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15th September 1930 - Sale of the Wickhamford estate, 631 acres, land at Wickhamford, Badsey and Bengeworth

This major auction included land and property in Wickhamford, Bengeworth, Aldington and Badsey. The locations are shown on a map. Full details of this appear on the Badsey Society archive.

A total of 631 acres of market garden land, pasture and ash coppice, 36 modern dwelling houses and three cottages were put up for auction by E. G. Righton & Son at the Town Hall in Evesham. The majority of the 85 lots were in Wickhamford, with some in land adjoining the village in Bengeworth, Aldington and Badsey. At that time the land and houses produced a gross rental value of £1,832 p.a. The property was being auctioned by order of the Trustees of the Will of the late Captain J. P. Lord. This article gives a summary of the land, properties and tenants for the Wickhamford lots.

Auction details

John Pickup Lord

John Pickup Lord, the son of John and Ann, was born in Lancashire in 1821. He married Constance Charlotte Hallett in London in 1858 and they had six children, who were born in Cheltenham and Hallow, Worcs. He died at Hallow in 1877 and Charlotte died in 1884. John Lord owned property in Lancashire and at Hallow, Aldington, Badsey and Wickhamford. The final parts of his Estate were not sold until nearly 70 years after his death. Trustees were appointed after his death to administer his estates and a succession of new trustees were appointed after 1878.

J. P. Lord had bought the estate at Wickhamford and surrounding parishes on 12th October 1869 from Sir Edmund Filmer and The Right Honourable Augustus Frederick Arthur, Lord Sandys, Baron Sandys.

Plaque on the side of 6 Longdon Hill indicating that the property was built by J. P. Lord (this property was not part of the Auction).
Plaque on the side of 6 Longdon Hill indicating that the property was built by J. P. Lord (this property was not part of the Auction).

The Wickhamford Estate Auction Lots

The table below gives Righton’s lot number and the corresponding reference numbers in the plan of the estate (see maps at end of article). Lot nos 1-4 and 25-41 were outside the parish of Wickhamford and are not dealt with here.

An acre is 4,840 sq. yards; a rood is 1,210 sq. yards; a perch is 30¼ sq. yards.

Lot No (Plan ref)

Description and plot area in acres, roods and perches

Rental Value

Tenants

5 (171 & 172)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Longdon Hill Ground’ (1A 3R 9P)

£4/10/4

Robert Aspland

6 (57, 58 & 59)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Bengeworth Ground’ (4A 2R 8P)

£11/7/4

James Hampton
Mr Humphris
Mr Wrigley

7 (61-67)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Bengeworth Ground’ (8A 2R 16P)

£20/5/8

John Martin
John B. Martin
C. L. Hancox
H. A. Conn
Thomas Simms

(69 & 70) Also Garden Land, known as part of ‘First Aunmoor Field’ (2A 0R 32P) £4/19/0 T. W. Winnett
R. W. H. Winnett

8 (165)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Second Longdon Hill Ground’ (2A 2R 22P)

£6/12/0

F. A. Gilbert

9 (160)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Second Longdon Hill Ground’ (1A 3R 13P)

£4/11/10

Geoffrey Street

10 (145 & 149)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Longdon Ground’ (3A 0R 13P)

£6/18/8

Fred W. Street
John Martin

11 (72 & 73)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘First Aunmoor Field’ (2A 0R 0P)

£4/10/0

Mrs E. M. Street

12 (76-84)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘First Aunmoor Field’ (10A 2R 39P)

£22/15/2

Mrs E. M. Street
P. W. Phillips
J. B. Martin
J. Martin
Reprs. Sam Begley
Ralph Williams
F. A. Gilbert
W. G. Griffin

13 (85-91)

Garden Land, known as ‘Second Aunmoor Field) (10A 2R 11P)

£25/1/6

George Greening
James Brotherton
Jack Need
W. Griffin jun.
J. E. Knight

 

