clarity weighed around 1.5ct. Bidding commenced at £1500, but with three phone lines and interest in the room the price soon climbed. The successful bidder, who was in the sale room, secured the gem with a call of £3,800.

The jewellery section enjoyed a number of impressive prices. Of particular note was a good Edwardian diamond and sapphire panel brooch. This attractive item featured a central cushion cut sapphire, each end with a brilliant cut diamond, and channels of rectangular cut sapphires, all within foliate and diamond borders. Unfortunately this piece had one section of outer foliate border detached, but present, however this did not diminish demand. It sold for £2,600 to a phone bidder.

An Art Deco platinum, green tourmaline and diamond ring, circa 1930, went to a phone bid for £1,800.

Watches were also in good demand. A vintage 18ct gold oyster perpetual day date gentleman’s Rolex wristwatch was secured for £3,400, while an 18ct gold half hunter pocket watch clocked up a robust £920.

Similarly impressive was the £900 paid by a bidder for a pair of 19th Century Boulle Marquetry mantel clocks which both were in need of restoration.

A tiny, mahogany wall clock just 17cm high by Aubert and Klatenberger registered a lofty £650.

A late 19th Century/early 20th Century French bronze model, thought to be of King Louis XIV, made a regal £800.

A 19th Century rosewood veneered upright music box went for the same amount.

In the paintings section an English or Continental School 18th Century or early 19th Century portrait of a lady as Saint Catherine achieved £500.

Entries are being accepted for the next sale which takes place at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday, May 1.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday morning at the salerooms from 9am.

For further information please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.

“Pricie” proves apt name at Spring Sporting Sale

“Pricie” proves apt name at Spring Sporting Sale

April 2014

Pricie, an appealing West Highland Terrier, lived up to his name when his portrait sold for a terrific £450 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Spring Sporting Sale on Friday. (April 4)

A similar sum was achieved for a Victorian silver presentation hunting horn. This keepsake had an interesting history. It been given to Crawshay Bailey, an industrialist and keen huntsman, who had set up his own hunt the Crawshay Bailey Harriers. Farmers who let the Harriers hunt on their land presented him with the hunting horn.

Another silver presentation hunting horn by Samuel Mordan and Co, of Chester, sold for £240.

There was a comprehensive painting section including prints, watercolours and oils. Good prices included £440 for a study of an Irish water Spaniel and £350 for an English School early/mid 19th Century depiction of a boy and his pony.

Demand for fishing rods and reels proved consistent with a Hardy reel, the Silex No2, achieving £220.

Taxidermy was well represented and a pike in a glazed bow fronted case was catch of the day at a weighty £600.

A Bird of Paradise headdress believed to be from Papua New Guinea sold for £170.

An unusual double saddle horse by makers Whippy Steggall and Company went for £160.

Hound lists from the 1920s made £160, while six hound lists of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds from the turn of the 20th Century went for £140.

FA Cup Final football programmes were snapped up. Two sets went for £110 each and another made £90.

A mixed lot, which included, tickets from the London Olympics of 1948 and newspapers marking President Kennedy’s assassination and D-Day made £100.

The autumn Sporting Sale takes place on Friday, October 3. For further information contact Stuart Triggol on 01823 332525.

Walford Cross Sale

Unique Walford Cross sale celebrates its Diamond Jubilee

April 2014

Bumper crowds are expected to throng the South West’s largest one-day machinery sale at Walford Cross on the A38, near Taunton, on Thursday, April 17.

The sale  – put on by auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt and now in its 60th year – is a major event in the agricultural calendar and is a “must attend” for anyone looking for all types of agricultural machinery and effects.

Last year’s sale attracted around 1,300 visitors from Poland, Ireland, Wales and all parts of England.

Around 800 lots of machinery and 2,500 lots of miscellaneous items are expected this year.

If that is not tempting enough buyers will not have to pay a buyer’s premium on any of the tractors or farm machinery on offer.

The sale is a major undertaking and preparations have been ongoing for months to ensure the Diamond jubilee event is a roaring success.

Vendors can enter their items up until 4pm on Wednesday, April 16, Vendors with major items are advised to contact the Auctioneers immediately to ensure the items are well advertised.

All buyers must register with the sales office in advance. For further details contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01278) 410250.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, commented: “Having conducted the Dispersal Sale of six tractors and a comprehensive range of machinery last week for the Dare family it is now clear that the demand for second hand machinery is as good as ever, in fact the trade was one of the best I have ever seen over the 30 years that I have been selling. All farmers are advised to inspect their sheds and sell everything that is not being used.”

Close up of Saddle Horse emblem

West Country Sporting Sale set to spring into action

April 2014

There is plenty to tempt bidders at Friday’s (April 4) eagerly awaited Spring West Country Sporting Sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

The major fixture in auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s calendar features more than 400 lots to tempt the sporting enthusiast. There is a comprehensive range of sections encompassing sporting books to pictures, fishing items to taxidermy, silver and ceramics.

A double saddle horse by renowned makers Whippy Steggall and Co of North Audley Street, London, will be sure to fire the interest of sale goers. The firm was established in the 1790s and continued trading until its building was bombed during the Second World War. Another well regarded saddler Champion and Wilton took the business over.

The double saddle horse in tomorrow’s sale provides a unique piece of equestrian history. It has a pre-sale guide of £100-£150.

A distinctive engraved silver hunting horn is another highlight. This is marked John Millward Banks London 1873 with an inscription. This reads: “1873 presented to Crawshay Bailey esq by the tenants and a few well-wishers to the harriers.”

Crawshay Bailey inherited £1,000 in 1809 at the age of 20 – the equivalent of around £55,000 in today’s terms. He was an ironmaster in Wales, but also invested in land in the Welsh Valleys that turned out to be rich in coal.

His passion was hunting and as well as riding with the Monmouthshire Hunt he set up his own pack – the Crawshay Bailey Harriers. He received the hunting horn from farmers on whose land he hunted. It is guided at £450-£550.

An extensive collection of Britain’s hunting figures is also likely to prove popular. This comprises 11 mounted figures all in hunt dress, four standing figures in hunt dress, a bay horse, 21 hounds and a fox. This has an estimate of £200-£250.

A fishing reel by prestige brand Hardy’s is part of a strong fishing section. It is expected to fetch between £200 and £250.

Racing badges are always popular with collectors. Eleven enamel badges from Newmarket are guided at £100-£150.

In the Sporting Books section there is an interesting account of the hunting season. The diary covers the period 1859-61 and mainly relates to outings with the Bicester hunt. It has an estimate of £120-£150.

Viewing for the sale takes place on Thursday from 3pm after the monthly sale has finished. Viewing will continue until 5pm and will resume from 8.30am on Friday until the start of the sale at 10am.

Beaverbrook

Rural location is no bar to fast internet access

March 2014

Property experts Greenslade Taylor Hunt are the leading agents for rural business parks in Somerset and Dorset and have a range of units throughout both counties to suit a host of commercial needs.

Previously potential clients might have been put off a rural location by fears of slow internet speed, but that is no longer an issue.

Internet speeds at one rural business park are now faster than could be achieved in a town centre.

The landlord at popular Bowdens Business Centre, Bowdens Farm, Hambridge, near Curry Rivel, Somerset, has installed fibre optic cabling via BT providing 40MB high speed broadband (on 100MB bearer) ensuring optimum speeds that would be the envy of any High Street operation.

Robert Clark, Associate with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “The Government's decision to role out fast speed broadband to rural areas may make rural business parks even more attractive.”

Currently the firm is marketing three units at the vibrant business park which is home to a number of office based firms plus a selection of niche “destination” retailers which draw in discerning shoppers.

It is also the base for nationally renowned restaurant and smokery Brown and Forrest. The well regarded smokery featured on an edition of Mary Berry’s current BBC2 cookery series.

As well as the delights of the restaurant the business park enjoys an attractive rural setting, yet is handy for Yeovil and Taunton, while the A303 and M5 are within easy 10 and 20 minutes drive.

Available units to suit small and medium sized firms are being marketed at the park. They include Unit 8 - a modern air-conditioned office space that extends to 76 sq m (825 sq ft) and is available at a rent of £8,500 per annum exclusive.

For a firm in need of more space there are Units 5 and 15 where 1,670 sq ft and 2,000 sq ft modern air conditioned office units are available.

High quality business units are also to let at the attractive Beaverbrook Business Centre, Cricket Malherbie, between Chard and Ilminster.

The site marries the appeal of converted traditional buildings with the requirements of the modern business age.

The centre comprises the delightful two storey Granary building plus the single storey Tie Stalls. Flexible units from 340 sq ft to 4,820 sq ft are available. Rents start from just £5,000.

Biannual Sporting Sale

Make a date for biannual sporting sale

March 2014

Preparations are in hand for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s eagerly anticipated Spring Sporting Sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Friday, April 4.

The biannual event attracts buyers from around the country and will feature a host of field sports, team sports and sporting art.

Highlights include an engraved silver hunting horn. This is marked John Millward Banks London 1873 with an inscription. This reads: “1873 presented to Crawshay Bailey esq by the tenants and a few well-wishers to the harriers.”

Crawshay Bailey inherited £1,000 in 1809 at the age of 20 – the equivalent of around £55,000 in today’s terms.

He was an ironmaster in Wales, but also invested in land in the Welsh Valleys that turned out to be rich in coal.

His passion was hunting and as well as riding with the Monmouthshire Hunt he set up his own pack – the Crawshay Bailey Harriers.

He received the hunting horn from farmers on whose land he hunted.

A good selection of prints by popular artists Lionel Edwards, Snaffles and Cecil Aldin will also feature in the sale.

Taxidermy is proving extremely popular currently and there is an excellent mix on offer at April’s sale including a pair of fox masks by John Macpherson and Sons of Inverness.

Viewing for the sale takes place on Saturday, March 29, from 9am-12.30pm, and Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2, from 9am-5pm.

The sale commences at 10am on Friday, April 4.

The regular monthly sale takes place on Thursday, April 3, and will feature a large selection of furniture.

Items of silver, jewellery and ceramics are still being accepted for the monthly sale.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm at the salerooms. For further details please ring (01823) 332525.

Sonia Matthews, Associate

Greenslade Taylor Hunt supports New Government Lettings' Regulations

March 2014

MP’s are urging for Letting Agents to be subject to tighter regulations similar to those of Estate Agents. The aim of this is to prevent ‘cowboy’ Agents ‘ripping off’ landlords and tenants, quotes a Communities and Local Government Committee report, all sparked off by  reports of unreasonable fees and opaque charges.

Sonia Matthews FARLA, Associate at Greenslade Taylor Hunt writes ‘I am completely behind this government proposal and feel that a register of reputable Agents could only ever benefit the industry.  I would expect most practiced Agents to already be members of a professional body such as ARLA or RICS and would question any Agent that isn’t. Not only does this affiliation ensure good working practise it also provides the customer with reassurance that all client money is protected and accounted for. The recent bill submitted in parliament proposed a voluntary membership by Letting Agents; surely this should be compulsory, Why not? If you are trading within the law and providing the customer with a professional and transparent service, what is there to worried about?’

“In providing an honest and trustworthy service, all of our Landlords and tenants are informed of all costs ahead of committing to using our services.  It is disheartening to hear the amount of bad press out there relating to ‘rip-off’ Agents, as we are definitely not all the same. At Greenslade Taylor Hunt we are here to assist Landlords in finding the right tenant for their property, hopefully with a view to building a long term, stress-free, working relationship. The other aspect I consider paramount in providing a good service is on-going training; all of our staff are taught to understand the basic law surrounding Residential Lettings with the majority going on to take the ARLA qualification.  You would not employ an unqualified person to service your car, so why consider this when handling your property?’

‘I welcome the introduction of some sort of Landlord/Agent register and hold out hope that the government will re-address the voluntary membership by going further in making this compulsory for all, as this can only benefit the many legitimate Agents and Landlords out there.’

Polar Pick Axe

Spectacular prices at first collectors’ sale of the year

March 2014

Good crowds and strong phone interest was in evidence at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first collectors’ sale of the year last Friday. (March 7)

The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, positively heaved with a host of collectables from militaria to postcards, stamps to railway memorabilia.

Top bid of the day belonged to an impressive collection of Great Britain stamps. These spanned the reigns of Edward VII to Elizabeth II and were bought by a phone bidder for £3,300.

More unexpected was the price achieved for a Great Western Railway mahogany wall clock. There were surprised gasps from the gallery as the gavel went down at £2,400.

The clock was originally from the signal box at Bishop’s Nympton and Molland Station on the Barnstaple branch line. It was consigned to the sale after the vendor took the clock along to a recent Greenslade Taylor Hunt advisory day in South Molton.

A more extreme piece of memorabilia came in the form of a Polar pickaxe. This had belonged to Arctic explorer James Dell who had served under Scott and Shackleton. It fetched a hefty £800.

A phone bidder secured a Second World War type Commando knife with a decisive bid of £700.

There was a strong selection and keen interest in the postcard section of the sale.  A range of 110 cards featuring views of West Monkton, Blue Anchor, Creech St Michael and other Somerset scenes fetched £400. Another collection of 105 cards of Curry Mallet and Hatch Beauchamp achieved £440. Top spot in this section went to a collection of 310 assorted cards from around the world that went for £520 to a phone bidder.

Magic lantern slides continue their popularity and a selection of 230 including views of Constantinople and Palermo went for £600.

The next quarterly Collectors’ sale will take place on Saturday, June 7. This will include a special vintage fashion and homewares section.

For more information on the Collectors’ sales please contact Peter Rixon or Mike Hooper at the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Bronze Figure

Eclectic appeal of monthly sale

March 2014

Paintings, elegant bronzes, rare cutlery and a 19th Century Continental seaman’s chest all made waves at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday (March 6).

A phone bidder secured a bronze by the French artist Georges Bareau, entitled The Blacksmith, for £1,200 – the top price of the day.

Not far behind that was a beautiful oil on canvas of Poplars, West End, Street, by artist Arthur K. Maderson, who had a studio in the town in the 1980s. The painting went for £1,000.

A pastoral scene of a figure on a country path at sunset by well regarded artist Benjamin Williams Leader RA proved beguiling to another phone bidder who claimed the oil with a bid of £820.

A part service of Victorian silver flatware in a rare “Wellington” pattern was another solid attraction and achieved £700.

A quirkier offering was a 19th Century Continental seaman’s chest, which wouldn’t have looked out of place in a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, which fetched an impressive £550.

Another 19th Century piece – a slipware jug decorated in swirls of blue, brown and black was equally popular and fetched £440.

Oriental ceramics and works of art continue to achieve good prices.  A phone bidder snapped up two Oriental walking canes, with carved ivory pommel, for £420.

A phone bidder also clinched a Japanese carved ivory netsuke of a monkey for a cheeky £370.

Silver novelty pepper pots in the shape of hunting horns proved irresistible to yet another phone bidder who paid £260 for the Edwardian duo.

Stylish furniture continues to hit the mark for buyers with a beautiful bone and rosewood inlaid cabinet on stand, probably from the 18th Century, making £750. The ever-reliable Liberty make was another success with a set of six Arts and Crafts dining chairs selling for £480.

The saleroom is now gearing up for the Spring Sporting Sale on Friday, April 4.

Free valuations are held each Monday morning at the salerooms from 9am. There is plenty of free parking on site.

For more information or to arrange a home visit please ring the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Flooded GWR line at Creech St Michael

Double delight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt antiques saleroom

March 2014

More than 700 lots will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday, March 6, and Friday, March 7.

Thursday sees the customary monthly sale get underway from 10am while on Friday the first of the quarterly collectors’ sales takes place, also from 10am.

This event has a wide range of items to entice the avid collector from coins, medals and militaria to postcards, stamps and magic lanterns and everything in between.

An immense selection of magic lantern slides totalling 2,000 is split between 11 lots. Of particular interest is a late 19th Century/early 20th Century collection of 55 slides featuring Fiji, Samoa and Borneo. This has a pre-sale guide of £80-£100.

Postcards are well represented in the sale. An extensive group of 110 Somerset sights including the GWR main line at Creech St Michael in flood along with a view of Long Aller Mills, Taunton, feature in one lot which is estimated at £100-£120.

Another set of local interest postcards including views of Hatch Beauchamp station and Curry Mallet rectory is expected to sell for between £100-£150.

There is a strong section of automobilia including a collection of Monte Carlo Rally and other heritage vehicle memorabilia. This has come from the estate of Peter Agg. He was a prime mover in the world of fast cars and bikes.

He ran the Suzuki works motorcycle racing team and recruited Barry Sheene who went on to secure the 1976 and 1977 World Championship titles. Agg was also involved in the early days of McLaren – the forerunner to the current Formula One team.

Agg had a lifelong fascination with motor sport and this is reflected in the range of memorabilia offered in the sale. The collection of Monte Carlo Rally and other heritage vehicle memorabilia has an estimate of £150-£200. A collection of Mille Miglia heritage run memorabilia also from the Agg estate is expected to fetch between £120-£150.

There is still time to submit entries for the well regarded Spring West Country Sporting Sale which takes place at The Octagon Salerooms on Friday, April 4.

Contact Stuart Triggol at the sale room before the entry deadline of Monday, March 10, if you have a suitable item.

This eagerly anticipated sale will feature a wide selection of paintings including watercolours and prints plus an impressive array of taxidermy.

To contact the saleroom please phone 01823 332525.

Bronze figure

Stay in the picture at March monthly sale

February 2014

Paintings to delight all tastes and pockets are offered in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, March 6, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Two ballet studies by esteemed artist Dame Laura Knight the first woman to be elected a full member of the Royal Academy are included. Each lot has an estimate of £400-£600.

A captivating scene of a figure on a country path at sunset by popular Victorian landscape painter Benjamin Williams Leader RA is another crowd pleaser. It is guided at £500-£800.

A canal scape by Arthur Wilde Parsons is delightful. It is thought to show the River Avon between Bristol and Bath and is guided at £350-£450.

It’s not just top quality paintings that are on offer. An imposing bronze by Georges Bareau is another eye catcher. The impressive 19th Century French figure entitled The Blacksmith was cast by Barbedienne. It is a superb example of the artist’s work and is guided at £1,200-£1,800.

There is an impressive selection of furniture in the sale. The stand out item is a large Victorian burr walnut pedestal desk. It includes a bookcase superstructure and is estimated at £1,000-£1,500. There are also many dining chairs, upholstered chairs, plus an appealing Continental cabinet on stand. This item has an estimate of £400-£600.

As ever the jewellery section is very strong. A black opal and diamond pendant necklace is a very smart example and has a guide of £1,500-£2,000.

