The Winter Reading Carriage Sale – Report - November 22nd, 2016

The last Reading Carriage sale of 2016, held at Reading on the 9th November, was a small but select affair, with some notable prices achieved.  The replica Curricle (20) which graced the front cover of the catalogue, not full size and still needing a considerable amount of work to complete it, made £4,100.  A highly painted London Trolley (30) reached its expected price of £10,500.  A Stick Back Phaeton (14) for a 15 to 16.2 hh pair made £1,400; and a Glinkowsky Exercise Cart (32) fetched £1,020.  A Harvest Wagon in original condition (3) made £600 as did an original Hay Wain (7) which had belonged to Lionel Seaward back in 1913.  A Harewood Gig to suit a 14.2 to 15.2 (33) made £380

Of the relatively small number of sets of harness on offer a set of black/yellow trade harness (106) made £1,500 and another trade set in two-tone brown made £320 (140).  A set of black/whitemetal cob size harness sold for £440 (13) and a single set by Huskissons of Walsall with a 20ins collar to fit 13.2 to 14.2 hh made £280 (118).  In the vehicle parts section a three-stud axle with three wheels made £95 (216); a corner manger by Musgrave of London & Belfast fetched £65 (171) and a brass foot rest £50.  The usual fittings such as snaps, shaft furniture, whip holders, etc. made between £12 and £50.

November however saw the largest number of entries for the Saddlery & Tack section since it was incorporated in Carriage Sales in 2013.  Amongst the saddles was a Western saddle which made £300 (845); a 17.5ins Albion Selecta saddle with inter-changeable panels £250 (2028); a 17ins GP saddle by Barnsby £200 (294); an Australian Stock saddle (388) £150; a brown leather GP saddle by Fieldhouse £155 (2054).  Various horse rugs sold for between £30 and £50, and bridles and bits from £20 to £60.

An interesting pair of rare postilion/outrider state whips by Callow each with a brass butt cap in the form of an Earl’s coronet and bearing the initial ‘D’ for Lord Derby, had bidders by phone and commission, eventually selling for £500 each (606 & 607).  A very rare Malacca hunting whip engraved ‘Nov 1835’ fetched £460 (608).  A fine example of a dealer’s whip by Crawley of Peterborough with a cross keys decoration made £470 (895).  A 57ins holly pair whip made £250 (942).  Holly whips by Swaine are always a popular buy –  a small child’s holly whip by Swaine made £150 (950); another by Swaine & Adeney £250 (757); a lady’s side saddle switch £100 (609) and a lady’s driving whip £80 (758).  There was a nice selection of carriage lamps  – a pair of decorated octagonal Hearse lamps with unusual top-hinged door panels made £600 (613); another pair by Wilson & Stockall, Bury made £200 (484). A pair of Alfred Hales black/brass oval lamps made £400 (559), as did a pair of very small carriage lamps with oval fronts (726); two other carriage lamps sold for £350 (930), and a pair of whitemetal Gig lamps with convex lenses made £250 (573). 

Other sundries realising good money were a 19ins black collar in show condition which fetched £220 (546); a hunting coat which made £170 (478); and a pair of patent/brass horse pair driving bridles which fetched £150 (543).  A large cream conical milk churn sold for £210 (604).  Rescued from a box of items to be sold as a ‘job lot’ in a General Sale was a small copper/nickel hunt horn by Swaine & Adeney with the initials ‘CGL’ on the mouthpiece, which sold for a very pleasing £150 (620).  Another saved from the rubbish tip was a large brown leather suitcase initialled ‘JHT’, minus its glass toiletry bottles, making £200 (901).  A complete “En route” travelling refreshment set in a wicker basket by Drew & Sons, London with a paraffin burner, hot plate, copper pan and kettle, and enamel cups and saucers made £110 (956).  A horse-shoe shaped mahogany table on three legs made £130 (957).  An oil painting of Park Carnation by F. Thurlby, along with Frank Haydon’s own leather-bound book entitled Famous Harness Horses, which contained a chapter on Park Carnation, sold to a foreign buyer for £340 (1009). 

In the models section were two superbly-made models  – a scaled miniature of the ‘Vigilant’ Road Coach complete with lamps, pole, etc. which sold for £1,750 (1044), and an apprentice piece model of a three-wheeled ‘Express’ Dairy Hand Cart with milk cans and a churn which made £1,450.  A glass case containing Frank Haydon’s Judging badges dating from 1960 made £160 (1045).