Elias Charles Walters (Lot 46 & 48) who rented the pasture known as ‘Sally Close’.
Elias Charles Walters (Lot 46 & 48) who rented the pasture known as ‘Sally Close’.
George Robbins (Lots 48, 64, 82 & 84).
George Robbins (Lots 48, 64, 82 & 84).
Fred Mason (Lot 74) with a hundred of asparagus.
Fred Mason (Lot 74) with a hundred of asparagus.
Jim Moisey (Lots 43, 50, 72, 73 & 74) with cut asparagus grown at Whitfurrows.
Jim Moisey (Lots 43, 50, 72, 73 & 74) with cut asparagus grown at Whitfurrows.

Lot No (Plan ref)

Description and plot area in acres, roods and perches

Rental Value

Tenants

14 (113)

Brook Meadow, known as part of ‘Cow Meadow’ (5A 0R 0P)

£12/10/0

Thomas Marshall

15 (92-96)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Rook Tree Ground’ (9A 1R 22P)

£23/9/2

William Troughton
G. Evans
T. H. Knight
G. H. Knight

16 (101-105)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Rook Tree Ground’ (7A 3R 1P)

£19/7/10

H. Daniels
P. P. Turvey
H. Daniels
A. Cother

17 (114)

Brook Meadow, known as ‘Cow Meadow’ (5A 1R 30P)

£13/12/0

J. W. Mason
 

 

Garden Land, known as ‘Rook Tree Land’ (2A 1R 27P)

Also the Estate Quarry

£6/1/0 J. W. Mason

18 (115-123, 143 & 144)

Garden Land, known as ‘Quarry Ground’ (23A 3R 14P)

£62/1/4

W. Andrews
A. Johns
E. Major & sons
G. E. Shammon
J. E. Knight
F. E. Hopkins
E. Halford

19 (156)

Brook Meadow, known as ‘Ann Meadow’ (7A 1R 31P)

£14/17/9

B. R. Swift

20 (136)

Market Garden Holding, known as ‘Cold Corner’ (6A 2R 29P),

together with a brick-built and tiled Semi-detached Dweling House, known as ‘No 1 Longdon Hill

£13/2/3

 

£11/5/0

A. P. Edwards

 

A. P. Edwards

21

The adjoining Dwelling House, known as ‘No 2 Longdon Hill’

£11/5/0

B. R. Swift

22 (134 & 135)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Cold Corner (3A 3R 32P)

The two rows of apple tree belong to the Landlord and are included in the Sale

£7/6/6

A. P. Edward
B. Harman

23 (124-130 & 138-142)

Garden Land, known as ‘Further Great Ground’ (20A 2R 19P)

£41/5/0

G. R. Smith
A. Cother
G. H. Smith
W. Andrews jun.
F. Griffin
B. Griffin
S. Pitman
A. G. Edwards

24 (68)

Garden Land, known as part of ‘Second Aunmoor Field’ (11A 0R 30P)

£35/0/0

B. T. Roberts
W. E. Roberts

 

 Stan Figgitt (‘Figgett’ in list) (Lot 73) at his glasshouse.
Stan Figgitt (‘Figgett’ in list) (Lot 73) at his glasshouse.
George Brotherton (Lots 51, 66 & 69) in his Sunday best.
George Brotherton (Lots 51, 66 & 69) in his Sunday best.

 

Lot No (Plan ref)

Description and plot area in acres, roods and perches

Rental Value

Tenants

43

A block of four Dwelling Houses, brick-built and tiled, with gardens and outbuildings, known as Nos 23, 24, 25 & 26 Wickhamford

£33/15/0

Mrs E. Hartwell
W. Pearce
T. J. Moisey
S. J. Byrd

44

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with black and white gable, gardens and outbuildings

£22/10/0

Wilfred Pitman
William Walters

45

A pair of brick-built and tiled Dwelling Houses, with gardens and outbuildings, being Nos 31 & 32 Wickhamford

£21/0/0

Late S. Styles repress
Jesse Colley sen.