Rare Wellington pattern silver flatware named after the Duke of Wellington is guided at £500-£700.

A tiny Japanese ivory netsuke – a well-carved figure - of a monkey studying another netsuke has an estimate of £200-£300.

Viewing for the sale and the quarterly collectors’ sale takes place on Saturday, March 1, from 9am-12.30pm. The entries can also be viewed on Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5, from 9am-5pm at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

For further details please call the sale room on 01823 332525.

Railway Clock

Plenty to signal interest of the collector

February 2014

A clock that used to grace a Westcountry signal box is one of the attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first collectors’ sale of the year on Friday, March 7.

The clock was brought along to a recent advisory day at the firm’s South Molton branch.

The timepiece, which dates from around 1900, used to keep time at Bishops Nympton and Molland Station on the now defunct Devon and Somerset Railway. It has a guide of £500-£700.

It is among a large selection of railwayana in the sale. A British Rail totem sign for Widney Manor in the brown and cream livery of the Western region is guided at £500-£600.

Of local interest is an enormous collection of Taunton bottles – both glass and stoneware – brought together over the course of a lifetime.

Among the examples are three early 20th Century jars from The County Stores in Taunton guided at £50-£60; bottles from The Hood Arms at Kilve and the Crown and Sceptre in Taunton.

Bottles from various Taunton wine merchants – including a Mr Greenslade – are included.

There are also Codd bottles – these were designed for mineral waters and other carbonated drinks. The Codd-neck bottle was designed and manufactured to enclose a marble and a rubber washer/gasket in the neck. These proved popular with youngsters who used to smash the bottles to collect the marble! The bottles are now popular with collectors.

Around 300 lots will feature in the sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. It gets underway at 10am on Friday, March 7.

The sale will be on view on Saturday, March 1, 9am-12.30pm and Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5, from 9am-5pm.

For further details please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.

2 Evercreech Way

Well placed for good transport links

February 2014

A modern warehouse/industrial unit close to the M5 at Highbridge is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

As well as its excellent position another of the unit’s appealing features is its enormous eaves height which span a minimum of 6.2 metres and extend to 8 metres in parts.

Another bonus is that there is a secure compound to the front of Unit 2 Evercreech Way, Walrow Industrial Estate, Highbridge. The premises are also near the main A38 Bristol to Taunton road.

It is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £425,000. The premises are also offered to let on a new lease at £40,000 per annum.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “It is a clear span good quality warehouse building benefiting from an impressive 6.2 metre minimum eaves height and a security fenced yard to the front for parking and external storage.”

The unit extends to 9,600 sq ft (892 sq m) in total and is suitable for storage, industrial and production use.

To arrange a viewing or for further details please contact the sole agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01823) 334455.

Charles Clark, Auctioneer

£14M of property sold at auction

February 2014

Leading auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt sold more than £14M worth of  property at specialist sales last year.

The firm was founded on the art of auctioneering and has a proven track record in this type of sale conducting numerous property auctions throughout Somerset, Dorset and Devon each year.

The high profile sales attract local, regional and national clients who are keen to benefit from the firm’s professionalism and in-depth market knowledge.

Property auctions remain a popular – and successful mode of sale. Their convenience and speed appeal along with the evidence that a higher price can often be achieved in the heat of the auction room than by private treaty sales.

For example a detached cottage requiring renovation at Crickham, near Wedmore, went for £470,000 last year from a guide of £250,000-£300,000.

Pre-sale marketing helps to create a “buzz” around a property and the whole process can help maximize a sale prior to auction. A period village cottage requiring renovation in Kents Orchard, South Chard, was a prime example of this. It was guided at £80,000, but sold prior to auction for £110,000. Equally popular was a detached cottage at Ilminster. It was guided at £150,000, but was snapped up prior to auction for £195,000.

Meanwhile an equestrian unit with 16.57 acres including stabling and gallops at Wedmore bested its guide price of £150,000 and went for £180,000 at auction.

Land sales are an important part of the property auction business too. Last year 4.77 acres of pastureland at Buckland St Mary achieved £60,000 from a guide of  £25,000.

Similarly 9.48 acres of pastureland at Othery achieved £72,000 from a guide of £55,000.

A diverse range of properties from houses and Grade II listed buildings, to farms and smallholdings, are all offered by the firm, at regular property auctions.

The next auction takes place at The Castle Hotel, Taunton, on Tuesday, March 4, from 2.30pm where 10 lots are on offer. A property auction will also take place at The Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster, on Tuesday, March 25 with nine lots. For up-to-date details on the auctions see www.gth.net

In the current market, selling by auction is an important and attractive method of sale.

If you are considering a sale by auction please contact: Justin Lowe MRICS (Yeovil office) tel: (01935) 415300 or email: justin.lowe@gth.net, Charles Clark M.A (Cantab) MRICS FAAV (Chard office)  tel: (01460) 238383 or email: charles.clark@gth.net or Jeremy Bell  FRICS, FAAV, IRRV, FARLA, FLAA (Burnham-on-Sea office) tel: (01278) 765588 or email: jeremy.bell@gth.net.

The firm also holds regular, successful livestock, agricultural machinery and antique auctions.

George Arthur Fripp watercolour: £1,300

Dramatic view takes top spot at sale

February 2014

Relentless rain did not dampen the spirits of visitors to Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday. (Feb 6)

Strong bidding from the room and on phone lines ensured another successful and well-supported sale for the auctioneers.

Highlights included a fine landscape by the well-regarded artist George Arthur Fripp. His watercolour of sheep grazing beside a river in a mountainous landscape – thought to be the Isle of Skye - proved irresistible to a phone bidder. Following spirited bidding it was secured for £1,300 – the top price of the day.

A striking, portrait of a gentleman, resplendent in full wig, was also bought by a phone bidder. The oil on canvas by a follower of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723) was sold for £550.

Phone bidders did not have it all their own way. A buyer in the room landed a good pair of diamond cluster earrings – the hammer coming down at £850.

Demand for Chinese silver remains undimmed. Bidding for a pair of late 19th Century Chinese export silver bowls began at £150 and kept climbing. Interest on the phone and in the room saw bidding rise steadily, with the tenacious room bidder besting the phone rival with a final bid of £700.

Two similar Chinese export silver bowls, again from the 19th Century, generated a lot of interest and went for £400 to the same room bidder.

Furniture also attracted a great deal of interest. A leather James Shoolbred armchair was secured with a bid in the room at £720, while a William IV mahogany reading table fetched £540.

A beautiful ebony frame containing 11 miniatures of Mughal palaces and buildings was sold for £370.

A 19th Century Italian micro mosaic depicting the Doves of Pliny made £260, while a Westcountry longcase clock by Barnstaple maker William Dyer went for £350.

In the ceramics section a dainty Meissen allegorical figure of “Touch” was one of the star lots. The 14.5cm figure achieved a mighty £450.

An attractive silver oval twin handled tray from the 20th Century made £450.

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, March 6, and is followed on Friday, March 7, by the first collectors’ sale of the year. Both events start at 10am.

Calendars of the sale dates for the monthly and specialist sales are now available to collect from the auctioneers.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. For more details or to arrange a home visit contact 01823 332525.

Polar Pick Axe

Chance to pick over some Polar history

February 2014

An intriguing piece of Polar history comes to market at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist collectables sale on Friday, March 7, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

An ice pick belonging to explorer James W. Dell is sure to generate interest among Antarctic memorabilia enthusiasts. This distinctive piece has a pre-sale guide of £500-£1,000.

Although Dell did not travel on Scott’s ill-fated final trip to the South Pole where the explorer perished he was part of Scott’s first effort to reach the Pole – the National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904. Dell was among just three survivors of this trip.

During that expedition he served as an able seaman aboard Discovery. He took part in a couple of sledging journeys and his skills as a sail maker were put to good effect making canvas ration bags and sleeping bags.

He also joined the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition of 1921-1922 where he served as boatswain and electrician aboard the Quest.

Dell was one of the last men to see Shackleton on the night he died aboard the Quest and was a pallbearer at his funeral. Given his skills he may also have sewn Shackleton’s body into its shroud. He is also credited with making the original wooden cross that marked Shackleton’s grave on South Georgia.

Dell was held in high regard by Scott who wrote a reference for him in 1909 describing him as “one of the best men on the expedition - cheerful, hardworking and very intelligent.”

While on the voyage with Scott he suffered a serious injury while stripping blubber from a seal and was invalided out of the Navy.

However by the time of the First World War he was back in uniform and served in the Dardanelles and the North Sea. He retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1921.

He continued to lead an intrepid lifestyle and in the Second World War served in the Special Operations Executive in Somerset.

He spent his retirement in the county and was a founder member of the Antarctic Club. He continued to attend their annual dinners until 1966 – two years prior to his death at the age of 88.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Spring Specialist Collectables sale takes place from 10am on Friday, March 7.

For further details about the sale contact Peter Rixon or Mike Hooper on (01823) 332525.

Derek Biss & Paul Jenkins

New associate appointed at Greenslade Taylor Hunt

January 2014

Paul Jenkins, residential branch manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Chard office, has just been promoted to the position of associate.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “As a multi-disciplined partnership it is essential to have a good balance of associates from across our divisions. 

“With their considerable input into the stability and the growth of our business all of our associates are held in high regard. We are delighted to invite Paul Jenkins into this important tier of our business enhancing our property department in his role as Senior Branch Manager of the Chard office.”

Paul, 49, moved to the firm around 19 months ago, having previously worked for a major national estate agent in Bristol and a spell at an agency in Devon.

He has around 30-years experience of estate agency and is delighted with his move to Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

He said: “They are a really brilliant team – experienced, motivated and focussed. Everybody is here because they want to be here. They want to do the job and enjoy it. A good agent can be of real assistance to sellers and buyers.

“We are here to help people sell their houses from flats to mansions. We are here to help everybody.”

Paul is confident about the property market in the year ahead and aims to build on the success of last year.

He said: “The area is great. We have a superb catchment area – Chard, the surrounding villages and stunning countryside.

“There is more confidence among buyers and sellers. It’s a very positive outlook.”

In his spare time Paul makes the most of the outdoors and enjoys mountain biking, kayaking and fly-fishing.

To find out how Greenslade Taylor Hunt could help you with your next property move call into the Chard office at 1 High Street or phone (01460) 238382.

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Catchment Sensitive Farming Grant Scheme

January 2014

Natural England has recently re-opened the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) grant scheme.

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Ask the Agent!

January 2014

Richard Webber from Greenslade Taylor Hunt reviews the busy start of year property market

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Former Brickyard

Rare chance to buy commercial land

January 2014

The chance to develop a commercial site with good transport presents itself through property experts Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The former brickyard at Higher Poole, Wellington, is just a mile from the A38 and only two from Junction 26 of the M5.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a rare opportunity for an owner occupier or investor to buy a plot of land with planning consent for commercial use.

“The planning consent permits the construction of  six industrial units totalling 5,358 sq ft plus parking for 19 vehicles, yard space and landscaping for each unit. However, we do not envisage a buyer having any difficulty changing this to suit their requirements.”

The detailed permission allows for a block of three terraced units of 872 sq ft each, a separate block of two units of 891 sq ft each and a detached unit of 960 sq ft. There will be parking for 19 vehicles along with yards to the front of each unit, bin stores and associated landscaping.

It fronts the road and benefits from convenient connection to mains water, electricity and drainage.

The site is close to a number of other commercial enterprises including light industrial, production and office space.

It is on the market at a guide price of £105,000. To arrange a viewing or for more details contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Lisa Vaughan MARLA

New Lettings Department Opens In Our Busy Sherborne Office

January 2014

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are happy to announce the opening of a new lettings department within our busy Sherborne office. 

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Chinese silver vases

Much to appeal at monthly antiques sale

January 2014

A mouthwatering array of appealing antiques will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Highlights include a watercolour by the well-regarded painter George Arthur Fripp. The painting thought to be of the Isle of Skye features sheep grazing beside a river in a mountainous landscape. Renowned for his rendering of mainly scenic British views the painting has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

For fans of fine furniture there is an example of a leather upholstered armchair by quality designer James Shoolbred. This has a guide of  £100-£150.

Chinese items continue to enjoy strong demand and a pair of export silver bowls with the maker’s mark “W.H.” for Wang Hing and Company are sure to prove popular with sale goers. Dating from the late 19th Century they are guided at £100-£150.

Pre-sale viewing will take place on Saturday, February 1, from 9am-12.30pm and on Tuesday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 5, from 9am-5pm. The sale gets underway at 10am on Thursday, February 6.

Entries are being accepted for two Spring specialist sales – a collectors’ sale on Friday, March 7, and the ever popular West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, April 4.

The collectors’ sale is one of four planned for the year building on the success of last year’s two events.

A full list of sale dates is available to view on line at www.gth.net

Sale calendars featuring all the events taking place at The Octagon Salerooms throughout the year will be available to collect from the auctioneers shortly.

Further details about the sales and information about free home visits are available by ringing the sale rooms on  01823 332525.

Stuart Triggol

Antiques and collectables experts hit the road

January 2014

Antiques experts from Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be hitting the road and offering advice sessions at branch offices in Somerset, Dorset and Devon.

The aim is to make it easier for people who cannot reach The Octagon Salerooms, in East Reach, Taunton, for the free weekly Monday valuation mornings to have their antiques and collectables assessed closer to home.

The events will also enable people who would like to enter lots in forthcoming sales to drop off items at a Greenslade Taylor Hunt office and save them the trouble of a trip to Taunton.

Advisory sessions will take place at Greenslade Taylor Hunt branches in Dorchester, Sherborne, Yeovil, Wells and South Molton as well as the Sedgemoor Auction Centre off Junction 24 of the M5 from February.

Respected collectables expert, Peter Rixon, will host the first advisory morning at the Dorchester office at Westgate House, 45 High West Street, Dorchester, on Wednesday, February 19th from 10am-12noon.

Peter is a well-regarded collectables and antiques specialist and has made appearances on a host of television antiques programmes including Flog It!

The firm’s first specialist collectables sale of the year takes place on Friday, March 7. Three other collectors’ sales will take place later in the year, building on the success of last year’s events.

Long-serving and highly knowledgeable Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol, will oversee the advice morning in South Molton on Thursday, February 20. This will run from 10am-12noon at the branch at 23 Broad Street, South Molton.

Stuart has a special interest in the firm’s biannual West Country Sporting Sales. The Spring sale will take place on Friday, April 4.

Stuart will also host an advice morning at the Wells branch at 74 High Street, Wells, on Wednesday, February 26, from 10am-12noon.

Peter will visit the Sherborne branch at 3 Cheap Street, Sherborne, on Thursday, February 27, from 10am-12noon, to offer his expertise. He will be at the Yeovil office at 22 Princes Street, to offer valuations and advice from 2pm-4pm on Thursday, February 27.

The firm will also have antique valuers present at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, just off Junction 24 of the M5 on Saturday, Feb 15.

Entries are being accepted for the next regular monthly sale which takes place on Thursday, February 6. Further information about the advice dates is available by calling (01823) 332525.

12 Hammet Street

Prestige building available in town’s premier business location

January 2014

Hammet Street in the heart of Taunton’s business district provides the ideal address for a firm’s headquarters.

The opportunity to acquire this prime address within the shadow of St Mary Magdelene Church now presents itself as 12 Hammet Street is being offered for sale through Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £325,000.

The attractive character building is Grade II listed and would make a fine headquarters premises as it is conveniently placed for access to Taunton’s car parks and other facilities.

The substantial office accommodation is arranged over three floors and extends to 3,000 sq ft (278.70 sq m). In addition to the large office space there is a reception area, ancillary stores, walk in safes and staff toilets. Outside there is a rear yard and separate outbuilding that could provide more storage space.

The building has until recently been occupied by Everys solicitors who have moved to new premises.

For further details and to arrange a viewing contact the Commercial Department of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Orb & Sceptre Brooch

Flying start for antiques at monthly sale

January 2014

There was plenty to interest antiques aficionados at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first monthly sale of 2014.

The well-attended event at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday (January 9) attracted a good crowd drawn in by the wide selection of antiques from jewellery to collectables, silver and paintings that were offered.

A vintage, Omega Seamaster 300 automatic divers wristwatch achieved top price of the day. The watch, circa 1970, went for £1,200.

A phone bidder secured a beautiful – and unusual – good quality Victorian diamond brooch modelled as the Orb and Sceptre, set with round, cushion and rose cut diamonds which was probably commissioned to mark a royal celebration or jubilee. It achieved a regal £850.

Furniture also achieved commendable prices. An attractive Liberty Arts and Crafts oak octagonal centre table sold for £720.

Other good prices in the furniture section included an early 20th Century glazed mirror backed shop display cabinet that went for £360. A set of six camel back dining chairs made £280.

An original Manuscript Score by Charles Villiers Stanford produced a bidding war between a telephone bidder and a room bidder eventually being secured by the telephone bidder at £700.

As ever Oriental items proved hot property with strong demand for ceramics and works of art.

An intricately carved late 19th Century Chinese carved ivory card case featuring figures amongst terraces and trees sold for £580. A smart Chinese blue and white porcelain vase dating from the 19th Century went for £380.

A substantial pair of carved oak ecclesiastical figures of the Virgin Mary and John The Baptist made £500.

Clocks in all their guises proved popular. A late 18th Century Lincolnshire longcase clock went for £380, while a decorative late 19th Century Continental gilt-bronze and black slate mantle clock achieved £290. Another mantle clock – a patinated and gilt spelter figural mantel clock also dating from the late 19th Century achieved £220.

Entries are being accepted for the next monthly sale which takes place on Thursday, February 6.

Items are also being accepted for the spring collectors’ sale and the West Country Sporting Sale. Contact Peter Rixon or Michael Hooper with collectors’ items and Stuart Triggol for sporting sale enquiries.

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday from 9am at the salerooms where there is plenty of free on site parking.

For details of free home visits by appointment please ring 01823 332525.

Peter makes welcome return to antiques team

Peter makes welcome return to antiques team

January 2014

Respected collectables’ expert Peter Rixon is to re-join the antiques department at leading auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt where he began his successful career.

The move enhances the team and is part of a plan to establish the firm as the leading antiques’ auctioneers in the South West.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, and the Partner in charge of the antiques division, said: “I am delighted to add another experienced valuer to the team.  Our investment in bringing Peter’s considerable expertise back to the county town of Taunton further enhances what is fast becoming one of the most prominent auction houses in the South West of England, without losing its personal touch and attention to detail, essential when building any business. We look forward to him joining us in the New Year.”

Mr Biss has been the Partner in charge of the antiques division for the past four years and is involved in sharing the rostrum duties at the well-regarded antiques sales.