All in all a most successful sale and it just goes to show that quantity is not everything and the discerning buyers are always around for the right items.  A good end to what has been a busy year including several journeys “up north”, which we will be repeating in 2017 with a second North of England sale, and we look forward to 2017. 


Entries for the next carriage sale on 8th March 2017 are now being accepted, catalogue entries closing at the end of January.  Please contact Lynn Martin on 0118 950 8611,  or email, or download an entry form.

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Modern self-contained office – Reading town centre – TO LET - October 28th, 2016

Within 8 minutes walking distance of Reading Station
Parking for 2/3 cars 

711 ft2 Approx

6 Bellman Court

(Caversham Road End)


Bellman Court is situated off Great Knollys Street, just off the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) and within a short walking distance of the Town Centre and the Railway Station. Junction 11 (M4) is about  4 miles with Junction 12 and Junction 10 being similar distance giving excellent communications with London and Heathrow Airport. The M4 gives access to all parts of the Country and the South Coast ports.

No 6 Bellman Court is the end of a modern terrace of 6 office/business units on 2 floors constructed of brick under a pitch slate roof with double glazes windows, north facing giving good natural light. The accommodation is open plan on the ground floor with a separate kitchen area and toilet facilities. Staircase to the first floor with an open plan office and a separate toilet and wash hand basin. There are suspended ceilings with recessed fluorescent lighting. Gas fired central heating, burglar alarm fitted and security shutters.

By arrangement.

Mains water, electricity, gas and sewerage are connected to the property. BT telephone lines available.

£12,500 pax (no VAT).

Rateable Value:
£8,600.  Gross charge £4,162.40.

Service charge:
The Bellman Court Management Company currently charge an annual sum of £300 for insurance and maintenance of common areas. 

Contact Thimbleby & Shorland during normal office hours on 0118 950 8611.

All measurements are approximate.
In conjunction with

Reading 0118 939 1600

6 Bellman Court


Particulars - pdf

Report & Price List for the 48th Annual Show & Sale of Shetland Ponies - October 24th, 2016

Thimbleby & Shorland held their 48th Autumn Show & Sale of Shetland Ponies under the auspices of the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society, on Wednesday 19th October. 97 ponies were entered, 30 less than in 2015, made up of 15 colt foals; 33 filly foals; 10 stallions & entire males; 2 geldings; and 37 mares & fillies.
The sale ring was full throughout the sale, with buyers from right across the country, as well as from Austria, Holland, Norway and Belgium, demonstrating the quality of ponies on offer and the increased confidence. Of the 97 ponies that were catalogued, 90 were offered, and 79 sold. The clearance rate was an excellent 88%, well up on last year’s figure of 71%.
13 of the 15 colt foals offered were sold, the top price being 475 guineas for the Show Champion Foal and overall Reserve Show Champion, Mrs D J Smith’s very smart standard Garthspool Lucca, by Threapwood Vulcan, the same sire as that of the 2015 Show and Sale Champion. The average colt foal price was substantially higher than last year at 175 guineas.
This year the top price for a filly foal was Anwen Jones’s very pretty palomino miniature Talog Golden Girl, who certainly surprised her owner when selling for 1600 guineas, making her comfortably the highest priced filly foal. There was a very pleasing strength in depth however, with 6 other fillies making over 700 guineas The average for the 31 fillies offered, of which 30 sold, was 513 guineas, again a marked improvement on last year.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the sale however was in the stallions section, where 2 bidders were determined to buy Mrs C L Walker-Davis’s black standard stallion Warrackston Bob. The bidding finally stopped at 3,200 guineas. A truly versatile pony he has hunted, done dressage, shown under saddle, and of course covered mares very successfully.
32 mares and fillies were offered this year, down in numbers on 2015, but as a result the bidding was even stronger, with an 88% clearance and 4 ponies making 1000 guineas or over. Clifford and Jackie Percy’s Show Champion, Snelsmore Rouge, a very well-bred 2 year old junior filly, made a very pleasing 1,100 guineas, but the top price of 1,940 guineas went to Mr G C Cross for his 4 year old filly Lochfleet Skelbo Serenity.
In the harness, models and stud books sections of the sale a Shetland pony sized side saddle sold for £600, and 3 lots of very old Stud Books, dating back to 1892, made £430.
Auctioneer and Thimbleby & Shorland director Chris Boreham said; “This sale saw a marked increase in the demand for good ponies. Many breeders have been saying that
there has been a significant upturn in interest in their ponies and it certainly showed in the excellent clearance level and strong averages achieved. It was so good for all concerned to witness a solid trade and see good ponies making good money. There was strong interest from abroad which the weaker pound will have helped, but the most pleasing thing about the sale was the continuing increase in the quality and presentation of all ponies. There seems every confidence that if vendors keep this up they can expect to be properly rewarded for their efforts.”