46

A pair of brick-built and tiled Dwelling Houses, with gardens and outbuildings, being Nos 33 & 34 Wickhamford

£21/0/0

Charles Walters
Basil Griffin

47

A pair of brick-built and tiled Dwelling Houses, with gardens and outbuildings, being Nos 35 & 36 Wickhamford

£11/5/0
&
£13/11/0

William Bennett
&
James Dolphin

 

48 (272)

Pasture land known as ‘Sally Close’ (11A 1R 35P)

£23/0/0

Jesse Colley
Charles Walters
Jesse Colley jun.
G. E. Robbins

49 (271)

Pasture Land, known as part of ‘Pitchers Hill Close’ (3A 1R 9P)

£9/18/4

H. J. Sederfin

50 (270)

Pasture Land, known as part of ‘Pitchers Hill Close’ (4A 0R 32P)

£12/12/10

T. J. Moisey

51 (269)

Pasture Land, known as part of ‘Pitchers Hill Close’ (3A 0R 16P)

£9/6/0

George Brotherton

52 (267 & 268)

Pasture Land, known as part of ‘Pitchers Hill Close’ (5A 1R 24P)

£16/3/8

C. W. Halford
H. Halford

53

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with gardens and outbuildings

£11/5/0
&
£15/0/0

Mrs Newbury
&
E. J. Pethard

54

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with gardens and outbuildings

£27/12/0

C. W. Halford
W. G. Snell

55

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with gardens and outbuildings

£23/12/0

F. J. R. Collett
C. S. Phipps

56 (266)

Garden Land, known in part as ‘Hither Coombe Way’ (7A 3R 5P)

£15/11/4

T. H. Collett
F. J. R. Collett

 

Gilbert Franklin (Lot 75).
Gilbert Franklin (Lot 75).
Stephen Styles (Lot 45) after his wedding in 1910.
Stephen Styles (Lot 45) after his wedding in 1910.
Tom (‘Bert’) Collett (Lot 56) who gardened with his brother Fred.
Tom (‘Bert’) Collett (Lot 56) who gardened with his brother Fred.

Lot No (Plan ref)

Description and plot area in acres, roods and perches

Rental Value

Tenants

57 (265)

Garden Land, known in part as ‘Hither Coombe Way’ (5A 0R 6P)

£10/1/6

C. S. Phipps

58

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with gardens and outbuildings

£23/12/0

Mrs A. Cox
Allen Halford

59 (261-263)

Garden Land, known in part as ‘Hither Coombe Way’ (7A 3R 38P)

£15/9/6

W. G. Howells
Mrs A. Cox
Allen Halford

60 (258 & 259)

Garden Land, known in part as ‘Hither Coombe Way’ (9A 1R 10P)

Brick-built and tiled detached Dwelling House, with gardens and outbuildings being No 11 Pitchers Hill

£18/12/6

£14/8/8

J. Sutton
John Cook

G. J. Sutton

61

A pair of brick-built and tiled Dwelling Houses, with half-timbered gable, gardens and outbuildings being Nos 12 & 13 Pitchers Hill

£22/5/0

R. A. Brewer
Frederick Griffin

62 (257)

Garden Land, known in part as ‘Hither Coombe Way’ (10A 1R 16P)

 

£20/14/0

R. A. Brewer

63

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with gardens and outbuildings being Nos 14 & 15 Pitchers Hill

£20/0/0

Robert Turner
D. E. Bean

64

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with gardens and outbuildings being Nos 16 & 17 Pitchers Hill

£21/4/0

G. E. Robbins
Henry Halford

65

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with gardens and outbuildings being Nos 18 & 19 Pitchers Hill

£23/1/0

C. R. Mason

William Moore

66

A pair of brick-built and tiled modern Dwelling Houses with gardens and outbuildings being Nos 20 & 21 Pitchers Hill

