Tractors and more go under the hammer

Pictured is Ben Wills with the Daventry cart
Pictured is Ben Wills with the Daventry cart

EVERYTHING from 110-year-old carts, to modern tractors featured in a farm sale.

The auction of modern and vintage farm equipment was held at The Homestead in Bugbrooke on Wednesday last week and was handled by Brown & Co.

Ben Wills, from Brown & Co, said: “The whole sale went extremely well.

“A really interesting lot was a four-wheeled cart, which was described as being of the Northamptonshire/Rutland style which dated back to 1903.

“It had a headboard with signwriting on saying ‘George Bannard, Thrupp Grounds, Daventry’.

“The farm name still exists, off the road between Daventry and Long Buckby Wharf.

“That was sold for £1,450 to a private collector in Yorkshire who was absolutely delighted to have secured the item.

“There was also a Fordson N tractor which sold for £920, which had been brought by Mr Hawkins and his wife for just £50.

“Mr and Mrs Hawkins ran the farm, and then looked into opening up a working vintage farm, so they started collecting items they could use, hence why there’s a mix.

“In the end they decided against that and wanted to sell off some things.”

Top lot on the day was a 2008 Belarus tractor, going for £12,800. Other big ticket items were the more modern pieces of machinery.

But there were also some more unusual items in the sale. There was a collection of sawn timber for sale (£370), a quantity of scrap metal (£540), and even some oil and containers (£220) along with saddles, a two-wheeled trap, and a slightly less glamorous muck spreader.

Mr Wills said: “There was a huge amount of interest in the sale.

“There was more modern farm machinery and classic items as well, so it appealed to two different markets – working farmers and collectors of classic pieces.

“The sale drew people from all over the country, and beyond.

“In all there was 400 lots and everything was sold – it was a successful day.

“Brown & Co would like to thank Mr and Mrs Hawkins for selecting us to handle it all for them.”