Peter, who has appeared as an antiques expert on Flog It and other TV antiques programmes, graduated from Oxford University with a doctorate in medieval urban history in 1998 and joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt at its Magdalene House saleroom in Taunton.

He wrote the well-regarded Miller’s guide to Collecting Die cast Vehicles – an informed and in-depth publication which is the “go to” book for a wide range of collectors.

A highlight of his first stint with Greenslade Taylor Hunt was the sale of a rare early rod-jointed Steiff teddy bear that sold for £17,000.

After five successful years with Greenslade Taylor Hunt he joined Dreweatts-Bloomsbury in Bristol rising to the role of Associate Director where he specialised in all manner of collectors’ items, ephemera and books. The firm is the only auctioneers listed on the UK stock exchange.

He is delighted to re-join the antiques department of Greenslade Taylor Hunt that now occupies larger more prominent premises at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

He is impressed by the partnership’s forward-thinking approach and ethos and its desire to promote the antiques division of the business.

He admires the professional client-centred focus of Greenslade Taylor Hunt. He said it provided him with a good grounding in how a business should operate.

He wants to harness this together with the skills he has learned from the larger firm to provide an enhanced and more discerning service for clients and buyers.

Carved Figures

Plenty to appeal at first sale of the year

January 2014

There is a superb selection of lots in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first antiques auction of the New Year at The Octagon Salerooms, Taunton, next Thursday. (January 9)

Among the choice items is a fine example of early 18th Century furniture. The featherbanded walnut chest on stand, with a beautiful patina, is thought to date from 1700-1710 and is guided at £800-£1,200.

If you have fallen short in the Christmas present stakes there is still the chance to redeem yourself at the sale and snag a very appealing platinum, diamond and sapphire spray brooch into the bargain. This pretty piece has an estimate of £500-£700 and is certain to delight any lucky recipient.

Another eye-catcher is a 19th Century diamond brooch modeled as the Orb and Sceptre, presumably made for a Royal Jubilee or celebration.  It has an estimate £500-£700.

A more unusual lot features a pair of carved oak figures of the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist. The substantial and skillfully carved decorative items on octagonal bases come from a private Somerset chapel. They are guided at £500-£800.

The octagonal theme continues with an eight-sided Arts and Crafts Liberty design centre table. This attractive piece of furniture has an estimate of £300-£500.

A large selection of paintings will be included in the sale. A portrait of Oliver Cromwell is one of the highlights. The picture after Samuel Cooper is expected to fetch between £400-£600.

There is an interesting Oriental section including a Chinese carved card case. This intricate ivory piece is guided at £300-£500. A Japanese box and cover with a jaunty monkey design has an estimate of £150-£200. An 18th Century porcelain, famille verte balluster jar and cover is also being offered. It is damaged and that is reflected in the guide price of £200-£300.

Forget the January sales if you are after a classy dinner service then the Greenslade Taylor Hunt auction may be a more successful hunting ground. An “as new” 12 place setting Minton dinner service is being served up. The elegant golden symphony pattern design is guided at £100-£150.A range of ever-popular Moorcroft ceramics will feature in the sale at guide prices of between £80 and £200.

For those with an interest in seafaring there is an intriguing group of lots relating to the Stirlingshire. As well as a painting of the ship there is a ship’s sextant, a barometer and a large number of 19th Century maritime charts and other items believed to be linked with the vessel.

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Our Burnham men go hairy for Cancer Awareness

December 2013

All the men at the Burnham office partook with the Prostate Cancer Awareness theme and grew moustaches in the month of November. Photo taken at our last property auction to record the event for posterity reasons and not passport photo purposes. The lady judges felt Henry Brice's looked the best.

Shackleton “David Brown” Trackmaster 30

Rare model tractor drives into top spot at collectors’ sale

December 2013

A scarce model tractor was the star attraction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent December collectors’ sale.

Just 50 models were produced of the Shackleton “David Brown” Trackmaster 30. This rarity saw the tiny model make a whopping £1,550 at the well-attended event.

The bright red tractor measuring just 23cm long and 13cm dated from the 1950s. The little tractor in “play worn” condition and with its original box was one of a number of diecast models that proved popular with bidders. Other prices of note included £320 for a 1950s diecast Denzil Skinner Co Ltd Universal tractor and £300 for a collection of diecast vehicles that included an early Dinky Buick. A 1950s diecast model of a blue Fordson Major tractor went for £250.

Two framed sets of artwork on tiles from the 1971 film The Last Valley also proved popular. The film written and directed by James Clavell, who wrote the screenplay for The Great Escape, starred Michael Caine and also featured Omar Sharif. This unusual piece of celluloid memorabilia made £800.

Of local interest was a framed advertising poster for Starkey, Knight and Ford Limited – the now defunct brewers of wine and spirits and prize winning ales in Taunton, Bridgwater and Tiverton. This made an impressive £600.

More than 600 lots ranging from coins, medals and militaria, postcards to Taunton Cider mugs featured in the all-encompassing sale.

Two extremely fascinating albums each with more than 300 postcards of Taunton in the early 20th Century caught the eye. One made £520, and the second achieved £400.

Six Victorian 1896 half sovereigns mounted as a bracelet made £500.

Interest in militaria and medals proved keen. A Malay medal and ribbon and two oak leaves had attracted plenty of pre-sale interest. A phone bidder secured it with a bid of £250.

A collection of World War I medals went under the hammer at £160, while a World War I Imperial Prussian helmet made £160. A matched pair of German Naval daggers in good condition went for £460.

Despite a tear to the front hem an Andy Warhol souper dress featuring a Campbells soup design made £270 and a jolly red child’s ride on Vespa made £420.

Entries are being accepted for the next monthly antiques sale which takes place at The Octagon Salerooms on Thursday, January 9. This will include a special paintings section.

Necklace

Sale serves up a host of high prices

December 2013

The final monthly sale of the year at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton auction rooms last Thursday (Dec 5) served up a fine selection of strong prices across the board.

Top billing went to a late 19th Century Russian silver four piece tea and coffee service with associated tray that achieved £2,600. This attracted plenty of interest  - with three phone bidders among those vying for ownership of the service.

A magnificent Edwardian Satinwood serpentine fronted display cabinet made £1,800, while a Breitling Navitimer Chronograph watch which had seen better days – the glass scratched and with a crack – went for £1,600.

The undoubted highlight of the jewellery section was a beautiful carved jade seed pearl and lapis lazuli necklace. The hammer went down at £1,050 to a buyer in the room.

Of local interest was a circular wall clock that formerly graced the gallery at Hatch Beauchamp Church, near Taunton. This attractive timepiece was secured by a phone bidder for £480.

There was an eclectic range of items on offer at the sale including an African tribal carved ivory figure. Concerted bidding saw the hammer fall at £680.

An early 19th Century album of watercolour sketches by Alicia Anne Shring made £340.

A buyer in the saleroom secured a pair of George II silver old English pattern basting spoons for £330.

Once again demand for Oriental items proved robust. A successful phone bid of £300 procured a Shibayama inlaid hardwood tablescreen, which was decorated with birds and flowers.

Three phone bidders joined the fray to own an Art Deco Carlton ware shaped oval dish. This went for £200.

Entries are being accepted for the next sale, which takes place on Thursday, January 9.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday morning from 9am at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. There is plenty of parking on site. For further details contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.

81-83 Station Road, Taunton

Retirement serves up tasty opportunity

December 2013

Longstanding Taunton chip shop owners Keith and Susan Markham will be switching off the deep fat fryer and spending more time in Spain as they plan a well deserved retirement.

The couple have run The Plaza at 81-83 Station Road, Taunton, for 20 years and before that Keith worked for the former owner for the previous 20 years.

“It will be a sad day for me when we leave,” said Mr Markham.

The traditional fish and chips restaurant and takeaway serves a large catchment area and now with the Markhams retirement there is the opportunity for a new owner to extend the opening hours of the premises.

Mr Markham said: “There is plenty of scope here for early and late trade.”

The large premises could be reconfigured to suit the purchaser’s requirements. Situated in the heart of Station Road’s popular takeaway and restaurant area there would be the option to alter the focus from fish and chips to a different type of restaurant. It could also lend itself to retail use. There are a number of successful independent retailers in the street.

The ground floor extends to 1,910 sq ft plus yard and parking to the rear. There is also potential to develop to the rear to provide residential accommodation subject to planning.

In addition to the good-sized retail space there are two one bedroom flats on the first floor. These have independent access and are both let on assured shorthold tenancies generating an income of £840 per calendar month.

The premises are available through Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £275,000.

For further details ring Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Breitling Watch

Watch this space for glamour and glitz

December 2013

Forget the usual festive shopping haunts if you want to snaffle a unique treat this season then Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, is the perfect place to find a true Christmas cracker.

Watches never go out of fashion and they are currently enjoying buoyant prices throughout the antiques market.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has a show-stopping ladies 18-carat white gold and diamond Omega watch at its monthly sale on Thursday, December 5. This lovely example has a price tag of between £500-£800.

For the action man only one make of watch will do – Breitling. This brand offers the ultimate in cool gadgetry – if your plane’s instruments fail it can take over the calculations. No wonder the Breitling Navimeter was named official watch of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in the 1960s! A boxed Breitling Navitimer circa 1969 is being offered in the sale at a guide price of £800-£1,200.

With the presents sorted turn your attention to giving your festive table some high-class style. Elkington, the eminent silversmiths of the 19th Century, pioneered and patented the electroplating process. An impressive Victorian silver centrepiece by the firm is offered in the December sale. This highly decorative piece is guided at £400-£600.

For more top end elegance a set of old Sheffield plate meat covers will give your table  a touch of Downtown Abbey refinement. This graded trio has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

A four piece Russian silver tea and coffee service would finish off proceedings with a flourish. This lovely ensemble is guided at £800-£1,200.

Meanwhile fashionistas need to make a date for Friday, December 6, for the chance to get their hands on an iconic Andy Warhol Pop Art dress. The epitome of cool comes under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s collectors’ sale.

The souper silkscreen on cotton paper dress features a series of Campbells Soup tins. It has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

It is among a host of highly desirable items ranging from stamps and postcards, to militaria, die cast models and toys, to film memorabilia, at this eclectic sale of more than 600 lots.

Items for both sales are on view on Saturday, November 30, from 9am-12.30pm. Viewing continues on December 3 and 4 from 9am-5pm. The monthly sale commences at 10.30am on Thursday, December 5. The collectors’ sale gets underway at 10.30am on December 6.

To contact the salerooms call 01823 332525.

Seasons Greetings from Greenslade Taylor Hunt

December Newsletter

December 2013

2013 has proved to be a year of change in the property market reflecting an increase in confidence in the UK economy. Optimism at the start of the year was justified although the wheels for property above £500,000 was slow to get underway and many good properties, particularly in the £750,000 to £1,000,000 bracket, still remain available. 

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Wilfred Road, Taunton

Workshops offer best of both worlds

November 2013

Three workshop buildings close to Taunton town centre, but with easy access to the motorway provide the best of both worlds for would-be occupiers.

The interconnecting units in Wilfred Road, just off East Reach, the main route into Taunton, are available to let at competitive rents.

Duncan Brown, Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, one of the firm’s marketing the site, said: “This is a rare opportunity for town centre workshop units with easy access to the motorway, a good yard and suitable for motor trade/engineering type uses amongst others.”

The units, available via the instructions of the Nationwide Crash Repair Centres, which are available separately or as a whole, provide units of 2,135 sq ft, 4,333 sq ft and 7,060 sq ft".

Each unit has its own independent vehicle and pedestrian access to the front. The largest (Unit D) has a ground floor reception/office along with a kitchen and disabled toilet. On the first floor is an office with two storerooms.

All three units have a exhaust extraction equipment, compressed airlines and heating, whilst units D and A both have hydraulic ramps.  Unit B includes two paint ovens that are available via separate negotiation.

To arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01823) 334455 or call Burston Cook on (0117) 3149952.

Chairman with the newly qualified surveyors

Double celebration for newly qualified Chartered Surveyors

November 2013

Two members of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt have become fully-fledged chartered surveyors and have earned the right to add MRICS after their names.

Tom Mellor, 28, who works in the firm’s agricultural office at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, near Bridgwater, and Henry Brice, 24, who works in the Burnham-on-Sea office are now qualified agricultural surveyors after passing their APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) exams.

Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Derek Biss, said: “The final exams to achieve full member status of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are always a major hurdle for Agricultural Surveyors. Greenslade Taylor Hunt are proud to announce that both Tom Mellor and Henry Brice have passed these exams at the first attempt.

“They have enhanced the reputation of the partnership of Greenslade Taylor Hunt to produce qualified agricultural professionals with an excellent future within our network.”

APC qualification and membership of the RICS are both quality assurance standards. It gives clients the knowledge and reassurance that they are dealing with professionals who know their market and uphold the highest standards and ethics.

Henry joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt two years ago after completing his degree at Harper Adams University, in Shropshire, which is renowned for its focus on agricultural based studies and embarked on his APC training.

He used his regular Mondays off – he works in Sedgemoor Auction Centre on a Saturday – to do the studying necessary for his hard earned status as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Tom, who is from a farming background, joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt after A-levels as an administrator. Encouraged and supported by the Partners he has completed his degree, awarded by Reading University, and his APC training via distance learning, while holding down a full-time job.

The effort for both men has been worth it. Tom enjoyed the fact that the course allowed him to draw on the knowledge he was gaining in the working environment, while Henry, who grew up on the Mendips, has always been interested in agriculture and auctioneering.

Tom relishes the range of work being a general practice rural surveyor entails from water compensation to landlord/tenant matters.

“My role is extremely diverse, with no two days the same, “ he said.

Picture caption: Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, (centre) congratulates newly qualified surveyors Henry Brice (left) and Tom Mellor (right).

Charles Clark

Strong demand for Farm Land

November 2013

A late season auction at The Shrubbery Hotel demonstrated the continuing strength of the land market.  Top of the day was the sale of 33.55 acres at Sutton Montis, near Yeovil and Sherborne which realised £270,000, just over £8,000 per acre.  On the levels and moors, a 9.48 acre field near Othery realised £72,000 while a typical permanent pasture field at King’s Moor near Long Load of 7.2 acres made £30,000 despite drove access only.  At the same auction a small lane side cottage on the edge of Othery requiring complete refurbishment sold for £94,000.

Auctioneer, Charles Clark, reported that both vendors and purchasers seemed delighted with the transactions.  The demand for farm land in particular is strong and this is drawing one or two more vendors to the market taking advantage of the opportunity to raise reasonably substantial sums for other ventures.  In the meantime farming businesses in particular are continuing to look to expand whilst there appears to be no shortage of investors who see land as an excellent haven for any spare resources.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt have further auctions scheduled for December and are already taking entries across their office network for auctions in the spring.

Simon Havens

Article recently published in the Mid Somerset News “Praise for agency’s help at difficult time”

November 2013

Estate agents sometimes get a bad press, so it makes an uplifting change to find a real-life story from a vendor who could not be more happy with the service she received.

Traci Posting’s situation was a difficult one and the last thing she needed was more stress when she had to move home.  In the end she was so pleased with the way her move was handled by a mid-Somerset estate agency that she went to the length of contacting this newspaper to give an account of her experiences.

Traci told us that she moved into her cottage, in Pilton, about seven years ago.

“It was my dream come true, a picturesque cottage, flagstone floors and inglenook fireplaces,” she said.  “I was married at the time and we had moved out of London to bring our two children up away from the bustle of the city”.

After a few years the marriage ended and Traci found it was a struggle being alone with the children in quite an isolated spot.

Then some painful life events, including her daughter becoming very unwell, meant the family needed to move into town to be closer to support facilities.

Traci said: “I chose Greenslade Taylor Hunt initially because Simon Havens offered an honest appraisal of the property and was on time for the valuation appointment, in contrast to the three other agents I contacted, one of whom failed to turn up on the right day.”

“I was very anxious about the sale and was one of those irritating customers that phone all the time being a nuisance.  Tina Chance closely managed my sale and to be honest she became my guardian angel too.”

Traci says Tina never tired of her constant questions and always responded promptly.

“She spoke to other agents and solicitors in the chain on my behalf,” said Traci.

“Much of this is an estate agent’s role anyway but Tina did so much more.  She has such warmth and kindness that went much further than the role of an estate agent.  It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am to her and the team at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.”

“So I want to say thank you.  Thank you for managing the sale.  Thank you for finding me lovely buyers who will love the cottage as much as I did.  Thank you for understanding my situation and supporting me throughout.”

Responding to Traci’s praise, Simon Havens, partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt said: “Thank you for your kind words, Traci, and we were delighted to assist with your move.  We do place a large emphasis on teamwork within the office which contributes to a high level of client satisfactory.”

Jeremy Bell

Property professionals support RNLI’s 10th anniversary ball

November 2013

A glittering ball to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Burnham-on-Sea’s lifeboat station took place on Saturday (November 9)

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, the property partnership, which has one of its 17 offices in the town, was the main sponsor for the well-attended event.

Partner, Jeremy Bell, who runs the Burnham office, was among the guests at the ball at the Webbington Hotel, near Loxton.

He said: “Having had a business association with the seaside town since operating the firm’s Burnham-on- Sea office over the past 30 years - and being involved in leisure properties which brand themselves as being in a coastal town - it was apt to be able to support this worthy charity on my doorstep, as many a time I have seen the crew in action from the Esplanade.”

The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station – the RNLI’s newest station on the Somerset coast. It operates two inshore lifeboats from Burnham serving an area from Watchet to Brean Down.

Around 30 volunteer boat crew, shore crew and officers make up the Burnham team that stands ready to tackle any life-threatening emergency at sea. They rely entirely on voluntary donations to operate.

Saturday’s ball was a major fundraiser as well as celebration for the charity. A silent auction and raffle helped boost vital funds during the evening.

Guests enjoyed a splendid three-course meal before dancing the night away to Doctor Chocolate and a disco.

Southgate Park

Specialist ensures sale is in safe hands

November 2013

Property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to announce the conclusion of a successful sale on behalf of Somerset Partnership NHS Trust of a large former healthcare site in Bridgwater.

The firm was tasked with selling the Southgate Park site at 2-4 Taunton Road, Bridgwater. The aim was to find an appropriate purchaser to take possession in the summer of 2013.

Unfortunately an agreed sale fell through earlier this year and Greenslade Taylor Hunt had to act swiftly to identify a new purchaser and meet the agreed deadline.

Happily in just 10 weeks the firm managed to find a suitable buyer and conclude the deal.

The new occupier is a healthcare operator and although the sum paid for the property is undisclosed the site had been on the market at a guide price of £1m.