£17/11/0
&
£11/5/0

George Brotherton
&
W. G. Howells

67 (221-227 & 229-234)

Garden Land known as ‘Withey Dean’ (17A 2R 32P)

£34/15/6

E. Mitchell
F. R. Stewart
R. Hartwell
T. H. Willis
James Hartwell
George Moisey
Henry E. Mitchell
W. H. Andrews
D. W. Hampton
F. Halford
G. H. Pitts
James Willmore
G. A. Agg

68 (274)

Garden Land known in part as ‘How Acre’ (1A 2R 0P)

£3/0/0

R. P. Hartwell

69 (278-280 & 282-287)

Garden Land known in part as ‘How Acre’ (11A 2R 15P)

 

 

 

Also (228 on plan) The Ash Coppice (1A 0R 10P)

£23/4/4

W. H. Srephens
R. P. Hartwell
George Brotherton
James Willmore
D. W. Hampton
A. Phillips

70 (288)

The Ash Coppice known as ‘Coombefield Plantation’ (5A 3R 16P)

-

-

71 (235)

Garden Land known as part of ‘Coombe Map’ (4A 2R 2P)

£9/0/6

J. H. Walters

 

Allen Halford (Lots 58, 59 & 78) during the Great War.
Allen Halford (Lots 58, 59 & 78) during the Great War.
Henry (‘Harry’) Halford (Lots 52, 54 & 75) during the Great War.
Henry (‘Harry’) Halford (Lots 52, 54 & 75) during the Great War.
Mrs Alice Jane Cox, (Lots 58, 59 & 72) who had two plots on Pitchers Hill.
Mrs Alice Jane Cox, (Lots 58, 59 & 72) who had two plots on Pitchers Hill.
George Pitts, (Lot 67) outside of the cottages demolished to make way for Hody’s Place.
George Pitts, (Lot 67) outside of the cottages demolished to make way for Hody’s Place.
Charles Halford, (Lots 52, 54 & 75) with the Pitchers Hill Council Houses behind.
Charles Halford, (Lots 52, 54 & 75) with the Pitchers Hill Council Houses behind.
George Joseph Sutton (Lots 60 & 78) outside of the Memorial Hall.
George Joseph Sutton (Lots 60 & 78) outside of the Memorial Hall.

Lot No (Plan ref)

Description and plot area in acres, roods and perches

Rental Value

Tenants

72 (237-244)

Garden Land known as part of ‘Coombe Map’ (17A 0R 2P)

£34/0/10

W. Moore
Jesse Colley jun.
T. J. Moisey
G. A. Agg
C. R. Mason
W. G. Snell’s Repre.
Mrs A. Cox

73 (245-249)

Market Garden and Pasture holding known as
‘Mere Dean’,
‘Whitfurrows’
‘The Furrows’
Total area, (47A 2R 5P)

£30/0/0
-
£21/10/2

 

Jesse Colley
-
T. J. Moisey
W. G. Snell’s Repres.
Jesse Wheatly
H. W. J. Figgett
S. Figgett

 

Together with, a brick-built and tiled Cottage and garden

and farm buildings – barn, stable, loose box, granary etc.

£11/5/0 Jesse Wheatley

74 (250-254)

Garden Land known as ‘The Furrows’ (9A 3R 18P)

£19/14/8

F. C. Mason
C. R. Mason
T. J. Moisey
William Walters
T. J. Moisey

75 (312 & 313, 315-317 and 319-322)

Garden Land known as ‘The Middle Field’ (13A 3R 6P)

£20/14/2

William Bennett
G. C. Franklin
C. H. Parker
C. W. Halford
Henry Halford
E. Major
B. H. Williams

76 (305-310)

Garden Land known as ‘Further Field’ (9A 1R 37P)

£14/4/6

F. J. R. Collett
R. Turner

77 (338-341)

Garden Land known as ‘Flax Leaze’ (9A 0R 28P)

£18/7/2

John Agg sen.
Robert Turner
John Agg jun.

