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Historic Ribbesford House makes over £800,000 at auction

The Andrew Grant Spring Auction saw record prices obtained at the Crown and Sandys with all five lots sold.

The Spring Auction was conducted by Mr Andrew Grant DL, and featured:

Ribbesford House

One of the interesting lots was Ribbesford House near Bewdley. A Grade II listed house needing complete renovation within 8.15 acres. At the turn of the last century the young Stanley Baldwin and his cousin Rudyard Kipling were reputed to have thrown from the tower lavatory rolls onto a summer party on the lawns of Ribbesford House.

During WW2 Ribbesford House was requisitioned and used by the Free French for military training. It was visited by General Charles de Gaulle several times.

Because of the state of the property the guide price was £500,000. The property was knocked down at £810,000. Learn more about this property:

Ryall Place

Another lot was Ryall Place, near Upton on Severn sold on behalf of the executors of the renowned race horse trainer Mercy Rimell. She retired from training in 1989 and then became a race horse owner. With her husband Fred Rimell they were one of the most formidable training combinations winning four Grand Nationals with ESB in 1956, Nicolaus Silver 1961, Gay Trip 1970 and Rag Trade 1976. Fred Rimell won two Cheltenham Gold Cups with Woodland Venture in 1967 and Royal Frolic in 196 as well as two Cheltenham Champion Hurdles with Comedy of Errors in 1973 and 1975.

Ryall Place required some updating and came with 5.79 acres. The property was knocked down at £630,000. Learn more about this property:

Randalls House

Randalls House, Ombersley sold with Savills Smiths Gore on behalf of The Ombersley Conservation Trust. It was a cottage requiring considerable renovation with two reception rooms, downstairs bathroom and four rooms on the first and second floors with garden. The guide price was £295,000 with a sale price achieved of £355,000. Learn more about this property:

Ball Mill Top

Sold on behalf of the Executors of The Estate of Jean Powell Deceased. The property consisted of a commercial unit and dwellings with possible development opportunity subject to planning of 1.59 acres. There was a three bedroom house, two bedroom house and vacant light industrial unit extending to 3,885 sq. ft. included. The residential dwellings were in need of some modernisation. The price achieved was £500,000. Learn more about this lot:

Battenhall playing field

The final lot was the playing field at Battenhall Road, Worcester which was sold on behalf of the former owners of St Mary’s Convent School namely Sister Mary Madeleine Postel. The fields extended to some 6.85 acres with parking and a pavilion. The guide price was £115,000 but was finally sold anonymously for the sum of £330,000. Learn more about this lot:


The results of the auction clearly demonstrate that the buying and selling of property at auction is very much in vogue with excellent prices being achieved.

Andrew Grant’s Summer Auction is to be held at the Crown and Sandys, Ombersley on Tuesday 26 June, take a look at the lots available:

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