Graham Ford, Partner, responsible for negotiating the deal said: “These are large purpose built premises. We were very pleased to identify a suitable purchaser and negotiate terms and achieve an exchange of contracts within a very short period of time.”

The prominent site in Taunton Road, the main gateway into Bridgwater, includes substantial buildings  - Beech Court and Wyvern Court. These were built in the mid-1990s and provide residential care.

In the past 18 months Greenslade Taylor Hunt has sold a number of care homes and hospitals throughout the region, notably a former 30-bedroom care home in Bridgwater and Ruishton Court, a large nursing home near Taunton.

If you are looking to market a similar property or are seeking to acquire the same please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334466.

Collection of Die-Cast Tractors

Collection of Die-Cast Tractors

November 2013

A Collection of Die-cast model Tractors from the 1950's including a SHACKLETON "DAVID BROWN" TRACKMASTER 30 in red (1 of only 50 produced)

This interesting tractor along with others, have been entered in our forthcoming Collectors Sale on Friday 6th December at the Octagon Salesroom. 

Other items of interest include:

  • Coins
  • Militaria
  • Postcards
  • Stamps
  • Trains
  • Golfing equipment
  • TV and film memorabilia
  • Books (inc James Bond)
  • Dolls and Bears
  • Taunton Cider Mugs
  • Cameras and Binoculars etc

 

For further details please contact Mike Hooper on 01823 332525 or e-mail mike.hooper@gth.net

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Russian Painting

Russian “sleeper” awakes at Greenslade Taylor Hunt sale

November 2013

International bidders tussled to secure a 19th Century Russian oil painting and sent prices rocketing at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s November monthly sale.

Enormous pre-sale interest was stoked up when the picture by Alexander Gine (1830-1880) was featured on the auctioneers’ online catalogue.

Phone bidders from across the world, including Ukraine and New York, attempted to secure the painting. It was eventually knocked down to a determined buyer in the room for £22,500.

The picture, which achieved the top price of the day, was consigned from a local vendor who had no idea of the painting’s potential value.

It was among a strong painting section - a large-scale battle scene realised £4,500, while a portrait of Captain Robert Poole, a Somerset mariner who is buried in the churchyard at Staplegrove, near Taunton, made £550.

Another star performer was a very rare Lund’s Bristol cream boat. Perfect examples have been known to fetch up to £10,000. This piece was cracked and repaired, but its condition did not deter determined collectors. Eventually a phone bidder secured it for £2,200.

Strong interest continues in Oriental ceramics and works of art which were both well represented at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A Chinese famille verte charger made £600, while a white jade desk weight achieved £700. A good quality Japanese ivory Shibayama box went for £620. Top price in this section was a Chinese figural ewer that made £1,000.

It was the auctioneers’ best sale of the year with robust prices achieved across all sections – a bronze figure made £1,300 and a Welsh longcase clock went for £1,600.

A dazzling selection of jewellery also caught the eye and there was concerted bidding for the most prized pieces. A good diamond three stone ring – the central old cut diamond weighing around one carat - went for £1250.

High prices were achieved for a large selection of jewellery including a Middle Eastern gold filigree bangle that went for £820. A dainty and appealing Victorian diamond and sapphire brooch modelled as a bunch of flowers made £620.

Australian Arts and Crafts silver proved another draw. A number of lots by the well-regarded maker James Linton sold well. Highlights included a pair of silver serving spoons that went for £290 to a phone bidder.

The next monthly sale is on Thursday, December 5. It will be followed by a collectors sale on Friday, December 6.

Further details are available from the salerooms on 01823 332525.

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25 Organic British Friesian and Blue Roan Cows

November 2013

Complete dispersal sale of 25 Organic British Friesian and Blue Roan Cows to inc 2 incalf heifers.

Calving all year round; various ages; incalf to Aberdeen Angus; Cubicle housed and Abreast Parlour. (Glos)

Ref DRB/KH

Stockmoor Village units

Versatile retail units with customers “on tap”

November 2013

Just three units at a new village hub are available to let. Keen retailers have already snapped up the other four units at Stockmoor Village, Bridgwater.

The versatile units have planning consent for a host of different uses including retail, financial and professional services, restaurant/café, drinking establishments or a hot food takeaway. It is possible a doctor’s surgery would also be acceptable subject to planning consent.

Stockmoor Village is part of the South Bridgwater master plan covering 256 acres (104 hectares) of new development including housing, a primary school, a 70-bed care home and the shopping centre. There are 16 apartments above the shopping centre.

Tenants at the £3.5m neighbourhood retail centre include a convenience store, a pharmacy, an independent fast food operator and a charity shop.

The scheme benefits from around 33-shopper car parking spaces plus 13 staff spaces.

There are a number of new housing developments and a soon to be built business park within walking distance of the retail centre.

Three units each of 1,000 sq ft are available on new leases by arrangement at £16,500.

For further details contact Duncan Brown, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455. The firm is jointly marketing the units with Alder King.

Selection of Tractors

Rare model tractor in December collectors sale

November 2013

A Shackleton “David Brown” Trackmaster 30 – one of only 50 produced – will be among the attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s December Collectors Sale on Friday, December 6.

Dating from the 1950s it is one of five lots of die-cast model tractors in the sale. The little red tractor, in “play worn” condition has an estimate of between £300 and £500.

Slides from the late 19th Century make up two lots in the diverse auction at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Early examples of colour and black and white slides of the British Army and London landmarks feature along with a slide viewer. This lot has an estimate of between £150-£250.

Popular children’s favourites such as Alice in Wonderland and the Pied Piper make up another lot of early slides with a guide of £50-£80.

Two framed sets of artwork on tiles from the 1971 film The Last Valley will also be included in the sale. The film written and directed by James Clavell, who wrote the screenplay for The Great Escape, starred Michael Caine and also featured Omar Sharif. This unusual piece of celluloid memorabilia is guided at £200-£300.

Continuing the cinematic theme a striking signed photograph of Elizabeth Taylor in the role of Cleopatra is also available. The 1963 epic was one of the most expensive films ever made. The signed photograph is a more affordable £100-£150.

A mixed album of postcards chronicling the early 1900s is a charming history of the time. It includes a Great Yarmouth lifeboat crew, Cornish fishermen and views of Hong Kong and China. It has an estimate of £50-£80.

Entries for this sale are being accepted until Friday, November 15.  For further details please contact Mike Hooper on 01823 332525 or e-mail mike.hooper@gth.net

Items in this sale will include books, trains, diecast vehicles, cameras, binoculars, dolls, bears, musical instruments, coins, stamps, militaria, fishing and golf equipment.

On Thursday, November 7, the usual monthly sale takes place at the salerooms from 10.30am. It will feature a large selection of paintings and jewellery.

Every Monday a free valuation session is held at the salerooms from 9am-1pm.

Picture captions:

A group of model tractors.

A signed photograph of Elizabeth Taylor in the iconic role of Cleopatra.

Battle of Sedgemoor

Battle of Sedgemoor painting offered at monthly sale

October 2013

A large scale painting said to be of the Battle of Sedgemoor – the last battle fought on English soil - will feature at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale on Thursday, November 7.

The enormous picture in a fine, ornate frame, has hung in the head office of a long established firm for the past 50 years.

It depicts the doomed final efforts of the Duke of Monmouth and his pitchfork army to overthrow James II and his highly trained forces at Westonzoyland, near Bridgwater.

Three days after his defeat in July 1685 Monmouth was captured. He was later executed. Hundreds of his supporters were put to death on the orders of “Bloody” Judge Jeffreys’.

The terrible battle resonates today and a large section of the County Museum in Taunton is devoted to a display about the Monmouth rebellion. The picture has a guide price of £2,000-£3,000.

It is among a number of paintings at next week’s auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A portrait of Captain Robert Poole, (1761-1833) holding a telescope under his right arm, a seascape with shipping beyond will also be offered.

Little is known about Captain Poole or his lengthy and successful maritime career. He is buried at St John’s Church, Staplegrove, Taunton., where a long epitaph bears witness to his character.

He is described as “a man distinguished alike by an enterprising spirit and inflexible integrity.”

It catalogues his career and records that he crossed the Equator to and from the Pacific Ocean 22 times; passed Cape Horn 17 times and sailed once around the globe. No mean feat in a time when even one voyage could prove fatal. He died at Staplegrove, Taunton, aged 72.

Viewing for the sale takes place on Saturday (November 2) from 9am-12.30pm and on Tuesday, November 5, and Wednesday, November 6, from 9am-5pm.

It will also be on view prior to the start of the sale at 10.30am on Thursday, November 7.

Lisa Vaughan

Lettings Department opens in Sherborne

October 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is delighted at the expansion of the Residential Lettings’ Department in our busy Sherborne Office. The department is being managed by Lisa Vaughan MARLA, who is an experienced member of staff committed to providing excellent customer service teamed with a friendly, local approach. Lisa has worked for the company for a number of years and is moving across from our already established Dorchester office. She is local to the area and brings with her a wealth of local knowledge and residential skill. Lisa commented ‘I am really looking forward to the move and the opportunity of establishing the lettings department at our Sherborne office; I feel there is a need within the town and aim to deliver a first-class service to landlords and tenants alike’.

Senior Lettings Manager, Sonia Matthews, added “we have for some time recognised the need to expand the rental department in Sherborne and with our recent acquisition of the Sherwoods’ properties feel that now is the ideal time. Greenslade Taylor Hunt is one of the largest and longest established firms of Chartered Surveyors, Auctioneers, Property Specialists and Letting Agents in the South West, with over 150 years’ experience – and still independently owned to this day. We have a well-established Lettings’ department with offices throughout the West Country and by opening this department are looking to continue our excellent customer service and tailored letting packages to suit both landlords and tenants in and around the Sherborne area. I am extremely confident that Lisa will be able to provide this and am looking forward to watching this office develop’.

At Greenslade Taylor Hunt we see the private rental sector continuing to grow with no sign of change in the winter of 2013 and beyond, and have always prided ourselves on providing Landlords with clear, honest advice on what to expect when letting a property. With a great deal of legislative changes in the pipeline, we are confident that our Lettings staff are both knowledgeable and kept up to date, enabling us to pass this information onto our clients and provide the best service possible. All of our Lettings staff are qualified members of ARLA and continue to advance their knowledge by on-going training and development.

If you would like a free, no obligation rental valuation or would like any advice concerning any aspect of letting your property or taking up a tenancy, please do not hesitate in contacting Lisa on 01935 810950 or email rental.sherborne@gth.net.

Pegasus Court

Howzat - modern retail unit at Somerset County Cricket ground

October 2013

An enticing retail prospect presents itself beside the river and adjacent to Somerset County Cricket Ground.

The modern unit at Pegasus Court is part of the newest grandstand at the ground. This features 65 apartments for the over 55s plus a selection of retail units.

Unit 2, Pegasus Court, Coal Orchard, Taunton, is now available through Greenslade Taylor Hunt via a new lease at £10,000 per annum.

It fronts an attractive, pedestrianised town centre spot next to Olio and Farina, the appealing Italian restaurant and delicatessen.

Supermarket Morrisons is on the opposite bank of the river and the upmarket Riverside Place Shopping courtyard is a short stroll away. Parking is close by at the Coal Orchard car park.

The premises extend to 805 sq ft including storage and kitchenette. It is laid out with a sales area, separate office and kitchenette on the ground floor. The first floor is devoted to storage. It could be put to other commercial uses subject to any necessary consents.

To arrange a viewing or for more details please contact Tony McDonnell at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Case of Roach

Buyers reeled in by roach

October 2013

An array of sporting ephemera came under the spotlight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s biannual West Country Sporting Sale this month.

More than 600 diverse lots from a pair of whales teeth to paintings of hunting scenes went under the hammer at this well regarded and supported event.

A multiplicity of taxidermy formed a considerable section of the auction and was much in demand. A splendid recumbent terrier on a red cushion proved particularly popular making £260 from a guide of £60-£80.

A cased display of five adult kingfishers and a nest of young fetched double its estimate going for £360.

A hare mask dating from the 1930s fetched £150 from a guide of just £20-£30.

It was a bowed glazed display case of three Roach swimming amongst rocks and water plants that caught the eye in this section. A phone bidder secured the lot with a bid of £1,100. It had a pre-sale estimate of £80-£120.

The fish theme continued with a cracking price achieved for a Hardy Perfect 4 ¼” salmon reel. The gavel went down at £290 from a guide of £80-£90.

A superb oil painting of hounds at a gate by the French artist Charles Oliver de Penne was secured by a phone bid of £1,800. This had been expected to achieve between £1,000 and £1,500.

Anybody with a Norfolk liar game counter would be well advised to dig it out and dust it off in readiness for the next West Country Sporting Sale in the spring.

Two examples were offered in the sale and both achieved excellent prices. An early Norfolk Liar Game Counter achieved £520 from a pre-sale guide of £350-£400. The other a G and JW Hawksley Norfolk Liar Game Counter went for £440 from an estimate of £350-£400.

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, November 7, from 10.30am at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. This will include a special paintings section.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm. There is plenty of free on site parking for visitors.

Home valuations are available by arrangement. Please contact Stuart Triggol, the Saleroom Manager, on 01823 332525 for details.

Southgate

Rare chance to acquire Victorian period town house

October 2013

A handsome Victorian home close to the centre of Dorchester has just come to the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £645,000.

Southgate, Linden Avenue, Dorchester, was built by the Reverend Benjamin Lucas Watson between 1870 and 1877. In the 1950s the property was split into two.

The substantial accommodation arranged over four floors includes three separate reception rooms – the drawing room with a 11 ft ceiling height - a cellar and a spacious kitchen/breakfast room.

Retaining much of its original character the property also benefits from a detached two-bedroom coach house. This could provide a useful annexe or office for a purchaser seeking to work from home, subject to the necessary consents.

Situated in a mature tree lined avenue the property is set in well-tended gardens to the front, while the rear garden is walled and fenced. The back garden enjoys a virtually southerly aspect.

For further details or to arrange a viewing contact the Dorchester office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01305 268786.

Winterbourne, Acre Mews

Open day at select development

October 2013

A prestigious set of just four homes will be showcased at an open day this Sunday (October 20).

The fine development of four family homes at Acre Mews, Curry Rivel, near Langport, will be open to view between 12 noon and 4pm.

Each detached property offers excellent family accommodation and benefits from garaging and driveways.

Situated on the western fringes of this popular village at Stoney Lane the homes all enjoy 10-year NHBC guarantees.

Two of the homes, Winterbourne and Trees, include large spacious kitchen/dining/family rooms making them the natural hub for family living. Usefully the kitchen and utility areas are tiled making them both practical and stylish.

The other two properties, Birch and Withie, have airy kitchen/dining rooms and a separate utility room.

All the houses have four good-sized bedrooms with the master bedrooms enjoying the advantage of an ensuite so no early morning battles for the bathroom!

The rear gardens of each property are lawned and enclosed by a large wooden fence.

The properties are being marketed by Greenslade Taylor Hunt. Prices start at £325,000. The agent can be contacted on 01823 277121 or 01458 250589.

The GTH Marines' Team

Fearless team braves Marines Challenge

October 2013

Eight brave members of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt are celebrating after completing the Royal Marines 10K Challenge at Lympstone, Devon, and smashing their £2,000 fundraising target.

They are nursing a few aches and pains after surviving the tough endurance test. The team finished a creditable 14th out of 47 teams. Around 1500 people took part in the challenge.

Cher Galley, who organised the GTH team, said: “It was tough, but really good fun.

“I knew it was going to be tough. The Marines don’t go there just for fun.

“A massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored us.”

If you would like to support their efforts please log on to www.justgiving.com/gth1 The page will remain open until late January 2014.

Money raised will go to the Devon Air Ambulance and a Royal Marines charity.

On the day the team had to contend with bright sunshine and plenty of mud as they tackled the tough obstacle course.

The team comprised Richard Webber, Partner at the firm’s South Molton office, Robert Venner, Partner, at the Sedgemoor Livestock Centre, Martyn Venner, Associate at the Bridgwater office and Associate Will Handel from Honiton. Associate Graeme Biffen, who is based at Sedgemoor Auction Centre and administrator Selina Steele, who also works at the auction centre took part. Completing the line up were administrators Cher Galley, from the Burnham-on-Sea branch and Emily Simons from South Molton.

Undaunted by their experience the team are already thinking about getting into training for next year’s event.

Picture caption: Back from left Will Handel, Robert Venner, Richard Webber and Graeme Biffen.  Middle from left Cher Galley, Selina Steele and Martyn Venner.  Front Emily Simons.

French Paperweight

Little and large all find new homes at monthly sale

October 2013

Inclement weather conditions outside did not dampen the enthusiasm of buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale last Thursday. (October 3)

An unusually large Edwardian Goliath pocket watch with a 12 centimetre white enamel dial drew a great deal of interest and bidding began at £180 thanks to pre-sale bids on the piece.

This figure was swiftly dwarfed as bidding rose dizzily to £500. This mighty sum proved enough for the successful bidder in the sale room to secure the watch.

The star lot was a French glass Millefiori paperweight in the manner of Baccarat. This small showstopper measured just nine centimetres in diameter and was expected to make between £300 and £400.

Again considerable pre-sale demand had pushed the price up as potential buyers vied for ownership and the bidding opened at £500.

There was plenty of determined interest from telephone bidders and those in the Taunton saleroom. The gavel finally came down at a dazzling £2,200 and was bought by a phone bidder.

Other highlights included an Italian micro mosaic brooch featuring a charming spaniel. This went for £260 comfortably exceeding its £100-£150 estimate.

An early 20th Century Arts and Crafts brass table lamp fetched £200 and was bought by a telephone bidder. This had been guided at between £50 and £80.

The next monthly sale, which will feature a special paintings section, takes place at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday, November 7.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm. Home visits can also be arranged by appointment. Please contact Stuart Triggol, Saleroom manager, on 01823 332525 for further details.

Packed Auction Sale Room

Auctioneers top £5m mark with two back to back property auctions in two days

October 2013

Jeremy Bell, FRICS, property auctioneer with Greenslade Taylor Hunt reports standing room only as 250 people packed the firm’s 15th collective land and property auction of the year at the Batch Country House at Lympsham, near Weston-super-Mare,  on Wednesday night. (October 9)

All seven lots were snapped up at the sale that comprised property from the north Somerset area from Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare and out towards Wells.

Star attraction was a period cottage known as The Cedars, Crickham. Unlived in for a number of years the property required complete renovation. Its superb semi-rural location sat in two acres on the Isle of Wedmore attracted a total of eight separate parties vying for ownership. Eventually the gavel went down at  £470,000. The impressive price is perhaps not that surprising as 27 interested parties had requested legal packs prior to the auction.