Garthspool Lucca - Overall Champion Foal

Garthspool Lucca – Overall Champion Foal


Snelsmore Rouge - Overall Show Champion

Snelsmore Rouge – Overall Show Champion


Sale Report - pdf
Show Awards - pdf
Price List - pdf

Sale Report for the Plant Sale on the 6th October - October 20th, 2016

The start of a very busy Autumn with Speedy, Garic, Morgans Plant Hire along with the Reading auction.  A very good entry in the yard after a slow start and probably the best trade seen for some while.  Exporters very keen to utilise the strong exchange rate in their favour and plenty of confidence from UK buyers too. Virtually a total clearance.  Another large consignment from Speedy for the third time in 5 weeks met its usual demand and in the main sold extremely well.  Tidy ready for work machines once again selling at a premium to end users.  Much more activity online with 32% selling to the net, although there were a large contingent of export buyers onsite.  A clearance of 94% with 42% for export.

Principle transactions as follows:

JCB 535/140 (08) £19,000, JCB 535/125 (07) £12,250, 252/67 £5,500, TLT 35D (13) £14,500, £11,000 (05), £6,800 (06), £5,500 (04), TLT30G £7,000 (10), Cat TH62 £6,100, Niftylift 120 £7,700 (12), Skyjack SJ3219 £3,800 (11) (twice), Power Scissor £1,050 (4 times)  
Komatsu WA380 loading shovel (05) £20,500, Hyundai R55 (11) £12,250, Kubota KX101 £10,800 (08), KX91 £9,100 (08), U45 £9,100 (05), £8,200 (04), KX015 £7,700 (11) (twice), KX36 £5,700 (07), KX41 £6,400 (07), K008 £4,400 (08), £4,100 (05), JCB 802,5 £12,000 (11), 801.4 37,100, £700 (13) £5,900 (11) (twice), Volvo EC15 £7,400, £7,00 (12) (twice), Komatsu PC10 £3,400, Bobcat S20 £3,500, Hanix H36 £7,000, N150 £3,300
Atlas Copco 3 tonne braker £800, JCB 1.5 tonne breaker  £900 (3 times), £850, 2ft 20 tonne bucket £550, 2 tipping skips £200, Block grab £150
Neuson 9001 £5,800 (07), Barford 3 tonne swivel £3,900 (07,08), (4 times), Benfod PS3000 £2,300, Kanga skidsteer £220, Messeri tracked barrow £2,100, Terex HD1000 £6,700, £6,600 (twice), £6,500, £6,400 (all 2011)
Ammann AV33 £6,000, Bomag BW120AD3 £4,600, £4,100, Benford TV800 £3,700, Bomag BW80 £2,500, Bomag BW90 £2,000, pedestrian rollers to £500
Atlas Copco XRVS426 £26,000, XAS145 £2,600, XAS137 £6,200, XAS67 £2,200, £2,100, XAS47 £900, XAS46 £500, XAS40 £800, XAS37 £1,100 (3 times), Compair C76 £2,300, C42 £1,300, C38 £1,400, C25 £900 (twice) C20 £300 (twice), Doosan 741 £2,900, 731 £2,200 (twice), Ingersoll Rand 12235 £8,500, 771 £7,200, £3,200, 741 £1,700, £1,600, £1,500, 726 £1,700, P101 £650 (twice), Sullair 65K £1,300 (twice), £1,250
Hushgen 77kva £3,800, £3,300, FG Wilson 500kva £10,500 (no power) 100kva £3,800, 60kva £3,500 (twice), £3,300, £3,200, 20kva £2,100, £2,000, Genset MG150SS-P £4,700, MG115SS-P £4,100, MG50SS-P £3,200, MG501PSM £2,900, £2,500, MG35SS-P £2,400, £2,000 MPM20/600 £2,700, Cummins 180kva open set £2,000, Hyundai £1,800, Lister 2 cylinder generator £1,100, Stephill SSD 10,000 £900, Pramac P11000 £900,, Pramac 6kva £600, £580, £460 (twice) £450, SDMO 6kva £450, Genset MG6SS-Y £440 (twice), petrol generator to £90
Winget, Benford, and Belle to £420, mini mixers to £80  
Cat Pp210 £400, JCB Beaver £700, £680, £520, £500, £450, £340 (twice) £300, £250, £140, Panther £230
Belle RPC30/40 £850, Wacker DPU2540 £850, £600 (twice), Wacker DPU 6055 £775, petrol plates to £400, rammers to £340
