Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time for Treasures to Find New Homes; Contents of Roddam Hall to Go under the Hammer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Time for Treasures to Find New Homes; Contents of Roddam Hall to Go under the Hammer

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Byline: Tony Henderson

ASTRAW fox, a carved ostrich egg and a cast iron toilet are just some of the weird and wonderful things up for sale at a very special auction.

The contents of 18th Century Roddam Hall, which was once the home of an admiral, are to go under the hammer.

The sale will be held at 10am on May 12 at the Hall near Wooler, Northumberland, which has been the home of Lord and Lady Vinson for the last 40 years.

They have sold the hall and most of its 1,000 acres to Lord James Percy, brother of the Duke of Northumberland, and will be downsizing to a smaller home on the estate. The hall was once the home of Admiral Robert Roddam, who died in 1808.

From 1971-74 Lord Vinson restored the hall and reduced it in height from three to two storeys, with the blessing of the Georgian Society.

Lord Vinson said: "It was in an appalling state of dilapidation. "It became a lovely home of which we have been the custodians for the last 40 years.

"Now our extended family of three daughters and nine grandchildren have moved elsewhere." The residual contents of the hall, which will be sold by Alnwick auctioneer Jim Railton, include a wide variety of objects.

The top-priced item at pounds 10,000-pounds 20,000 is a painting which Lord Vinson said is believed to be from the school of Sir Joshua Reynolds.

He added: "There are some cherished pieces of furniture and pictures that alas we just don't have room for and in addition, there are a lot of household treasures that we had almost forgotten about from attics, outhouses and stables.

"Throughout one's life one is custodian of furniture, pictures, objet d'art and all the clutter that goes with an active home. At auction these items are bought by someone who wants them and so they pass into good hands.

"We know that many of our possessions will go into appropriate hands and what could be a better way to pass things on. …

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