Jeremy Bell said: “Confidence has returned to the residential market with the atmosphere resembling that of the 2006/2007 property market. Whereas since 2008 there has been a certain lack of ‘confidence’ being a self-fulfilling prophecy, however the tide appears now to have turned and equally that prophecy is true with now growing confidence. You get what you think and we are all now thinking better times are ahead.”

This was reflected at the Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster, where the firm held another successful property auction the day before the Lympsham event where most of the lots exceeded their guide prices. The sale grossed £2,600,000. A substantial piece of commercial, arable and pasture land close to the A303 at South Barrow, Yeovil, went for £630,000 from a guide of £495,000 equating to £8,147 per acre.

The firm’s next collective sales are already booked on November 20, at Yatton Rugby Club and November 27 at Batch Country House. Both start at 7pm.

Among the lots on offer will be Horsecastle Farm which extends to 153.52 acres which will be offered in eight lots, also a farmhouse for modernisation sat in 3.6 acres and three residential town houses ripe for modernisation which would provide ideal buy-to-let investment opportunities.

Jeremy Bell can be contacted at the firm’s Burnham-on-Sea office on 01278 765588 or 07860 319379. Justin Lowe is at the firm’s Yeovil office and can be contacted on 01935 415300 and Charles Clark is at the Chard office on 01460 238383.

Marine Challengers

Intrepid team takes up Marines 10K challenge

September 2013

Eight fearless members of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt are embarking on a tough endurance contest next week when they tackle the 10K challenge at the Royal Marines base in Lympstone, Devon.

The enterprise is not for the faint hearted as the intrepid team will be put through their paces on the same training course that the Royal Marines use in order to earn their coveted green berets.

The effort on Sunday, October 6, is in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance and a Royal Marines charity.

The GTH gang hopes to raise around £2,000. You can boost their efforts by sponsoring them on www.justgiving.com/gth1

As part of the grueling event they will run, tackle an obstacle course and get very, very wet. They have to set out on the challenge as a team and must all complete the course together.

Cher Galley, who suggested taking part to her colleagues said: “I have always wanted to take part. This is something for everyone to aim towards. It’s a real team effort.”

Associate, Martyn Venner, who runs the Bridgwater residential office, said: “I am a fan of supporting UK charities, local ones in particular, and I have an uncle who was unwell and the Devon Air Ambulance picked him up, so its a chance to give a little back.”

The daring bunch comprise Richard Webber, Partner at the firm’s South Molton office, Robert Venner, Partner, at the Sedgemoor Livestock Centre, Martyn Venner, Associate at the Bridgwater office and Associate Will Handel from Honiton. Associate Graeme Biffen, who is based at Sedgemoor Auction Centre and administrator Selina Steele, who also works at the auction centre are taking part. Completing the line up are administrators Cher Galley, from the Burnham-on-Sea branch and Emily Simons from South Molton.

13-15 Penel Orlieu

Ripe for redevelopment

September 2013

A substantial building in the heart of a busy town centre is to be auctioned later this month (October) by property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The three storey building at 13-15 Penel Orlieu, Bridgwater, is just off the busy High Street and is close to the centre of the night time economy with restaurants, licensed premises and a cinema nearby.

It could prove an ideal investment for a purchaser looking to create a variety of business enterprises including restaurant, licensed premises, nightclub or gym subject to the necessary consents.

Martyn Venner, Associate at Greenslade Taylor Hunt says “This auction lot offers an investor or a developer a good opportunity to acquire a mixed residential and commercial project at a sensible guide price.”

Last year the large terraced building was granted permission for A1 retail purposes, formerly operating as an Amusement Arcade under a Sui Generis use class.

The building provides plenty of floor space. The ground floor retail space is approx. 2,670 sq ft, with the first floor comprising 2,434 sq ft and the second floor 624 sq ft.

In the past, the separately accessed first and second floors have been used as residential accommodation, but require extensive modernisation.

The property is being offered for sale at auction at a guide of £125,000-£150,000.

The auction will take place, unless the property is sold prior to the sale, at the Castle Hotel, Taunton, on October 24.

For further details or to arrange a viewing contact Martyn Venner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Bridgwater office on 01278 425555.

Bagley Study of Hounds

Countdown to eagerly anticipated West Country Sporting Sale

September 2013

Buyers from around the country are expected to attend Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s biannual West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, October 4.

The well-established and well-regarded sale will feature in the region of 600 lots encompassing a diverse selection of field sports, team sports and sporting art.

Works by principal artists will include hunting and sporting prints by Lionel Edwards, Cecil Aldin and Snaffles. In addition there will be an array of watercolours and oils.

The sale will commence at 10.30am with the sale of sporting books. A large range of fishing rods, reels and accessories will be featured.

Taxidermy continues to prove popular with collectors and an extensive selection will be on sale – the largest the auctioneers have ever had. This is made up of a nucleus of three collections including a pair of Snowy Owls, birds of prey, game and sea birds. There are stag heads and fox masks too plus an enormous assortment of mounted antlers.

Other sections of hunting interest will include hat, boots and coats, hunting horns and buttons as well as whips and sticks. Leather goods will also be on sale including hunting flasks and sandwich tins.

There is a large entry of Beswick horses including famous racehorses plus a variety of hunting groups and fox hounds in the silver, jewellery, ceramics and decorative section.

The sale will be on view on Saturday, September 28 at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach,Taunton, from 9am-12.30pm.

Viewing will also take place on Tuesday, October 1, and Wednesday, October 2, from 9am-5pm.

It will be a busy week for the auctioneers as the customary monthly sale takes place on Thursday, October 3, from 10.30am.

After the conclusion of this auction visitors will be able to view the lots for the sporting sale from 3pm-5pm.

For further details on the West Country Sporting Sale contact the Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol on 01823 332525.

Picture captions and estimates:

Bagley. Study of two hounds in a landscape £60-£80.

A silver presentation hunting horn by H Phillips, London 1930, estimate of £400-£500.

 

A Norfolk Liar Game Counter by G and J W Hawksley £300 - £400

Ask the Agent - as published in North Devon Journal

Ask the Agent - as published in North Devon Journal

September 2013

How has summer trade been for Greenslade Taylor Hunt?

I am delighted to report that the market for GTH, right across our 14-office network stretching from Devon to Dorset, has been extremely busy throughout the summer, both in terms of new instructions and sales agreed.  As a result, this has been our busiest period in South Molton since opening the office two and a half years ago. 

Can you give an example of a recent successful sale?

We have just sold two properties in Croyde, which was great to get involved in one of the most sought after coastal villages in North Devon.  The instruction was quite unusual because it involved a pair of cottages which had been in the same family since the 1930s.  Situated on the desirable Moor Lane, both cottages required improvement and were set in a fantastic large mature garden.  We offered the cottages for sale individually or as a pair and I am delighted to report that they remain together, having been sold at a figure well in excess of the £750,000 guide price.

Has the weather helped boost the market?

Undoubtedly, the weather does influence activity in the property market, everybody feels better when the sun is shining.  I am convinced that the lovely summer has had a significant impact in getting the phones ringing and encouraging activity, especially on the more rural properties and those with land.

How does this compare to the last few years?

Clearly, the sign of a general recovery in the UK economy has resulted in more optimism and confidence in the property market.  The UK certainly appears to now be moving out of recession and in my opinion this is being directly reflected in the number of new purchasers’ we have registering with us. 

What are prices like in North Devon?

We are hearing numerous reports in the press of rising house prices, which is primarily being driven by London and the South East.  I do not feel that prices are increasing in North Devon as yet and it is important to keep our feet on the ground and value sensibly in what is still a very price-sensitive market.  Nevertheless, we are seeing a lot more people now looking to move into the area, especially from London and the Home Counties where the market appears to be particularly strong.  Fortunately, we live in an extremely desirable part of the country and if the recovery continues then it is hopefully only a matter of time before that ripple effect spreads out from the south east. 

What are your hopes for the rest of the year?

We always seem to have a strong autumn property market here in North Devon and my hopes for this autumn are extremely optimistic. 

 

Richard Webber is a Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt in South Molton  Tel: 01769 574500 

South West Dairy Show

Make a date for dairy show

September 2013

One of the most important dates in the dairy farmer’s calendar takes place next month.

The South West Dairy Show at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, on Wednesday, October 2, brings together a comprehensive trade show and an exhibition of fine dairy cattle providing a “one stop shop” for the dairyman.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, the leading agricultural experts, will have one of the 300 trade stands at this prestigious show which attracts exhibitors from around the country.

Members of the firm’s agricultural department will be on hand to share their expertise and experience in everything from property, professional work to livestock marketing.

You can find Greenslade Taylor Hunt at stand number 24 in Avenue B.

As well as experts from Greenslade Taylor Hunt there is the opportunity to meet milk buyers, feed suppliers and AI companies and of course meet up with other dairy farmers.

There will also be an extensive display of agricultural machinery and equipment on show.

In addition a dairy show will take place.

The show runs from 8.30am-5pm.

Periton Mead

Magnificent Former School is a Class Act

September 2013

An attractive former Manor House has just come to the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £850,000. This impressive building set in 6 acres of grounds was originally built as a family residence but in more recent times has been run as a school.

Periton Mead School, Periton Road, Minehead in Somerset has potential for a wide variety of commercial and residential uses.

It is close to bustling Minehead and the coast, along with the numerous attractions of the Exmoor National Park.

The substantial premises totaling some 21,145 sq ft includes the 57 roomed former Manor House, a 2 bedroomed Coach House, The Lodge, a separate 4 bedroomed dwelling and a modern detached 4,630 sq ft sports hall and gymnasium with changing rooms and other accommodation.

Impressive gardens including a former tennis court, a croquet lawn and a walled rose garden surround the buildings.

Marketing agent Duncan Brown of Greenslade Taylor Hunt says “This is a special property offering opportunities for numerous alternative uses. We have in mind a hotel, a rural or recreational retreat, an activity, sports or outward bound centre, a conference or training centre, a specialist care or nursing home, a religious retreat, offices, conversion to open market residential or sheltered housing or a combination of these”.

For further information contact the sole agent Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

West Nook & Meadcroft Croyde

Rare sale keeps pair of cottages together

September 2013

A pair of semi-detached coastal cottages that have been in the ownership of the same family for more than 75 years have just been sold.

The desirable homes in one of North Devon’s most prized seaside locations could have been bought separately, but the new buyer has snapped up both properties at an undisclosed figure well in excess of the £750,000 guide price.

Richard Webber, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s South Molton office that oversaw the sale, said: “It is good that they remain together having been in the ownership of the same family for such a long time.”

The properties were bought by the vendor’s grandparents in 1935 and have remained in the family until now.

West Nook and Meadcroft in Moor Lane, Croyde, offer the new owner a desirable spot to enjoy the famous sandy, surfing beach and the wider attractions of North Devon.

The appealing properties stand in superb large south facing mature gardens that extend to over half an acre.

Dating from the early 1920s the cottages now require modernisation and there is potential to create one substantial family home, subject to the necessary consents.

If you have a property and are considering selling please contact the South Molton office on 01769 574500.

Chinese Jade Squirrel

Bidders go nuts for squirrel

September 2013

Demand for Chinese jade was fevered as estimates toppled and the sale figure climbed to new heights at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s September monthly antiques auction.

The compact creature at the centre of the kerfuffle was a small celadon jade carving of a squirrel atop a melon. At just six centimetres long the tiny creation would comfortably sit in the palm of a hand.

Its diminutive nature did not dent demand for its charms. Interest in Chinese art is particularly strong and bidding flew along. The carving sold for £1,900 from a pre-sale guide of £150-£250.

A similarly stellar price was achieved for a fine late 19th Century French gilt figural mantel clock.

This distinctive piece featured two supports modeled as Diana holding a bow and dead game and another figure, possibly Amphitrite, holding a trident. The movement marked Japy Freres.

Spirited bidding in a busy saleroom saw this achieve £1,250 from an estimate of £400-£600.

Preparations are well in hand for next month when the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, plays host to two one day sales.

The customary monthly sale takes place on Thursday, October 3, and the biannual West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, October 4.

The long running and well-established West Country Sporting Sale will feature a wide range of items embracing field sports, team sports and sporting art.

Both sales will be on view on Saturday, September 28, from 9am-12.30pm, and on the Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1, and 2, from 9am-5pm.

3A Fore Street, Chard

Prime retail investment goes to auction

September 2013

A prime town centre location is one of the attractions of this versatile building in the heart of Chard that is being sold at public auction next month.

The premises at 3A Fore Street, Chard, are offered at a guide price of £162,500 freehold. It is among a diverse range of land and properties being sold at The Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster, by property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt, on October 8.

The Chard property is a two-storey terraced building arranged over ground and first floor levels.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This property offers a sound tenant that has been in occupation since 1999, a good length lease and options for the large separately accessed first floor, whether to retain its existing commercial use or convert it into residential accommodation. This is a sizable property totalling 2,815 sq ft, the guide price reflecting only £57.65 per sq ft freehold.”

Charity Age UK occupies the good-sized ground floor that extends to 1,730 sq ft. Age UK’s lease on the premises runs until 2023. It is a full repairing lease at £13,000 per annum.

Until recently Newsquest, publishers of the Chard and Ilminster News, occupied the first floor office accommodation which could readily be re-let as offices.

Alternatively it is possible that the first floor could be converted into two flats. The vendors have commissioned a Planning Feasibility Study and received positive written feedback from South Somerset District Council about this proposal. Planning permission and listed building consent would be required to pursue this option.

For further details contact the Commercial Division of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Terrick Williams' Painting

Bidders wild about Harry but flower market steals the show

September 2013

Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, Taunton, last Thursday. (September 5)

The attractive piece by Royal Academician Terrick Williams had a guide price of £800-£1200.

Four phone bidders and interest in the saleroom saw this estimate left behind as the price climbed steadily and settled at £4,600.

Many of the large crowd at the sale had been attracted by the vast number of paintings  on offer at the auction which numbered more than 200.

As ever the local artist Harry Frier proved a perennial and lucrative drawer. His watercolour of the Tone Bridge in Taunton was expected to achieve £150-£250, but Frier fans doubled this and enthusiastic bidding saw the gavel eventually come down at £580.

Another picture attributed to Frier, but unsigned, of French Weir, Taunton, achieved £220 from a guide of £100-£150.

A phone bidder snapped up a fine depiction of Porlock Hill from Dunkery Beacon by the artist Frederick John Widgery. This had a pre-sale estimate of £120-£180 and went for £220.

Silver also sparkled at the sale, with a phone bidder successfully bidding £420 for a set of three good quality Art Deco silver boxes.

An elegant Victorian silver coffee pot of baluster shape with scroll handle, faceted spout, engraved with oval reserves, a crest to one and monogram another, was guided at £300-£400. It achieved £460.

The next sale is the West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, October 4. This popular sale will include a large entry of taxidermy.

Free valuation mornings are held at the East Reach sale rooms each Monday morning from 9am. There is plenty of free parking on site.

Langport Clock

All set for well timed sale

August 2013

A huge range of clocks to suit every pocket and taste is on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next monthly sale on September 5th.

Three long case Somerset clocks dating from the late 18th century are featured in the auction at The Octagon Salerooms, Taunton. The clocks were made in Taunton, Williton and Langport.

The Taunton one features an automaton top arch depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This appealing scene is enhanced when the clock chimes and

Eve picks a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. It has a pre sale estimate of £400-£600.

A long case clock by the well-regarded maker James Thristle of Williton also features in the sale. Popular with collectors his fine timepiece has a guide of £450-£550.

The Langport clock made by William Preddy is expected to fetch £200-£300.

A stunning German oak bracket clock dating from the late 19th Century in the style of an earlier English 18th Century clock is a fine example of the type and is guided at £500-£800.

An illustration of a much earlier timekeeper is the lantern clock. These first appeared around 1640 and the one in the sale is from the early 18th Century. It has no maker’s name but is dated 1720.  The guide price is between £300-£500.

A good quality skeleton Victorian clock is guided at £250-£350.

A fine example of a French figural mantel clock also features in the sale. This item dates from the late 18th Century but is in the ornate style of Louis XV. It features Diana and Poseidon’s daughter bearing the clock aloft. This has a pre sale estimate of £400-£600.

Jaeger LeCoultre is one of “the” names in horology and one of the firm’s atmos clocks, which are powered by atmospheric pressure, will be offered at auction. It has a guide of £250-£350.

At the more modest end of the scale is a Smith Enfield mantel clock by Cozens of Taunton. Between 1930 and 1950 no self-respecting household would have been without one of these. It has a guide of £20-£40.

There is a large and eclectic mix of paintings at the sale too from the much-loved Somerset artist Harry Frier with his view of the Townbridge in Taunton, to the Royal Academician Terrick Williams and a scene of a French market. This attractive scene is expected to achieve between £800-£1200.

Viewing for the sale is on Saturday, August 31, from 9am-12.30pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3rd and 4th, from 9am-5pm.  The sale gets underway at 10.30am on Thursday, September, 5th. Viewing from 8.30am.

Chinese Silver

Chinese ceramics and paintings dazzle at sale

August 2013

J.M. Barrie’s freedom casket was the soar away success at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent monthly sale, however it was not the only lot that attracted interest.

Chinese ceramics and paintings proved an immense draw from knowledgeable bidders at the Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton.

A large collection  –  69-pieces of Chinese famille rose “Millefleur” black ground porcelain from the first half of the 20th Century had a pre-sale estimate of between £200-£300.

This was left trailing as the price climbed beyond £1,000, with the gavel finally settling on £1,300.

Similarly a set of five Chinese rice paper paintings proved equally appealing. Bidders pushed the price comfortably past the pre-auction guide of £200-£300. The paintings featuring a dignitary and attendants were resplendent with bright colours in enamels.  They sold for £1,950.

Chinese items of all descriptions continue to do exceptionally well at auction.

A Chinese export silver swing –handled preserve pot and spoon with a matching butter dish captured the imagination of a determined phone bidder. From an estimate of £150-£200 the price for this early 20th Century article nearly doubled and sold for £320.

J.M. Barrie’s silver freedom casket - presented to the author by his hometown of Kirriemuir took the top price of £7,200.

Demand for silver is extremely robust as was shown by the number of phone bidders and interests in the sale rooms.

Three phone bidders tussled over a large William IV silver salver. This elaborate piece was a weighty 111.5oz. It achieved £1,200.

The next sale to be held on Thursday, September 5, will include a special painting section.