78 (326 and 328-337)

Garden Land known as ‘Cames Acre’ (15A 0R 0P)

£37/16/10

J. Pethard
V. J. B. Pethard
C. H. Parker
W. T. Farman
G. H. Pardoe
A. Halford
G .J. Sutton
A. Halford
G. J. Sutton

79 (342)

Garden Land known as ‘Little Furlong’ (10A 3R 33P)

£32/17/4

B. R. Swift

80 (343-347)

Garden Land known as ‘Little Ground’ (9A 0R 24P)

£22/17/6

B. R. Swift
J. Pitman
C. E. Davis
C. Martin jun.
W. Pitman

81 (348)

Garden Land known as ‘Great House Ground’ (6A 3R 23P)

£17/4/8

M. G. Hepburn

82 (349-353)

Garden Land known as ‘Longdon Ground’ (19A 3R 6P)

£49/9/4

F. Griffin
G. E. Robbins
Thomas Simms
George Hancox
Henry Daniels

83 (354)

Garden Land known as ‘The Slingett’ (7A 2R 25P)

£15/6/4

W. J. Kendall

84 (355-370)

Garden Land known as ‘ Bengeworth Furrows’ (24A 1R 8P)

£48/12/6

G. E. Robbins
E. Smith
Mrs E. M. Street
H. J. Hallam
J. H. Rapson
B. Harman
J. Hill
J. H. Coles
James Gould
J. H. Coles
B. Harman

85 (371)

Pasture Land known as ‘The Shooting Field’ (23A 2R 2P)

£23/10/0

A. H. Eaton

 

Basil Griffin (‘Griffen’ in list), (Lots 43 & 46) with wife and grandchild, outside his shed.
Basil Griffin (‘Griffen’ in list), (Lots 43 & 46) with wife and grandchild, outside his shed.
Frederick Griffin (‘Griffen’ in list) (Lots 23, 51 & 82).
Frederick Griffin (‘Griffen’ in list) (Lots 23, 51 & 82).

Index of Tenants and where they appear in the Table of Lot numbers. Names in bold are of those shown in pictures - the photographs of the market gardeners are not usually from the period around the time of the sale in 1930.

