Historic Buildings and Sites – The Anstice/Madeley Wood Estate Sale 1926 Page 1

The Anstice/Madeley Wood Estate Sale 1926 Page 1

This must be the longest page we have ever produced, and given the huge amount of fascinating detail it contained for the historian we feel it was worth it!

Following the death of Colonel Sir John Arthur Anstice, K.C.B. in 1926, and with the Madeley Wood Company facing hard times, Madeley saw its largest ever sale of property. On Saturday March 20th at 2.00pm, at the Anstice Memorial Hall Messrs. Barber & Sons, Auctioneers of Wellington, Salop were responsible for the sale of four farms, and a hundred or so houses and cottages, as well as woodland, pit mounts and agricultural land. The rent value in 1926 was given as £1,387 1s 6p — it is difficult to imagine what this would have been worth at modern prices.

Given the incredible amount of historical detail to be found in the sale catalogue we thought it was worth reproducing as fully as possible. These pages will be scanned for our search engine to make it easier for you to find the names of tenants and addresses of houses etc.

The summary of the catalogue lists a total of 66 lots, the first 17 being sold by the trustees of John Anstice and the remainder by the Madeley Wood Company. The farms for sale were Springhill Farm, Cottage Farm, the Hills Lane Holding and Cuckoo Oak Farm, the houses and cottages were situated in Station Road, Prince Street, Queen Street, Mill Lane, Coalport Road, Ironbridge Road and Wellington Road in Madeley; and The Lloyds, Severn Side, Waterloo Street, Bridge Road and Wesley Road in Ironbridge. The farms are described as …“well equipped, the soil is the richest of medium red loams and they are near main roads, first class markets and close to the stations and town of Madeley.”

The text that follows is an exact copy of the original auction catalogue, hence the somewhat archaic punctuation, capitalisation and, in some cases, spelling. (Note from Webmaster – as a printer I found that I could see what appeared to be the work of several people involved in the original typesetting – with less consistency of style towards the end of the document – or perhaps they were just in a hurry to meet a deadline?)

Where known we give the name of the purchaser and the price paid, these are highlighted in RED. (Sale details are from pencilled notes on the catalogue, and are not particularly clear.)

GENERAL REMARKS AND STIPULATIONS

AS TO LOTS 1 — 17.

The Anstice family have been connected with the Town of Madeley for more than 100 years, and this Sale follows the disposal of other long standing interests in the District and provides opportunities both for occupation and investment.

The Farms are at once remarkable for the excellence of the Land and for their good condition, and if additions in the way of Land or Cottages are deemed advisable, the Sale affords either subject.

The Madeley Wood Company having decided to sell their Properties, it has been possible to arrange between the two Vendors that Lots 2 and 4 shall be sold with Lots 18 and 19 respectively, which will be highly advantageous to Purchasers.

AS TO ALL THE LOTS.

Growing Trees and Timber are included in the Sale.

Mines and Minerals (except as stated in the Special Conditions) are the property of the Lord of the Manor of Madeley and are excluded from the Sale.

Tenancies are as described in the Particulars, written Agreements where existing may be inspected at the Auctioneers’ Offices by appointment; the Cultivation of each Field represents the Condition as let to the various Tenants.

Rentals. Where necessary viz. Lots 2, 5, 6, 13, 14 and 18, Rentals have been apportioned solely for the purpose of this present Sale.

Outgoings. Tithe Rent Charge has been abstracted solely for the guidance of prospective purchasers from recent demands, which may or may not be correct. No legal apportionments have been made, nor shall any be required.

Areas have been computed from Ordinance Survey Maps (1902 Edition) and these, together with the Particulars, are believed to be correct, but heir accuracy is not guaranteed and no claim will be admitted for errors or omissions.

Plans have been prepared solely for the purposes of identification and the Sale is not by Plan.