hi frequency poker £140 (3 times) £115 (4 times) £100, Honda pdu £50, power float to £300
6in water pump £700, £550 (twice) £500, petrol pumps to £80, diesel pumps to £240
Quanta FS1200 £1,000, Clipper XS451 £560, £460, Clipper saw £350, £350
Bumpa Hoise £600, alloy scaffold towers £580 (twice), Boss alloy tower £550, 20 road forms £550, quantity of beam clamps £300, qty of trestles £280, Qty piling sheets £280, Qty Boss alloy scaffold £250, 2 site transformers £200, Razor deck £200, ALP lift £180, Genie Superlift £170, Set of King hop up ramps £160 (twice), Gantry hoise £140, Qty Heras fence £140, Qty crowd carrier £100
Luminator light £230, Stihl TS400 and 410 disc  cutters £180, £160 £150 etc., Thor air breakers to £160, floor sanders £190, £180 etc., petrol floor scabbler £160, Wacker petrol breaker £150, £130, Bosch heavy breakers to £150, Rotabest drill rig £150, Stihl  petrol diamond drill £150, floor planer £140, Kango 950 breaker £120, Makita scabbler £130, Makita rotary breakers to £120, Hilti rotary breakers to !110, Dewalt cordless nailer £110, mag drills to £110, Atlas Broomwade air rock drill £110, Dewalt thicknesser £100, many hand tools ranging from £20-£90
Mowers: Honda SP mower £190, Mountfield 17in mower £90, Makita SP mower £100,  Chain saws:  Stihl £200, Stihl MS170 £140 (twice), Husqvarna 268 £75,  Hedge cutters: Stihl HS45 £170 (twice), Stihl HL95 £90,  Strimmers & Brushcutters:  Stihl brushcutter £150 (3 times), Stihl FS55 £200 (3 times)  Other Equipment:  C500 stump grinder £500, C8 rotovator £300 (twice), Birchwood turf cutter £180, £160 (twice)
Hilta power washer £380, £360, Karcher steam cleaner £350, Lombardini pressure washer £300, Karcher steam cleaner £260, Kemppi welder £220, Oil cooled arc welder £70  
4 tonne Grundowinch £4,600, 3 tonne Grundowinch £4,200, Brendon pressure washer bowser £2,600, VB9 £2,700, £2,500, £2,100, VT1 tower light £2,900, £2,800, £2,600 (4 times), £2,400, Ifor Williams 3.5 tonne tipping trailer £2,000, 4 Shifta conveyors £1,500 (4 times), diesel winch £1,200, oil transfer bowser £1,000, Ifor Williams 2.7 tonne trailer £1,200, £1,000, Ifor Williams 3.5 tonne plant trailer £900, Western 2000L Transcube bowser £700, Arcgen power tower £650 (twice), Linklight £500 (3 times)

Sale report - pdf

FOR SALE from SPEEDY – 2 Keystone Gardner Denver Air Boosters & a Nitrogen Purification Unit - August 31st, 2016

All enquiries to Richard Dance –


Circa 2,000 hrs each, CE Rated, Both in good running order

Keystone Gardner Denver Air Booster Keystone Gardner Denver Air Booster

Offers are invited for these two air boosters which are situated in the Middle East
Click here for full specifications



 NITROGEN PURIFICATION UNIT (2009/10) (for spares/repair)
This unit is based in Sheffield, UK

Nitrogen Purification Unit


Loddon Internal Stables & Claas Matador Combine - August 25th, 2016

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 measuring 14ft x 12ft, approximately 15 years old
sliding door and rotating feed trough to each stable


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believed year 1966
Serial No. 553582
Ford 4 cylinder engine
front tyres 14.9/13-26 A5 – rear tyres 10.0/80-12P
main drum bearings recently replaced
working order

Please contact Kevin Burree –