The well-established biannual West Country Sporting Sale will be held on Friday, October 4. Further entries are now being accepted for this event with a closing date of Monday, September 9.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm. There is ample, free parking on site. For further information call the salerooms on 01823 332525.

Maplin's New Store in Taunton

Prime town centre site let to electronics specialist

August 2013

A major electronics specialist retailer has moved into a prime site next to Sainsbury’s in the centre of Taunton this week.

Maplin, the leading electronics retailer, plans to open 100 new stores over the next three years and as part of that roll out the Taunton store opened on Saturday (August 17)

A spokesman for Maplin said: Maplin is a successful and growing retailer, with a clear strategy for continued expansion over the next five years and beyond, which will continue to create opportunities for hard working people who like to make their mark.”

The new store at unit 12 County Walk Shopping Centre, Taunton, has created 10 jobs.

Around 200,000 people pass through the shopping centre each month attracted by national retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Costa Coffee, Subway and The Entertainer.

The centre’s success is assisted by the conveniently placed adjoining 280-space car park that provides shoppers with up to two hours parking.

Maplin have signed up to a new 10-year lease on the site of the former Blockbuster store through property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are marketing other units within the busy shopping complex. These range in size from 235 sq ft up to 2,565 sq ft, plus ancillary stores and staff facilities.

They are available as a whole or in separate units to suit requirements. Guide rents are dependant upon unit sizes and lease lengths are subject to agreement dependant upon requirements.

For further information contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Winterbourne

Select development of new family homes in popular village

August 2013

A prestigious development of four bedroomed detached homes has just come to the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Acre Mews, Curry Rivel, near Taunton, comprises a selection of four excellent residences with driveways and garages in this popular village.

All the houses would make ideal family homes – blending practicality with elegance. Winterbourne, Stoney Lane, Curry Rivel, which has just been completed, has been designed with the realities of family life in mind. The floor in the kitchen and utility area has been tiled, while the lounge and bedrooms are cosily carpeted.

A great deal of thought has gone into the design of the properties. At Winterbourne the lounge sits to one side of the house and includes a feature log burner. French doors open from this room onto the enclosed garden.

The spacious kitchen/dining/family room is sure to become the hub of the house. This well planned space features a wide range of high quality units sitting under granite worktops. There are also integrated appliances.

A useful utility room with a range of units and space for a washing machine and dryer, a cloakroom and study complete the ground floor accommodation.

Upstairs three of the bedrooms share a stylish, modern, bathroom while the master bedroom has its own ensuite. Both bathrooms benefit from tiled flooring.

All four properties have a 10-year NHBC guarantee and a burglar alarm for further peace of mind.

Prices start from £335,000. For further information contact the New Homes Co-Ordinator Kathy Cobb on 01823 277121 or call the Langport office on 01458 250589.

Richard & Lisa celebrate their Silver Anniversary

Pair celebrate 25 years of working together

August 2013

A couple of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt are celebrating 25 years with the firm and working with each other.

Richard Sanders, Associate, who heads up the Survey and Valuation team in Taunton and Lisa Phillips, his PA mark 25 years with the company this year.

Lisa joined the leading firm of property specialists straight from college.

She said: “I cannot believe it has been 25 years. I can honestly say I would not have changed a thing. Greenslade Taylor Hunt has been a major part of my life since leaving college at the age of 18. I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Richard in the Survey and Valuation division all this time, which has not been in the slightest bit monotonous or mundane. Quite the opposite in fact! ”

Lisa achieved her milestone anniversary in June while Richard marks his in September.

He said: “I have enjoyed working for GTH over the last 25 years, a period where there has been expansion in the business as a whole with greater diversification and geographical spread. When I joined there were four offices and a staff of around 60, now 17 offices and over 200 colleagues. I enjoy the diversity of meeting a wide range of clients and being naturally nosey inspecting a broad range of residential and commercial properties.

“It has been a pleasure working with Lisa over the last 25 years, she is my right arm in the office. I sincerely hope we will continue to work together for many years as I would be lost without her invaluable skills and support.”

Picture caption from left Richard Sanders, Associate, Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, and Lisa Phillips, PA.
 

Freedom Casket

Peter Pan author’s silver casket hits price heights at sale

August 2013

Six telephone bidders called in to vie for ownership of J. M. Barrie’s Kirriemuir Freedom Casket at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale and blasted the pre- auction guide price into Neverland.

This beautiful Scottish silver Freedom Casket was presented to the Peter Pan author by his hometown of Kirriemuir in 1930 and was expected to achieve between £2,000 and £3,000.

Pre-sale interest in this fine piece was intense and on the morning of the auction six keen telephone bidders competed against interests in the saleroom to secure this important heritage item.

Furious bidding saw the price climb stratospherically with the gavel coming down at £7,200.

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Baltonsborough Post Office

Perfect opportunity for family business in the heart of a village

August 2013

A fantastic and flexible opportunity to run your own village business is available in Baltonsborough, near Glastonbury.

Joan Birch has worked in The Post Office and Store, The Cross, Baltonsborough, since her youngest child was six. Now 33 years on she and her husband are ready to take things a little easier and retire.

The business, which is located in the centre of the village, benefits from a loyal band of customers. It carries a full range of “corner shop” essentials. Its nearest rivals are in Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet, both around six miles away.

There is scope for a new owner to expand the business by lengthening the shop’s opening hours and to utilise the space in front of the premises to promote garden plants, coal and logs.

The well-maintained and easy to run business could appeal to two generations of one family as there is plenty of private, and separate, living accommodation.

There is a three-bedroom first floor flat above the shop. This is separately accessed. It also includes a fitted kitchen, separate dining room and lounge.

In addition there is a two storey separately accessed three-bedroom property.

The business is for sale through Greenslade Taylor Hunt and The Business Partnership at an asking price of £80,000 plus stock at valuation.

There are a number of leasehold and freehold options the vendors would consider. These include leasing the shop at an agreed term at a rent of £6,500 per annum or £14,500 pa to include the first floor flat.

A freehold option would be £395,000 plus stock at valuation that would include the business, the entire building including the shop, flat and annexe.

Alternatively the business, shop and flat would be available at £265,000 freehold plus stock at valuation.

For further information contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455 or The Business Partnership on 01823 275777.

Tawstock Medical Centre

Move is just what the doctors ordered

August 2013

A well-established medical centre in the middle of Chard is on the move to purpose built premises to provide better services for existing and new patients.

One of the founding GPs Dr Andy Down, said: “Tawstock Medical Centre was established in premises on Chard High Street 18 years ago and during that time has continued to successfully expand so that we are now providing services to over 4,500 patients and have outgrown our current premises.

“The surgery will be moving to new purpose built facilities in St Mary’s Close in early 2014 which will allow us to give further services to our present patients and have room to take on new patients.”

The move means the existing premises will be available for another business to take over. The property is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £285,000.

The large building is flexibly arranged and could provide a base for a variety of  different business enterprises such as a day centre, nursery or clinic.

The roomy ground floor in particular, which has consulting rooms and offices, could be re-arranged to suit a new occupier.

The first floor has more offices and a kitchen. Currently the basement and second floor are used for storage.

Usefully the premises have off road parking for 17 vehicles.

In addition the property has disabled access.

The building could also be converted to office, retail, restaurant, community or other commercial uses subject to planning consent.

It is also possible that the property could be extended or converted for residential use, again subject to planning permission.

For further information and to explore the full potential of the premises contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Blackerton House

Property is packed with potential for host of leisure pursuits

August 2013

A former residential care home within easy reach of the A361 North Devon Link Road is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £200,000.

Substantial Blackerton House at East Anstey, near Tiverton, was part of a former care village. Its rural, yet accessible, position, would make it ideal for conversion into a centre for outdoor based activities.

The attractive location close to Exmoor mean the premises could lend themselves to use as a hotel, conference or training centre or for other tourism or leisure purposes.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a rare opportunity to buy a large county property suitable for a number of uses at a particularly competitive price.”

The sizable property, which requires modernisation, extends to 12,485 sq ft. There is also a large workshop to the south of the main house which is 1,110 sq ft.

The premises could also provide office accommodation. Any other use would require planning consent.

There are ambitious plans to revitalise the entire site. North Devon District Council is currently considering a planning application for 22 dwellings on the site. This plan will include nine conversions of existing buildings, four new build four bedroom family homes and nine properties for affordable housing.

The South Molton office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt is also marketing two detached bungalows on the site which both require updating. One is a two-bedroom property and the other has three bedrooms.

For details of the commercial opportunities presented by Blakerton House please contact the Commercial Division of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

For details of the bungalows contact the South Molton office on 01749 574500.

Blackerton House

Property is packed with potential for host of leisure pursuits

August 2013

A former residential care home within easy reach of the A361 North Devon Link Road is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £200,000.

Substantial Blackerton House at East Anstey, near Tiverton, was part of a former care village. Its rural, yet accessible, position, would make it ideal for conversion into a centre for outdoor based activities.

The attractive location close to Exmoor mean the premises could lend themselves to use as a hotel, conference or training centre or for other tourism or leisure purposes.

Duncan Brown, Commercial Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a rare opportunity to buy a large county property suitable for a number of uses at a particularly competitive price.”

The sizable property, which requires modernisation, extends to 12,485 sq ft. There is also a large workshop to the south of the main house which is 1,110 sq ft.

The premises could also provide office accommodation. Any other use would require planning consent.

There are ambitious plans to revitalise the entire site. North Devon District Council is currently considering a planning application for 22 dwellings on the site. This plan will include nine conversions of existing buildings, four new build four bedroom family homes and nine properties for affordable housing.

The South Molton office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt is also marketing two detached bungalows on the site which both require updating. One is a two-bedroom property and the other has three bedrooms.

For details of the commercial opportunities presented by Blakerton House please contact the Commercial Division of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

For details of the bungalows contact the South Molton office on 01749 574500.

Beech Hill Stores

Be at the heart of a thriving community

August 2013

Have you ever hankered after the opportunity to be your own boss and run your own business?

Would you like to run a shop that has been trading for more than 50 years in an attractive residential location with limited local competition?

If this is ticking a few boxes for you then you really must investigate Beech Hill Stores, Beech Hill, Wellington.

This convenience store has a loyal local customer base in a popular residential area of the town, but there is plenty of scope to expand the business.

It is currently run under management Monday to Friday. The present owner, who has traded at the premises for 16 years, only operates the shop at weekends as she has re-married and relocated to Devizes, Wiltshire, with her new husband.

A new owner would have the option of extending opening hours and expanding the range and scope of products and services on offer.

There is a two-bedroom flat above the shop that could provide additional income if the purchaser did not want to live on the premises.

There is also a private garden and separate garage. In addition there is parking in front of the shop

The property is on the market with joint agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt and The Business Partnership at a guide price of £185,000. All the stock is available by separate negotiation.

For further details contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455 or The Business Partnership on 01823 375777.

Novelty Knife Rests

Cute pooches cut a dash at the dinner table

July 2013

This pair of Continental silver and whale’s tooth novelty knife rests would make a charming talking point at any dog lover’s meal time.

Modelled as a stylised Poodle, the pair, are among an eclectic mix of lots in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday, August 8.The duo measuring 10.5cms long have a pre-sale estimate of £80-£120.

Another dainty delight is a small French ormolu figural timepiece. This enchanting item,

dating from the late 19th century, features a reclining Putto supporting a drum with his foot and hand. It is signed at the base F. Durand. It has an estimate of £150-£200.

Continuing the small and quirky theme is an attractive George III silver novelty nutmeg grater shaped as an egg. Just 5cm long it has the mark of of Samuel Meriton II, London, 1792. It is guided at £150-£250.

A hefty William IV silver salver represents the other end of the size stakes. This weighty item which tips the scales at 111.5oz and is 51cm in diameter is expected to fetch between £1,000-£1,500.

It bears the makers mark 'IW', London, 1832. It is a circular design with elaborate ‘C’ scroll and foliate rim, on four similarly decorated bracket feet. The underside has been repaired previously.

The sale starts at 10.30am. A viewing morning takes place on Saturday, August 3, from 9am-12.30pm. There are also viewing days on Tuesday, August 6, and Wednesday, August 7, both from 9am-5pm.  For further details phone Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 332525.

Artist's Impression

Unique development opportunity at a snip

July 2013

Detailed planning permission to create a substantial five-bedroom residence at a keen price is the attractive offer of this rural development opportunity that is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a new guide price of £350,000.

Crossways Farm, at Moorland, near Bridgwater, is just two-and-a-half miles from junction 24 of the M5, yet is set in a secluded position, enjoying south facing rural views.

Graham Ford, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “Crossways Farm offers a unique development opportunity for developers or private individuals seeking to construct a family home in a rural though convenient location. The substantial stone barns are suitable for a variety of purposes which together with adjoining orchard and paddocks will create a very desirable country residence.”

Previously the property was being offered at a guide of £390,000, but the price has been shaved to an inviting level.

The site is “shovel ready” and benefits from detailed planning permission to demolish the existing farmhouse and create an imposing 3,200 sq ft home.

In total the plot extends to 10.69 acres and includes two versatile paddocks, both served by mains water which would lend themselves to equestrian pursuits.

There is a range of recently refurbished barns that could provide ancillary accommodation or holiday lets – the latter subject to the necessary consents.

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334466.

North Street, Taunton

Major restaurant chain books into town

July 2013

Work will begin in the autumn to fit out a prominent retail unit in Taunton for the popular Nando’s restaurant chain.

The restaurant group, famous for its Portuguese Peri Peri chicken, aims to open for business next February.

The firm is moving into a recently refurbished unit at 1-3A North Street, Taunton, next to Fat Face in the midst of the town’s retail heartland.

The move is expected to provide a boost for the town’s day and night time economy. Currently people have to travel to Exeter or Bristol to sample Nando’s chicken delights.

Leading property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt handled the lease arrangements. The restaurant chain has signed up for a 20-year lease on the property.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has a number of other retail opportunities available in the county town. Contact them on 01823 334455 to find out more.

Ruishton Court

Diverse trio all exceeded guide price at auction

July 2013

Three very different property propositions all comfortably exceeded their guide prices at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s auction at The Castle Hotel, Taunton.

A former nursing home, a versatile farmhouse and some pastureland all proved irresistible to bidders.

 A number of active would-be buyers in the room drove up the price for Ruishton Court, an impressive period property at Henlade, near Taunton. The location close to the M5 at junction 25 and the opportunity for additional development proved appealing. The gavel eventually went down at £625,000. The guide price had been £500,000.

Pithayne Farm, Hemyock, which enjoys a superb rural position adjoining pasture and woodland, but requiring complete renovation of the three-bed farmhouse proved another draw. The sale’s figure soared past the guide of £500,000 and settled at £605,000.

The final lot was a small piece of agricultural land of 1.31 acres at Spaxton, near Bridgwater. This attracted a high degree of interest from the village with two bidders vying eagerly for this attractive level parcel of land. It achieved £35,000 from a guide of £20,000.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next property auction takes place at the Langport Arms Hotel, Langport, on September 26.

West Lodge

Unique period property with plenty to appeal

July 2013

An attractive period property with much to commend it is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £350,000.

The delightful property has been sympathetically converted from a pigeon house to provide a charming home with plenty of character.

Paul Chivers, residential manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office, comments: ‘The present vendors have truly enjoyed their time in West Lodge and it is with a heavy heart they now have to move into Dorchester for their continued retirement.’

The distinctive property is topped by a weathervane.

West Lodge, Southover, Frampton, Dorchester, is Grade II listed and dates from the 18th Century.  It stands in a semi-rural position and enjoys rural views back towards the village of Frampton.

The property is handily placed just six miles from the county town of Dorchester and 15 miles from Crewkerne.

The lodge is likely to appeal to buyers looking for a permanent home in this unspoilt part of West Dorset or those seeking a peaceful weekend bolt hole.

The accommodation includes three bedrooms, three reception rooms, fitted kitchen, utility room and shower room.

Set in a pretty walled garden the property also has a driveway, garage and useful workshop.

To arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Dorchester office on 01305 268786.

Sellicks Green

Chance to register at popular development

July 2013

The chance to live in a beautiful location at the foot of the Blackdown Hills presents itself with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

All the homes in the first phase at Sellicks Green, Blagdon Hill, have been snapped up in a matter of weeks and now the opportunity arises for house hunters looking for large family homes to register their interest at this sought after scheme.

The second phase of the building programme will begin shortly and will comprise impressive four bedroom properties. When complete the entire development will comprise just 15 homes.

Each property will be finished to exacting standards and specifications backed by the reassurance of a 10-year NHBC guarantee.

All of the homes feature the modern “must haves” of stylish contemporary kitchens and relaxing bathrooms along with well planned family accommodation.

The design of the properties is complemented by the fine rural setting at the foot of the Blackdown Hills just a short drive from Taunton.

For further details and to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 277121.

Picture caption: One of the homes in the first phase of Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s favoured development at Sellicks Green, Blagdon Hill, near Taunton.

GTH Chairman, Derek Biss

Premier national Holstein sale at Sedgemoor

July 2013

Leading dairy auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to have been favoured by Holstein UK to conduct the 2014 Genetic Elite Sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, the South’s largest dairy centre.

Sedgemoor Auction Centre despite only being five years old has quickly gained a reputation as the premier dairy centre in the South of England, with weekly dairy sales averaging in excess of 80 head and monthly Catalogued sales featuring in excess of 250 head. 

GTH Chairman and lead dairy Auctioneer Derek Biss commented: “With the superb facilities and the huge throughput of dairy cattle at Sedgemoor we are thrilled with Holstein UK’s decision to instruct us to conduct the 2014 Genetic Elite Sale.”

The 2014 sale will be held on Thursday, June 12,  2014 and plans are already in hand to create an attractive catalogue of some of the country’s finest individuals.

The Genetic Elite sale has over the years been the source of some of the most influential cattle throughout the UK such as Copywood Integrity Sara at 30,000gns and Dalesend Storm Maude who went on to win numerous championships. Other fine cattle have also featured in these sales.

For further details and to register your interest contact Sedgemoor Auction Centre on 01278  410251.

Rare Elizabethan Spoon

Rare spoon proves real find in the cutlery drawer

July 2013

A rare Elizabethan spoon that until recently had done duty in a family’s cutlery drawer turned out to be one of the star turns at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale.

The uncommon item had been providing daily service as a sugar spoon in the family for generations. They had no idea of its rarity and its true origin only came to light when it was examined by the experts at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton.

The Elizabeth 1 “Maidenhead” Spoon dating back to 1567 had a guide price of £600-£800. However its unique qualities had bidders pushing the price up and the gavel landed at an impressive £1,300.

