Historic riverside cottages going under hammer
A pair of former lock keepers’ cottages on the River Severn in Worcestershire are attracting strong interest well in advance of Bond Wolfe Auctions’ next remote bidding auction.
Lock Keeper’s Cottage at Holt Heath and 2 Bevere Lock House at Camp Lane, Grimley, between Stourport and Worcester, are both going under the hammer.
The locks were built in the 1830s when the River Severn was made navigable both for freight and leisure boating and have been occupied by lock keepers employed by British Waterways, now the Canal & River Trust, until 2010-2011 when they were acquired by the same vendor who is now selling them.
Ron Darlington, a consultant at Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “We have had a great deal of interest in both properties with well in excess of 20 viewings of Lock Keeper’s Cottage alone.
Lock Keeper’s Cottage at Holt Heath is a Grade II property with reception hall, two further rooms, kitchen, bathroom and WC, and utility room on the ground floor. It has two bedrooms on the first floor. The property has front, side and rear gardens with off road parking and garage.
It is nine miles south of Kidderminster and is in need of upgrading and improvement throughout with a guide price of more than £130,000.
A mile down the river towards Worcester, 2 Bevere Lock House at Camp Lane, Grimley, is a link-detached, two bedroom property at Bevere Lock set back from the river and with idyllic views. It has a guide price of £175,000.
The auction on Wednesday, July 29, starts at the earlier time of 9am, to accommodate the large catalogue being offered on the day, and will be livestreamed via Bond Wolfe Auctions’ website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or internet only.
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