PARTICULARS

Lots 1 to 10


Lot 1

An exceptionally well situated Dairy or Mixed Farm, KNOWN AS “SPRINGHILL FARM”, MADELEY.
situate adjoining the Main Road (Wellington to Bridgnorth) 1/2 mile from Madeley Market Station, and comprising:— CAPITAL HOUSE, GOOD BUILDINGS, 2 COTTAGES, ARABLE AND PASTURE LAND of wonderfully fertile nature; the whole extending to an area of
83 Acres 0 Roods 38 Poles or thereabouts.
Tenant — Mr. W. E. Lawton.
This Farm possesses many unusually good attributes — comparatively modern buildings, excellent double main road frontages, brook boundary and soil of the highest class.
The House is very pleasantly situated, it is sub-let to Mrs. Gray and contains;— Sitting Room, good Dining Room, Kitchen, Back Kitchen, Pantry, Dairy, Capital Cellar and 4 Bedrooms. Excellent Garden. Also Soft and Hard Water Wells.
The Buildings are centrally placed and comprise:— Cowshed for 10 with Feeding Passage and Calf cote, Cowshed for 6, 2 Loose Boxes, Open Yard with Shelter Shed; 5 stall Stable with loft; Pigsty, Boiler house, large Barn with Straw bay; Root House and Mixing house with cutting lofts over, Implement shed with loft, 3 Bay Cartshed with Granaries over.
Two brick built and tiled Cottages with Gardens adjacent to the Main Road.
The Land
is intersected by the Main Road and by Hills Lane, and is bounded by a good Brookcourse and is an exceedingly fertile red loam, with special adaptation for grass, clover, wheat and root crops.
Tenancy. The Farm is let with other Lands to Mr. W. E. Lawton on an Annual Ladyday Tenancy at a reduced (1922) Rental of £130 10s 0d. per annum — this Rental includes Field No. 171 Part (Lot 2) but is exclusive of Meadow No. 26.
Outgoings. Tithe apportionment £15 10s. 6d.
Sold to (unclear) Bishop, £1,900


LOT 2.

An area of Accommodation Pasture Land, situate with frontage to the Main Road (Wellington to Bridgnorth) to Prince’s Street, Madeley, and to the Canal, also in proximity to Cuckoo Oak Farm and the Town, extending to an area of
4 Acres 3 Roods 11 Poles or thereabouts.
Tenant — Mr. W. E. Lawton.
ALSO
AN ANNUAL RENT CHARGE OF £2 6s 10d
payable by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company, in respect of a certain right of user of a Feeder to supply water to the Canal.
Tenancy. The Land is let as part of Lot 1 to Mr. W. E. Lawton, on an Annual Ladyday Tenancy, at an apportioned Rental of £7 4s. 0d.
Outgoings. Tithe apportionment £1 9s. 0d.
Note. The above Lot will be sold with Lot 18, Cuckoo Oak Farm.


LOT 3.

An exceptionally well equipped Dairy or Feeding Farm, KNOWN AS “THE COTTAGE FARM”, MADELEY.
situate on the Southern outskirts of the Town and close to Madeley Market Station, comprising:—
EXCELLENT HOUSE, EXTENSIVE BUILDINGS AND FIRST CLASS ARABLE PASTURE AND WOODLAND, the whole extending to an area of
73 Acres 2 Roods 36 Poles or thereabouts.
Tenants — Executors of the late Mr. J. Chatham.

This Farm also possesses several attractions, it has Urban conveniences and the best of Land, while the present Sale offers opportunities for the addition of either Cottages or adjoining Land if needed.
The House is very substantially built with a South Westerly aspect and contains:— Sitting Room, Dining Room, Work Room, Kitchen, Back Kitchen, Larder, Cellar and 5 Bedrooms and Box Room.
The Buildings are very spacious and substantially built, they comprise:— Coach house, Hackney stable, Harness room, 2 Loose Boxes and an exceptionally large and useful Covered Yard originally built for Hunter Boxes; Cowshed for 14, Open Yard with Feeding and Shelter sheds, Bull box, 2 Loose boxes, 5-Stall stable, Root house, Mixing House, Meal house, Grinding and Corn lofts, Engine house and Implement shed.
The Land includes some first-class Pastures and exceedingly able Arable Land of medium loamy nature and capable of yielding heavy crops of roots, clovers or cereals.
Water supplies from Pump, Town supply and from Brookcourse.
Tenancy. The Farm is let to the Executors of the late Mr. J Chatham on an Annual Ladyday Tenancy at a reduced (1922) Rental of £109 16s 0d. exclusive of Woodland.
Outgoings. Tithe apportionment £22 5s. 8d.
Sold to Chatham? (unclear) £1,750


LOT 4.