Other sale highlights included a beautiful Continental gold and enamel oval snuffbox dating from around 1800. This fine piece in eye-catching colours was expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500. In fact it achieved a splendid £4,100.

A pair of Edwardian novelty pincushions proved appealing too. A silver novelty pig made £170 from a guide of £50-£80, while a silver bird went for £180 from a guide of £80-£120.

Finally the opportunity to picnic in the style of Downton Abbey proved a big lure for bidders. Expected to realise between £50-£80 this substantial Edwardian wicker picnic basket complete with many original features including a copper kettle, sandwich boxes, a wicker clad flask, teapot and enamel plates went for £220. Lady Grantham would certainly have been impressed.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, August 8, from 10.30am. Items are still being accepted for this sale. Contact the salerooms on 01823 332525 and perhaps have a quick look through the cutlery drawer. Free valuation mornings are held every Monday from 9am-1pm. Simply turn up. There is plenty of parking on site.

Churchvale Numero Ambrosia - Sold for 4800gns

Sedgemoor Spotlight hits 7000gns

July 2013

The annual Spotlight Sale held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Tuesday 16th July 2013 saw a fantastic trade. The January 2013 born heifer, ‘Riverdane Clay Autumn’ took the top honours, being bred from one of the most prominent families in the Holstein Breed and backed by a superb sire stack, she drew a lot of interest. She had travelled all the way from Mark and Susan Knutsford’s ‘Riverdane’ herd in Cheshire to Sedgemoor and after some spirited bidding reaching 7000gns she continues south to Join Mr Hussels ‘Perrins’ herd based in Badworthy Cornwall.

The second highest price came at 5000gns was from Sahara Holsteins with ‘Koepon Domain Melody 2nd.’ She had recently been classified VG86 as a two year old, and being from a family that has been placing numerous bulls into AI, she again had numerous admirers and the bidding finally ended with Drointon Farms who were purchasing her jointly with Mr JL Gray from Drumtall Scotland.  She was not the only Lot heading to Scotland with Peter Prior’s Smartmove Atom Gail EX90, who was Honourable Mention at the previous weeks Kent Show, at 3000gns she makes the Journey to Mr Vietch’s ‘Doonvalley’ herd in Ayrshire.

The West Country was also in good Spirit’s with Ian Chave from ‘Peacehay’ picking out some fancy calves, at 4800gns he took home ‘Churchvale Numero Ambrosia’ from Richard Thomas, Carmarthen and also ‘Riverdane Ex Ruby’ from Riverdane Holsteins, Cheshire.

Other Cows reaching notable prices include ‘Wiltor Million Cream VG88’ from Claire Jones, Monmouthshire at 4600gns, ‘Richaven Champion Squaw VG86’ at 3200gns and ‘Springtime Wisconsin Molli Red VG85-2yr’ at 3000gns both for Designer Holsteins, Essex and Bev Bakers ‘BB Million Ghost’ also at 3000gns.

Other youngstock of note included Tim Quick’s ‘Mendip Windbrook Lustre’ at 3000gns and Brian and Randolph Millers, ‘Moorshard Spottie Shower’, a January Born Heifer at 2500gns.

Next year instead of the Spotlight Sale, Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt have been favoured with instructions to conduct the 2014 Holstein UK Genetic Elite Sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre. Look out for further information in due course.

Tom Mellor

Sensational Straw Prices Achieved

July 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt can report a huge entry of standing straw was sold in their annual auctions.

An entry over their two auctions this month (July) totalled in excess of 3,600 acres that comprised a comprehensive range of both winter and spring sown crops.

Auctioneer, Tom Mellor, commented that: “Many farmers are facing the situation of straw barns with no carry-over from last winter which was far more prolonged than was wished for. Many crops, in particular the winter-sown cereals, are looking particularly patchy and the straw yields across the board could be less than in previous years. Bearing this in mind it was no surprise that some extremely high prices were achieved in this year’s auctions.”

Reported prices were up to £122/acre for winter wheat, £118/acre for winter barley, £100/acre for spring barley and £48/acre for oilseed rape.

A Sparkling £55,000 for impressive Diamond Ring

A Sparkling £55,000 for impressive Diamond Ring

July 2013

A large and impressive diamond single stone Ring weighting approx 6 carats attracted considerable interest at the Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton on Thursday 4th July selling for £55,000

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'J M Barrie Freedom Casket' to feature in August Antique Sale

'J M Barrie Freedom Casket' to feature in August Antique Sale

July 2013

The next monthly Antique Sale at the Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton on Thursday 8th August will include the 'J M Barrie Kirriemuir Freedom Casket', a Scottish silver Freedom Casket by Brook & Son, Edinburgh 1929 and presented to the author by the Provost, Magistrates and Council of his home town of Kirriemuir in 1930.

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Lot 4 Wiltor Million Cream (VG86-2yr)

Spotlight Sale Catalogue Now Online

July 2013

The Catalogue for the eagerly anticipated Spotlight Sale to be held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on 16th July is now online and the hard copy will be available at the end of the week.

Click here to view the catalogue.

The sale features 12 Freshly Calved Cows and Heifers,  29 Heifers and 6 Embryo packages from some of the Countries leading breeders being BB, Butlerview, Churchvale, Designer, Holmead, Hinton, Helices, Huntlodge, Lilylane, Mendip, Mikali, Moorshard, Noremead, Riverdane, Sahara, Sherdon, Starlet, Sterndale, Wiltor, Woodmarsh and Yardhayes.

Some superb individuals sell from some of the world’s most influential families to include: Alicia, Ashlyn, Atlee, August, Barbie, Carmel, Ghost, Gypsy Grand, Laurie Sheik, Lila Z, Lustre, Raven, Rudy Missy, Shower and More.

For further information please contact Andrew Clements 07769 904704 or to request a catalogue please contact the Greenslade Taylor Hunt Live and Deadstock Department 01278 410250 / livestock@gth.net / www.gth.net

Crutch a Good Team!

Four caught on the hop

June 2013

Strange goings on in the Commercial Department of Greenslade Taylor Hunt – four members of staff are currently hobbling around on crutches due to a series of unfortunate events.

First to succumb was energy assessor Daren Venning who tumbled down some stairs and snapped his Achilles tendon.

Commercial surveyor Tony McDonnell fell victim on the sports field and partially tore his quadricep muscle during a game of football.

Fellow sportsman Freddie Biss got in on the act by tearing his medial collateral ligament while playing hockey. He is on a five-month placement with the firm as part of his university studies.

Finally making up the limping quartet is Partner Duncan Brown. He tore the cartilage in his left knee and is awaiting an operation to repair the injury.

Duncan said: “You could not write the script for the recent chain of events! Having said this, apart from the day of Daren’s accident, none of us had to have any time off work, it just being somewhat inconvenient hobbling around on crutches. We’ve been the target of many jokes and banter recently. Certainly not enough sympathy!”

Putting their best foot forward (pictured from left) Tony McDonnell, Daren Venning, Freddie Biss and Duncan Brown.

The Old Station, Chard

A helping hand on to the property ladder

June 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt have teamed up with Raglan Housing Association to offer a range of two and three bedroom shared equity homes for people who have a connection with the town of Chard.

The scheme at The Old Station, Great Western Road, Chard, comprises 14 homes and is aimed at enabling people living or working in Chard to own a 50% share in one of these delightful properties.

The development is available via the Shared Ownership scheme and is open to any purchaser who can prove a strong local connection to Chard and that they could not purchase a home without the help of this scheme.

Built by Yeovil-based Brookvale Homes the attractive scheme includes 10 three bedroom and four two bedroom homes.

Each property includes a contemporary style kitchen with integrated oven and hob and modern bathroom with appealing white suite and tiling. All the homes benefit from fitted carpets and vinyl flooring throughout. Allocated parking is also included.

In addition they all come with a 10-year warranty.

To arrange a viewing of the showhome contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01460 238382

Prices start from £65,000 for a 50% share

Barn at Littleton

Opportunity to ‘make your dream home’

June 2013

Have you been inspired by the many property television programmes and hankered after a development project of your own?

Suitable opportunities are rare to find, but if the answer is yes then an auction lot at Littleton, near Somerton may have you reaching for your wallet.

This lot comprises two impressive traditional stone barns to be sold by auction by Greenslade Taylor Hunt at The Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster, on July, 24.

Littleton is a small, quiet hamlet between Somerton and Street and full planning permission has been granted to convert this large barn - 3500 sq ft into a wonderful residential dwelling together with small detached barn to make into offices, garaging, garden store etc.

The property will combine the best of modern design whilst sympathetically retaining and restoring the existing features. The plot itself extends to 0.81 acres and there is a further two acres of adjoining pastureland available.

The site is “shovel ready” as all redundant farm buildings have been removed.

The barn is being offered for sale at a guide price of  £200-£240,000. For more information please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s  Langport office on (01458) 250000.

Newton Farm

First time to market in six generations

June 2013

The phrase “rare opportunity” can be bandied about all too readily in the world of estate agency. However when a property has been in the same hands for six generations and comes to market for the first time the phrase seems entirely apt.

Newton Farm at Bicknoller, Taunton, has been occupied by the same family since the mid 18th century. Now after many happy years the vendor Desmond Venner is retiring and has put the farm up for sale.

It is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £1,600,000 as a whole.

The holding is situated in a favoured sheltered valley between the Brendon and Quantock Hills.

Martyn Venner, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, the sole agents, said: “Newton Farm offers the perfect mix of pasture and arable land complimented with a substantial period farmhouse and extensive range of farm buildings.  The property ideally lends itself to someone wanting to run a small mixed farm, equestrian enterprise or expand their existing holding.  The property occupies a highly sought after location within this much favoured area of West Somerset with breathtaking scenery which can only be fully appreciated when viewed.”

Newton Farm has much to appeal to the equestrian purchaser. There is an excellent all weather riding arena and a number of the outbuildings have been converted for stabling.

Currently the vendor operates a DIY livery enterprise and there is the option for a would-be purchaser to continue with this venture. Indeed the appealing location could easily lend itself to a magnificent cross country course utilising the excellent outriding opportunities.

The main farmhouse is believed to date from the 18th Century and was substantially extended in the 1930s to offer well proportioned six-bedroom accommodation.  In addition the vendor has discreetly installed a solar PV system to reducing the running costs.

There is a range of useful outbuildings with potential for alternative uses.

The land extends to 124.48 acres and is a highly fertile and productive mix of arable and pastureland contained within a ring fence.

The property is available as a whole or in up to four lots. Further details are available from Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01278 425555.

Feltham Lane

Deadline looms for prospective purchasers of major housing land

June 2013

Would be buyers need to move fast if they are hoping to secure an important piece of green field land earmarked for housing in a thriving Somerset town.The prominent site with far reaching views across countryside adjoins a popular school in Frome, which is currently being extended.

A number of national house builders have completed schemes in the town and future growth is planned to meet demand.

Interested parties who do not want to miss out on this latest opportunity to secure a major parcel of prime development land have until noon on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, to submit their sealed informal tenders to the sole agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt. A guide price of £2.5 million is being quoted.

'Graham Ford, Partner handling the sale, said: “This is a clean green field site ready for immediate development with a low affordable housing requirement of only four dwellings from a total of 54.”

The opportunity is expected to attract a great deal of interest as the land is well placed for development near popular Christchurch Primary School in Feltham Lane, Frome. A particular feature of the land is its southerly aspect beside open countryside with far reaching views to the south.

Outline planning permission has been granted for 54 homes on the 4.7 acres (1.7 hectares) site. Existing housing adjoins the eastern boundary of the development site and the western boundary is likely to be re-developed for housing.

Further details are available from the sole agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Land and Planning Division, on 01823 334466.

New Marketing Boards

Refining Excellence

June 2013

An elegant new image has been launched on marketing boards across a leading property specialist’s portfolio.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, one of the largest and longest established “brands” in the South West with over 150 years experience has fine tuned its appearance.

Still with the trademark green and red livery, but refreshed for the 21st century, the upgrade represents confidence in the future.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “We are a traditional Partnership that has always moved with the times and re-branding is no exception, and was only executed after considerable thought.

“The new look will hopefully take us to the next level, as we continue to expand the business having recently opened offices in Wells to the North of our region, and South Molton in the South West of our area. We continue to be an established West Country practice attracting National interest.”

The refinement encompasses marketing boards and media advertisements across the firm’s 17 offices from residential sales and lettings, through the commercial sector, to the agricultural sphere. All departments have adopted the distinctive look.

The design combines a clean modern look with the familiar green and red that are long associated with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

It varies slightly to reflect the different departments. Agricultural sales use more green in their boards than Lettings. Although individually tailored to each division of the firm they all clearly represent and reassuringly reflect the Greenslade Taylor Hunt partnership.

PICTURED: Lucy Haynes, administrator with Greenslade Taylor Hunt and Kathy Cobb, new homes co-ordinator with the firm and some of the new marketing boards.

Collection of early model Double Decker Tram Cars total £1,800

Collection of early model Double Decker Tram Cars total £1,800

June 2013

A Collection of seven 'O' Gauge double decker Trams Cars complete with their boxes, by A J Riensdyk, circa 1920, created considerable interest and sold for a total of £1,800 at a recent GTH Collectors sale held on Friday 7th June.

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Devon Cattle Breeders

Double celebration for Dorrell family

June 2013

Cattle breeders Richard and Anna Dorrell enjoyed fantastic success at the Devon Cattle Breeders Society’s annual show at the Bath & West Showground.

The pair, who trade as Stonegrove Livestock, took first place in the cow class with Stonegrove Norie 9th, a Red Ruby Devon, with her well-grown twin calves at foot.

The cow topped this success by being crowned Breed Champion by the judge Malcolm Hurd, who farms at Wiveliscombe.

Derek Biss, Chairman and Agricultural Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, presented the award to the Dorrells who farm at Shrawley in Worcestershire.

For many years Greenslade Taylor Hunt have been the official auctioneers for the Ruby Red Devon Cattle Society. The firm sponsored the Champion and Reserve Championships at the well-supported event.

Pictured (from left) Derek Biss, Chairman and Agricultural Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Anna Dorrell, Malcolm Hurd and Richard Dorrell.

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl realises £3,100

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl realises £3,100

June 2013

At the June Sale held at the Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl sold for £3,100

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Units J & K

Location, location, location

June 2013

Perfectly placed less than a mile from junction 26 of the M5 on an established, modern industrial park are two warehouse/industrial units that have just come to the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The recently refurbished units are available to let or for sale separately or as a whole.

Tony Mc Donnell, Commercial Surveyor with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “Both these units offer a prospective tenant or purchaser an excellent workplace to either relocate or set up their business. Recently refurbished, both units would suit a broad variety of light industrial and warehousing uses and are located with good access links to the M5 and beyond.”

Unit J, Monument View, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, has attractive fitted offices on the ground floor extending to 32.24 sq m (347 sq ft) along with extensive warehousing of 483.55 sq m (5,205 sq ft). On the first floor there is a larger office space of 49.15 sq m (529 sq ft) and a kitchenette 6.41 sq m (69 sq ft).  It is available via a new lease at £36,000 per annum. Freehold price on application.

Unit K benefits from an adjacent secure compound for parking up to 20 vehicles and storage. The unit extends to 275.46 sq m (2,965 sq ft). It is available via a lease at £20,000 per annum. Again the freehold price on application.

For further information and to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Derek Biss

Magnificent May as cattle sales soar to 1250

June 2013

Leading auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt report a huge throughput of dairy cattle at both Sedgemoor Auction Centre and the country’s largest ever on-farm sale of the year resulting in a whopping 1250 cows sold this month (May 2013)

The impressive figures include the 615 cattle sold as a result of the Hitchcocks Dairy dispersal of organic Holstein Friesian cattle in Devon on behalf of the Persey family.

In a furious seven hours of selling the auctioneers sold a record breaking 615 cattle to buyers from as far afield as West Wales, Shropshire and Hampshire. The firm’s previous record for a one-day sale was just under 500.

The award winning herd which could trace its bloodlines back to the 1940s proved an attractive proposition to buyers from around the South West and beyond.

The dairy department at Sedgemoor, one mile from junction 24 of the M5, is unrivalled in the South West with the largest weekly dairy market in the country every Saturday averaging 85 head, and with over 100 head entered over the last three weeks which is a new centre record.

This enterprise is further enhanced by extremely well supported monthly catalogued collective dairy sales, at Sedgemoor Auction Centre. In addition the department offers dispersals, special sales and Private Treaty selling allowing sellers the best opportunity to market their stock.

For further information contact the Greenslade Taylor Hunt Dairy Department on 01278 410251 or email livestock@gth.net or follow us @GTHDairy

Auctioneer’s comment

Auctioneer Derek Biss now Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, commented that our average monthly dairy sales of over 300 head have always created national interest, however more recently our very large weekly entries of more commercial type dairy stock has also attracted interest from further afield with regular purchasers from West Wales and the Midlands travelling Sedgemoor knowing that they have a large choice of milking cattle in particular to choose from and can easily fill their lorries. Sedgemoor Auction Centre is located in the heart of the West Country is now the main centre for the selling of dairy stock in the South of England and is continuing to grow from its headquarters just one mile of Junction 24 of the M5 motorway.

Riverside Place

Perfectly placed for desirable retailer

June 2013

An attractive “high end” retail location close to the river has just become available.

 Riverside Place beside the River Tone in Taunton is home to a number of specialist and exclusive shops and businesses.

The appealing pedestrianised shopping area set in a courtyard style attracts a range of shoppers drawn to its diverse mix of up market boutiques, independent retailers and restaurants.

The well-established retail scheme is within walking distance of a number of town centre car parks.

The property at 6 Riverside Place provides sales accommodation over the ground and first floors. It is fitted to a high standard with good quality floor coverings, light fittings and air conditioning. The unit also benefits from a good deal of natural light.

The shop is available via the assignment of an existing lease at £14,300 per annum.

For further details and to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

East Devon Land Opportunity

East Devon Land Opportunity

May 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Honiton Office are delighted to have launched Land at Long Chimney Farm, Salcombe Regis near Sidmouth, Devon.  

The land comes to the open market for the first time in 35 years and the sale affords prospective purchasers an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a superb block of level commercial arable land well situated with excellent access and road frontage and extends in total to 167.07 acres (67.61 ha).  The land is being offered for sale by Private Treaty as a whole or in up to four lots although further sub division of lots may be considered. 

The versatile land is anticipated to attract interest from a variety of agricultural and investor buyers. 

For further details please contact Will Handel at Greenslade Taylor Hunt Honiton Office on 01404 46222 or email will.handel@gth.net.

