Clarke & Simpson’s auction in Campsea Ashe to feature ‘lots of lots’ of local interest

A vintage Austin, which feautres in the Clarke & Simpson auction

A vintage Austin, which feautres in the Clarke & Simpson auction - Credit: Archant

An auction featuring nearly 680 lots, including more than a dozen vintage cars and other items of local interest, is being held this weekend in east Suffolk.

Clarke & Simpson says Saturday’s bygones and collectibles auction in Campsea Ashe will offer a “truly diverse sale” featuring “lots of lots with local interest”.

Among the items going under the hammer are four classic motorbikes from the estate of a local enthusiast, along with 14 classic and vintage cars, the earliest originating from 1933.

Lots of local interest include various enamel signs, some of which are taken from local railway stations, heavy horse harnesses and military memorabilia.

A gas lamp from Saxmundham High Street, a section of railway track from Southwold and a yard shunter made by Ransomes, which is thought to have been used by Garrets of Leiston, are also listed for sale.


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James Durrant, of Clarke & Simpson, said the cast iron sign from Hollesley Bay Labour Colony was another lot of “significant local interest”.

Founded by Robert Johnson in 1887, the Colonial College and Training Farms, as it was then known, aimed “to provide for those intending to emigrate a thoroughly sound and practical training before their departure”.

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The bygones and collectibles are a new addition to the venue’s auction calendar. Saturday’s event will feature 86 vendors with 678 lots.

Mr Durrant said: “It’s a truly diverse sale with lots of lots of local interest”.

The auction is held at Clarke & Simpson Auction Centre in Campsea Ashe from 9.30am on Saturday.

Viewing is available from 8am that morning and between 2pm to 7pm on Friday.

Call 01728 746323 for details.

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