An area of Accommodation Land, situate adjoining Springhill Farm and Mount Pleasant and having frontage to Hills Lane, Madeley, comprising:— FIRST CLASS PASTURE AND ARABLE LAND extending to
26 Acres 3 Roods 5 Poles or thereabouts.
Tenant — Mr. Arthur Pooler.
This property is situated near Madeley Market Station and the Town and would make a valuable addition to either of the Holdings in the vicinity, or with Lot 19, would form a capital Small Holding.
Tenancy. The Land is let on an Annual Ladyday Tenancy to Mr. Arthur Pooler, at the Annual Rental of £50 0s. 0d.
Outgoings. Tithe apportionment £5 17s. 0d.
Note. Further Land and Buildings (Lot 19) will be incorporated with the above Lot.
Sold to Legge £875


LOT 5.

A valuable Field of Accommodation Pasture Land,
situate near Cement Mill, Madeley, and within a very short distance of Station Road, Madeley, extending to an area of
1 Acre 1 Rood 11 Poles or thereabouts.
Tenant — Mr. J. W. Fletcher.
This Land is well watered and would make a valuable addition to adjoining Properties.
Tenancy. This Field is let with other Lands to Mr. J. W Fletcher on an Annual Ladyday Tenancy at an apportioned Rental of £3 0s. 0d.
Outgoings. Tithe apportionment 5/6.
Sold to Guy £45


LOT 6.

Three useful enclosures of Accommodation Pasture Land,
situate near Lot 5 and adjoining the Cottage Farm, Madeley, extending to an area of
2 Acres Roods 15 Poles or thereabouts.
Tenant — Mr. J. W. Fletcher.
Outgoings
. Tithe apportionment 8/-.
This Land was formerly Garden Ground and hence is rich in fertility and is very accessible from the Town.
Tenancy. The Land is let with other Lands to Mr. J. W. Fletcher on an Annual Ladyday Tenancy at an apportioned Annual Rental of £4.once the home of Basil Brooke, Speaker of Parliament, and Abraham Darby the First.


LOT 7.

Two well built and commodious Dwelling Houses with Large Gardens
situate and being Nos. 13 and 14 Station Road, Madeley, and extending to an area of
3 Roods 0 Poles.
Tenants — Mrs. Bowen and Mr. J. H. Bowen.
This property was formerly a large Private Residence of very substantial character, it has quite recently been decorated and repaired at a cost of £85 4s. 0d.
No. 13 is let to Mrs. M. A. Bowen on a quarterly Tenancy at a nett annual Rental of £18 4s 0d
Accommodation. Entrance Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Pantry, Cellar, 4 Bedrooms and W.C..
Outbuildings. Dairy, Wash house, Store room with Loft, Coal store. There is also Lawn, Orchard and Capital Garden.
No. 14 is let to Mr. J. H. Bowen on a quarterly tenancy at a nett annual Rental of £20 16s 0d.
Accommodation. Entrance Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Pantry, Cellar, three large Bedrooms and two small rooms.
Outbuildings. Scullery, Coal house and E.C. Water and Gas laid on to both Houses.


LOT 8.

A pair of well built Cottages with Gardens and Outbuildings,
Nos. 15 and 16 Station Road, Madeley, extending to an area of
1 Rood 8 Poles or thereabouts.
Tenants — Messrs. E. W Meyrick and J. Parsons.
These Houses contain similar accommodation — 4 Rooms and each has Wash house and E.C., Coal House and Garden.
There is also a three stall Stable with Loft over, not let with the Cottages.
Tenancy. The Houses are let to Messrs. Meyrick and Parsons on monthly tenancies at gross Rentals amounting annually to £18 6s 2d.
The Stabling has an estimated nett Rental Value of £2 12s 0d.
Sold to Beddoes £130


LOT 9.

An excellent field of Accommodation or Building Land
having a frontage of 260 feet to Station Road, Madeley, and adjoining Madeley Market Station, extending to an area of
1 Acre 2 Roods 4 poles or thereabouts.
Tenant — Mr F. P. Stanway.
This Lot has frontages both to Roads and Railway and having a level surface, is admirably adapted for Building purposes.
Tenancy. The Field is let on an Annual Ladyday Tenancy to Mr. F. P. Stanway at a Rental of £6 10s. 0d.
Outgoings. Tithe apportionment, 16/3.


LOT 10.

A very well situated Plot of Garden Ground
having a frontage of 70 feet to Station Road, Madeley, and being opposite Lot 9, extending to an area of
1103 Square Yards or thereabouts.
Tenant — Mr E. Francis.
This Lot has a Southerly slope and forms a first class Building site of convenient size.
Tenancy. The Field is let on a half yearly Tenancy to Mr. E. Francis at an Annual Rental of £1 10s. 0d.
Sold to Humphries £36