Agg, G. A. 67, 72 Knight, J. E. 13, 18
Agg, John 77 Knight, T. H. 15
Agg, John jun. 77 Marshall, Thomas 14
Alford, E. 18 Martin, John 7, 10, 12
Andrews, W. 18 Martin, John jun. 80
Andrews, W. jun. 23 Martin, John B. 80
Andrews, W. H. 67 Mason, C. R. 65, 72, 74
Aspland, Robert 5 Mason, F. C. 74
Bean, Thomas 63 Mason, J. W. 17
Begley, Samuel 12 Major, E. 18, 75
Bennett, William 47, 75 Mitchell, E. 67
Brewer, R. A. 61, 62 Mitchell, Henry E. 67
Brotherton, George 51, 66, 69 Moisey, George 67
Brotherton, James 13 Moisey, T. J. 43, 50, 72, 73, 74
Byrd, S. J. 43 Moore, William 65, 72
Coles, J. H. 84 Need, Jack 13
Collett, F. J. R. 55, 56 76 Newbury, Mrs 53
Collett, T. H. 56 Pardoe, G. H. 78
Colley, Jesse sen. 45, 48, 73 Parker, C. H. 75, 78
Colley, Jesse jun. 48, 72 Pearce, W. 43
Conn, H. A. 7 Pethard, E. J. 53
Cook, John 60 Pethard, H. J. 78
Cother, A. 16, 23 Pethard, V. J. B. 78
Cox, Mrs A. 58, 59, 72 Phillips, A. 69
Daniels, Henry 16, 82 Phillips, P. W. 12
Davis, C. E. 80 Phipps, C. S. 55, 57
Dolphin, James 47 Pitman, J. 80
Eaton, A. H. 85 Pitman, S. 23
Edwards, A. G. 23 Pitman, Wilfred 44, 80
Edwards, A. P. 20, 22 Pitts, G. H. 67
Evans, G. 15 Rapson, J. H. 84
Farman, W. T. 78 Robbins, G. E. 48, 64, 82, 84
Figgett, H. W. J. 73 Roberts, B. T. 24
Figgett, S. 73 Roberts, W. E. 24
Franklin, G. C. 75 Shammon, J. E. 18
Gilbert, F. A. 8, 12 Siderfin, H. J. 49
Gould, James 84 Simms, Thomas 7, 82
Greening, George 13 Smith, E. 84
Griffen, Basil 23, 46 Smith, G. H. 23
Griffen, Frederick 23, 61, 82 Smith, G. R. 23
Griffin, W. G. jun. 12, 13 Snell, W. G. 54, 72, 73
Halford, Allen 58, 59, 78 Stephens, W. H. 69
Halford, C. W. 52, 54, 75 Stewart, F. R. 67
Halford, Henry 52, 64, 75 Street, Mrs E. M. 11, 12, 84
Halford, James 67 Street, Fred 10
Hallam, H. J. 84 Street, Geoffrey 9
Hampton, James 6 Styles, S. 45
Hampton, D. W. 67, 69 Sutton, G. J. 60, 78
Hancox, C. L. 7 Swift, B. R. 19, 21, 79, 80
Hancox, George 82 Troughton, William 15
Harman, B. 22, 84 Turner, Robert 63, 76, 77
Hartwell, Mrs E. 43 Turvey, P. P. 16
Hartwell, James 67 Walters, Charles 46, 48
Hartwell, R. 67 Walters, J. H. 71
Hartwell, R. P. 68, 69

Walters, William

44, 74
Hepburn, M. G. 81 Wheatley, Jesse 73
Hill, J. 84 Williams, B. H. 75
Hopkins, F. E. 18 Williams, Ralph 12
Howells, W. G. 59, 66 Willis, T. H. 67
Humphris 6 Willmore, James 67, 69
Johns, A. 18 Winnett, R. W. H. 7
Kendall, W. J. 83 Winnett, T. W. 7
Knight, G. H. 15 Wrigley 6

 

Charles Hancox (Lot 7) celebrated his Diamond Wedding Anniversary with his wife, Beatrice, in 1981.
Charles Hancox (Lot 7) celebrated his Diamond Wedding Anniversary with his wife, Beatrice, in 1981.
Charles Mason (Lots 65, 72 & 74) and his wife Annie at his son Fred’s wedding in 1943.
Charles Mason (Lots 65, 72 & 74) and his wife Annie at his son Fred’s wedding in 1943.
W. Pearce (Lot 43) with his wife.
W. Pearce (Lot 43) with his wife.
Thomas H. Willis (Lot 67).
Thomas H. Willis (Lot 67).
Charles Parker (Lots 75 & 78) and his wife Elsie.
Charles Parker (Lots 75 & 78) and his wife Elsie.
Map 1 – Detail of Lots in Eastern part of the village.
Map 1 – Detail of Lots in Eastern part of the village.
Map 2 – Detail of Lots in the South-Western part of the village.
Map 2 – Detail of Lots in the South-Western part of the village.
Map 3 – Detail of Lots in the central part of the village.
Map 3 – Detail of Lots in the central part of the village.
Map 4 – Detail of Lots in the North-Western part of the village.
Map 4 – Detail of Lots in the North-Western part of the village.
Map 5 – Detail to show houses along Pitchers Hill.
Map 5 – Detail to show houses along Pitchers Hill.
Map 6 – Detail of houses along Manor Road and Longdon Hill.
Map 6 – Detail of houses along Manor Road and Longdon Hill.

Thanks are due to Maureen Spinks for the background information on John Pickup Lord.

Tom Locke November 2012