The Manor Sale of 1916

Sale catalogues can be very interesting items and this one, complete with well reproduced photographs certainly is.

Manor sale catalogue - 1916

Manor sale catalogue – 1916

The bulk of the estate had been sold off following the death of Charles Awdry. James Welch, the father of the man whose war diaries and letters can be seen here acquired and kept the auction catalogue for the remainder of the estate. This was sold off in 33 lots on July 28th 1916.

Buildings in the sale included


Bouverie Lodge, now happily rebuilt after the awful fire there.


The Fishing Cottage which also still exists.


The cricket pavilion which stood where the houses of Pavilion Gardens have been built.


The manor house itself.

Let’s take a look at a description of lot 23 which included the pavilion.


It sounds delightful.

James Welch, we guess, was at the sale and recorded price and buyer.


So we think the ground and pavilion were purchased by Mr Holloway for £535 (or maybe £555).

Lavington School now occupies part of the former cricket field.

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2 Responses to “The Manor Sale of 1916”

  1. John Young Says:

    No particular comment on the sale but I do remember watching the Coronation on June 2nd 1953 on the television at Bouverie Lodge. Mr Bob Wilson, a master at Dauntseys School, his wife and family lived there. As far as I know they had the only television in the area – it was about the size of a large sideboard with a screen of about 9 inches.

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      How splendid to get this extra information. I, too remember watching a bit of the coronation – in my case in the scout hall in my village of that time. To me it was a distant view of a flickering screen and I was convinced back then that TV would never catch on. It hasn’t all that much – with me!



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