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Huge Crowd at Largest Dairy Sale of the Year

Good cattle, good crowd and good trade at country’s largest one day sale

May 2013

A FRENETIC seven hours of selling took place in Devon yesterday (May 14) as the country’s largest one-day sale of organic cattle took place.

Top price went to a second calver. It fetched 2,100gns at the sale of 615 Holstein Friesians from the highly regarded and long established Hitchcocks Dairy at Langlands Farm, Uffculme, near Cullompton. Calved heifers went for 2,000gns.

More than 200 people braved the rain for the impressive sale conducted by Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt and the farm sales team, on behalf of the Persey family.

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Ruiston Court

Asking price slashed for versatile venue

May 2013

An impressive period property that traded as a successful nursing home for a number of years is being sold at auction next month.

Despite its potential Grade II listed Ruishton Court, near Taunton, has failed to find a buyer since coming to the market last year. The original guide price of £1 million has been snipped to a guide of a mere £500,000.

Graham Ford, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “It is a superb opportunity to acquire a versatile building suitable for healthcare, offices or residential purposes.”

The substantial property, set in grounds totaling five acres, would make a superb wedding venue or conference centre. Its position close to junction 25 of the M5 adds to its appeal and would provide easy access for guests or delegates.

Originally built in 1898 as a family home for the owners of the nearby Creech papermill it remained as a private house until 1992. It was converted into a 27-bedroom nursing/residential home for the elderly in 1993. It traded successfully for 15 years. The business closed in December 2011.

The auction takes place at The Castle Hotel, Taunton, at 2.30pm on Thursday, June 13.

For details of the auction lot contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334466.

Richard, Geoffrey & Carina Persey

Make a date for country’s largest one day sale

May 2013

The largest one-day sale of organic cattle in the country takes place in Devon on Tuesday. (May 14)

Nearly 600 Holstein Friesians from the highly regarded and long established Hitchcocks Dairy will go under the hammer, near Cullompton Devon.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who will be conducting the event, said: “The sale comes highly recommended especially in a year when dispersals appear to be few and far between. The consistent high quality nature of all the cows and heifers makes this a sale not to be missed.”

For the discerning dairyman this is the chance to buy a large number of top quality cattle from a leading organic herd that can trace its origins back to the 1940s.

Sadly the original British Friesian herd was lost to Foot and Mouth. The Persey family under the guidance of Bill then established the ‘Plymtree’ herd which garnered a number of successes on the show circuit including wins at Devon County and Honiton Show.

The dispersal sale follows a decision by the Persey family to cease dairy production and focus fully on other enterprises at Langlands Farm, Uffculme, near Cullompton.

Mr Biss said: “Having walked through the herd you cannot fail to be impressed by these modern cows which are consistent in type being not extreme but with excellent feet and udders. The youngstock are equally impressive and looking exceptionally well.”

Complying with the very highest welfare and health standards these cattle come from a long line of champions.

In total 597 Holstein Friesians will be offered for sale.

The sale begins at 10am.

In addition the well maintained dairy equipment and machinery which is now surplus to requirements also goes under the hammer on Wednesday, June 5th.

For further information contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01278 410250.

Pictured: A ‘Plymtree Prettyface’ daughter is pictured which won best dairy animal at Devon County and Honiton Show.

 

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The Crown Inn, Long Load

Say cheers to this rare opportunity

May 2013

A former pub offers a tantalizing range of possibilities for an owner/occupier, investor or developer.

This substantial property could continue as a pub or wine bar or could be converted for retail, a restaurant or financial and professional services use.

There is also potential to convert the property, subject to the necessary consents, for residential use.

Tony McDonnell, of marketing agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a good sized versatile property with potential for a number of uses including conversion to a family dwelling house, whilst benefiting from a beer garden and large parking area to the rear.”

The Crown Inn, Long Load, Langport, is available at a fixed price of £200,000.

The property has a bar/restaurant area, a tap room, customer toilets, a store room, a skittle alley and a double garage on the ground floor.

There is extensive owners’ accommodation with four bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, plus a downstairs living room.

To arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455 or 01935 423474.

Site for Holiday Lodges

Site offers detailed planning consent for unique holiday lodges

May 2013

A “shovel ready” development opportunity presents itself at Masbury, near Wells.

The attractive rural setting with views across surrounding countryside is sure to prove a draw for tourists looking for a tranquil base to explore the nearby delights of Wells.

The cleared level site at The Old Camp Ground, Thrupe Lane, has outline permission for three holiday dwellings that should provide strong financial returns.

It is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £200,000.

Graham Ford, Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “The plots offer a superb opportunity to construct three holiday lodges.”

The land has established boundaries including conifer planting and extends to 0.4 of an acre.

For further details and to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Land and Planning Division on 01823 334466 or the Wells office on 01749 605605.

Former Brickworks

Commercial development site with planning permission

April 2013

A rare opportunity for an owner/occupier or developer to purchase a serviced commercial development site with planning permission is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £125,000.

The former brickyard at Higher Poole, near Wellington, extends to 0.54 acres (0.22 hectares) and fronts the road.

The full planning consent allows for six B1 commercial units totalling 5,378 sq ft to be put up on the site and for parking for 19 vehicles.

The detailed plans include a block of three terraced units of 872 sq ft each, a separate block of two units of 891 sq ft each and a detached unit of 980 sq ft.

It is thought that developers or owner/occupiers interested in the site, but wanting a different configuration under the B1 category would be considered favourably by Taunton Deane Borough Council.

This is a commercial location a mile from Wellington’s town centre and conveniently located within two miles of Junction 26 of the M5 motorway.

For more information contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Commercial Division on 01823 334455.

Trefusis Lodge

Look forward to getting to work

April 2013

Attractive refurbished offices in a rural, yet convenient location, are available to let on flexible terms with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The property at Trefusis Lodge, Tone Green, Bradford-on-Tone, provides a peaceful working environment with ample car parking. It is situated close to the A38 and is handy for both Taunton and Wellington. Junction 26 of the M5 is just four miles away.

Set on the edge of the village the two-storey property is located within a large gated secure yard. It benefits from good natural light and is open plan. A wet room with shower is situated on the ground floor.

The premises are available via a new lease for a term by arrangement at a guide rent of £10,000 per annum.

In addition a pair of warehouses adjacent to the refurbished offices are available.

These have been clad in timber and are suitable for storage, workshop or office use.

They are also available on flexible terms. Unit 1 is offered at just £2.85 per square foot and Unit 2 at between £1 and £2.50 per square foot.

For further information contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Fore Stree, Wellington

Grab a slice of this investment

April 2013

Investors looking to maximise their money would do well to consider a prime unit in the heart of Wellington’s retail hub.

Units 9 and 9A Fore Street, Wellington, offer a superb investment for the commercial client.

Let to Greggs, the national bakery chain that has around 1,600 shops nationwide and plans to add another 600 outlets in the coming years, the unit attracts a good deal of passing trade. It is enviably positioned next to WH Smith, another big player in the retail sector.

Fore Street is one of Wellington’s main shopping streets and is also one of the main routes through the town for passing traffic.

The town is expanding rapidly with housing and commercial projects on its fringes.

The property is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at offers in the region of £290,000.

The building was substantially refurbished in 2009. Greggs PLC have a full repairing and insuring lease with 11 years remaining on the term and pay a rent of £20,000 per annum.

For further information and to arrange a viewing contact Duncan Brown or Tony McDonnell at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Walford Cross Sale 2013

Massive crowds flocked to South West’s largest one-day machinery sale

April 2013

Bumper crowds from home and abroad packed the South West’s largest one-day machinery sale at Walford Cross, near Taunton.

The event – put on by auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt and now in its 59th year – attracted visitors from Poland, Ireland, Wales and all parts of England.

Around 1,300 people turned out for this major event in the agricultural calendar, filling every available space in the car parks.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt and co-ordinator of the event said: “After last year’s deluge of rain it was so much easier to stage this massive event in favourable weather which resulted in a larger crowd than normal.”

Overall, the machinery and effects were of a much higher quality this year, although entries were down on previous years.  The high prices achieved for scrap metal coupled with a very strong export trade resulted in a flying trade for all the machinery on offer selling to top prices of £13,700 achieved for a Massey Ferguson 4335 FE02 FDO, £8,400 for a MF 6180 Dyna Shift R188 MES and £7,500 for a MF 3085 4wd 1993. Other top prices included £9,000 for an Agrimac 2600 Slurry Tanker, a Dooley Silage Trailer 16T at £8,400, MF700 14T Grain Trailer at £7,500, a Twose Hedgetrimmer at £7,200, a MAS 14T Grain Trailer at £6,600, and £5,000 for a Vaserstead 3M Drill.

The vendors that attended this year’s Walford Cross certainly reaped the rewards this year.

Preparations are already in hand for next year’s event which will mark the occasion’s landmark Diamond Jubilee.

Carol & Ian Johnston move into Chapel Fields

Parents search for home for son turns into a new way of life for Mum and Dad

April 2013

A trip to find a suitable property for their son took an unexpected turn when a couple found the perfect home for themselves.

Ian and Carol Johnston, from the North East of England, were helping their son Edward, who serves with the Royal Navy at Yeovilton, with his property search when they found the ideal home for themselves at Chapel Fields, South Petherton. 

They were so impressed with the development that they made the life changing decision to take early retirement and move South.

“When we came here we liked the property and it ticked all the boxes,” said Mr Johnston.

It had been a spur of the moment decision to view the development and the Johnstons were delighted with what they found.

“It met our requirements,” said Mr Johnston, who has retained his business interests in the North East.

The move went seamlessly and they have immediately felt at home.

They are close to their son and nearer to their daughter, Laura, who works as a fashion designer in London.

The exclusive development by award winning Dorset firm Wyatt Homes offers a high specification design and attention to detail.

There is a mix of traditional country cottages and Georgian style houses set just off the town centre with open countryside around the development.

Phase 1 is now complete and a selection of three, four and five bedroom homes is available to view.

For details of the development and to arrange a viewing contact the agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01935 415300 or 01460 57222 or the sales centre on 01460 242899. Prices start from £335,000.

(Pictured from left) Kathy Cobb, New Homes Coordinator with Greenslade Taylor Hunt presents Carol and Ian Johnston with some flowers and bubbly to welcome them into their new home at Chapel Fields, South Petherton. Dave Vater, site manager with Wyatt Homes is also pictured.

Former Garden Centre

Former Garden Centre Site on Market

April 2013

Offers in excess of £300,000 are invited for a versatile and sizeable site at Cosssington, near Bridgwater, which would lend itself to a variety of business uses.

Mega Granite PLC has used the location at Cossington Lane as a base to manufacture, display and sell headstones and other granite items since 2006.

Previously the extensive plot has been used as a garden centre and it could operate as such a business again.

There is ample space to sell and display horticultural produce including garden furniture, sheds and other related products such as sand, stone and chippings.

There is room for swimming pools to be displayed too.

Marketing agent Duncan Brown, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “This is a sizeable, well located property with a large catchment area readily accessible to the M5. It is suitable for a variety of uses including use as a landscape contractors business and possibly wider commercial uses subject to obtaining planning consent. Indeed, there is a previous permission to extend the existing buildings for office and industrial use which has been implemented.”

For further details and to arrange a viewing contact the sole agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Ilminster Lettings

Expansion for Residential Lettings

April 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt is delighted at the expansion of the Residential Lettings Department in our Ilminster Office. The department is being run by experienced and qualified staff, that are committed to providing excellent customer service teamed with a friendly, local approach. Verity Wootton is a qualified ARLA member and is moving across from our Chard office and will be joined by Lorna Wall who has worked for the firm for a number of years in the Ilminster office and has a wealth of local knowledge and residential experience.

Residential Partner Andrew Perry added “we have for some time recognised the need to expand rental department here in Ilminster, to look after our already large portfolio of managed properties in the town and surrounding villages. I am extremely confident that both Verity and Lorna will be able to provide all our Landlords and tenants an excellent standard of service to ensure stress-free and profitable lets. I’m also in no doubt that our highly successful Chard rental department under the experienced guidance of our manager Amy Davidson will continue to go from strength to strength in the Chard area. ”

At Greenslade Taylor Hunt we see the private rental sector continuing to grow with no sign of change in 2013 and beyond, and have always prided ourselves on providing Landlords with clear, honest advice on what to expect when letting a property. With a great deal of legislative changes in the pipeline, we are confident that our Lettings staff are both knowledgeable and up to date to keep all our clients fully informed.

If you would like a free, no obligation rental valuation or would like any advice concerning any aspect of letting your property or taking up a tenancy, please do not hesitate in contacting Verity or Lorna on 01460 207333 or email rental.ilminster@gth.net

Walford Cross

Walford Cross 2013

April 2013

Walford Cross Machinery Sale is the largest one day Machinery sale in the South West and takes place this Thursday (18th April). Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt runs the mammoth sale and preparations have been underway for a matter of months in order to stage the Sale for the 59th time.

Each year the sale has grown and last year we totaled over 3,500 lots of Tractors, Machinery and Miscellaneous items with buyers travelling from all over the UK and Ireland. This Tuesday (9am-5pm) and Wednesday (9am-4pm) all of the lots are booked in at the sale filed. Viewing for the general public is between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday (17th April).

The first Auction commences at 9am on Thursday 18th April and by midday up to five auctions will be running simultaneously. Last year over 1600 people registered to bid on the morning of the sale as with the sheer number of lots all bidders must register for a bidding number.

For more information contact 01278 410250

Artist's Impression

Unique development opportunity

April 2013

Detailed planning consent to create a substantial five-bedroom residence is one of the attractions of this rural offering which is on the market with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at a guide price of £390,000.

Crossways Farm, at Moorland, near Bridgwater, is just two-and-a-half miles from junction 24 of the M5, yet is set in a secluded position, enjoying south facing rural views.

Graham Ford, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “Crossways Farm offers a unique development opportunity for developers or private individuals seeking to construct a family home in a rural though convenient location. The substantial stone barns are suitable for a variety of purposes which together with adjoining orchard and paddocks will create a very desirable country residence.”

The site is available for immediate development and benefits from detailed planning permission to demolish the existing farmhouse and create an imposing 3,200 sq ft home.

In total the plot extends to 10.69 acres and includes two versatile paddocks, both served by mains water, which would lend themselves to equestrian pursuits.

There is a range of recently refurbished barns which could provide ancillary accommodation or holiday lets – the latter subject to the necessary consents.

For further information or to arrange a viewing contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

Spring West Country Sporting Sale

Spring West Country Sporting Sale

April 2013

Fine Oil Painting of Hounds realises £3,000 at West Country Sporting Sale

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Opening of the Octagon Salerooms

Opening of the Octagon Salerooms

April 2013

The Antiques Saleroom division of Greenslade Taylor Hunt are pleased to announce that their first sale at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013 and further entries are now invited.

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East Devon Land For Sale

February 2013

The Honiton Office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to be marketing land near Membury which occupies a magnificent position overlooking the picturesque Yarty Valley and within an extremely sought after part of East Devon.

In total the land extends to about 33.41 acres and is offered for sale by informal tender, as a whole or in two lots, with a guide price of £140,000 for Lot 1 (21.43 acres) and £85,000 for Lot 2 (11.98 acres). 

 For further details please contact Will Handel at Greenslade Taylor Hunt Honiton Office on 01404 46222.

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West Street

Just what the doctor ordered

February 2013

The chance to convert an attractive, former doctors’ surgery into three handsome dwellings presents itself in South Petherton.

The former surgery in West Street is close to the heart of the town that was recently voted second in a national poll of the best places to bring up a family. The pollsters took into account quality of life and factors like good schools and a low crime rate.

The impressive ham stone property which is Grade II* listed is for sale by private treaty with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at offers in excess of £310,000.

Graham Ford, Partner at the firm’s Land and Planning Division, said: “There are a number of redevelopment options suitable for the property, the first involving implementation of the existing planning consent to create three dwellings or possibly reinstatement as a single private residence with selective demolition of certain extensions.

“A particular feature of the property is the immediate aspect of the south elevation overlooking the town’s war memorial and grounds of St Peter and St Paul’s Church.”

Detailed planning consent was granted in December to convert the property into three homes. The permission also permits the demolition of a large flat roof extension to the rear of the property that will create a pleasant walled garden/amenity space.

The property is ready for immediate development and would make a superb single residence in fantastic location if a prospective purchaser preferred not to pursue the redevelopment option.

For further information and a full technical pack contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 334455.

February Property News

February Property News

February 2013

Our latest market update containing some tips for anyone looking to bring their property to the market shortly, as well as some interesting national and international news. 2013 has certainly got off to a busy start although the lack of fresh property coming to the market is causing something of an in-balance. Hopefully the sun shine that is appearing at present will continue and we will experience the sort of spring weather that we had in March 2012 – equally, hopefully that will not be the last of the fine weather as was the case last year.

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Free Seminar - "After the storm" Helping you develop your farming business

February 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt in association with the National Farmers Union, Albert Goodman, Clarke Willmott and Lloyds TSB are pleased to be holding a free seminar on 14 March 2013 at Taunton Rugby Club.

 The seminar, entitled “After the storm - helping you to develop your farming business” brings together leading professional advisors from the respective firms who regularly deal with agricultural industry issues. The seminar presentations include:

 Are you maximising the business opportunities on your farm? (Will Handel – Greenslade Taylor Hunt)

  1. Borrowing in challenging economic times (David Fowler – Lloyds TSB)
  2. Protecting profits from HMRC (Sam Kirkham – Albert Goodman)
  3. IHT reliefs – how to protect the value of the family farm. (David Maddock – Clarke Willmott)

 A question and answers session will follow the presentations to be followed by a free hot meal.

 Please note that spaces are restricted and to reserve your place please see the attached form or contact your local Greenslade Taylor Hunt office.

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New Chairman for GTH

New Chairman for Greenslade Taylor Hunt

February 2013

Derek Biss has taken the helm at Greenslade Taylor Hunt and is predicting an exciting future for the partnership.

He has just overseen the acquisition of a new base for the firm’s highly regarded fine art section and is confident this can grow to be one of the most important in the Westcountry.

He would like to build on the success the firm enjoyed with its most lucrative one-day antique sale ever with the disposal of the Joy Barnes collection. This featured a Barbara Hepworth piece that went under the hammer at £325,000.

He is bullish about the future.

“I would like to see Greenslade Taylor Hunt expanding in the area. I would like to develop some of the smaller departments in the firm.

“It’s important to be multi-disciplinary as a partnership.”

The firm, which has 17 offices throughout the Westcountry, specialises in all aspects of property from residential to commercial, agriculture to antiques.

Derek has been Head of Agriculture until his new post of Chairman, and heads up the farm sales department as a specialist