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South Cumbria, Mon 7 & Tues 8 August: lots of local interest as items with a south lakes link go under the hammer

DRAWINGS of a Barrow built Windermere steamer, visited by Her Majesty the Queen, a Coniston based screenplay starring Anthony Hopkins and a centuries old grandfather clock made in Millom are up for auction on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 August on the Cumbria, Lancashire border.

There is lots to interest those who like local history say auctioneers, 1818.

Two original dyeline prints, stamped with the shipbuilders name ‘Vickers Armstrong’ and showing the electrics and motor of the iconic Windermere Steamer, ‘Teal’, are expected to make between £150 and £200 despite their worn condition.

Valuer David Brookes, from 1818 Auctioneers, says the drawings would have guided a maintenance and repair programme and, as an exact record of her original workings, are an important part of her history.

Mr Brookes said: “The Teal was built by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness, transported in sections by rail and then reassembled at Lakeside. Records tell us she was launched on 4 July 1936 and 20 years later Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were passengers. In July 2013 the Queen was back on board for a second time.

The vendor, who wishes to be anonymous, spotted the prints for sale on the website ‘Sell and Seek’ and paid under £50 for the pair. One print, 12.5” x 43” and dated 19 May 1936, shows the ‘General Arrangement of Twin Screw Motor Vessel, Paint Line’. A second print, 29” x 43” with a later date of 1 May 1938, shows the ‘Arrangement of Electrical Installation’.

The Teal continues to carry passengers up and down the Lake as part of the fleet operated by Windermere Lake Cruises.

A second item with a local link is a late 18th century oak longcase grandfather clock by William Shepherd of Millom, who was also a blacksmith and a farmer. Records show that he and his wife had 10 children and that one became a clockmaker inheriting his father’s tools. It is possible that father and son made the clock together. David Brookes believes the clock never left the area and he expects it to make between £200 and £300.

Also included in 1818 Auctioneers two day sale in August is an original typewritten A4 Screenplay for the 1988 film ‘Across the Lake’. The film starred Anthony Hopkins as Donald Campbell on his ill-fated attempt for the water speed record on Coniston Water in 1967.

David Brookes says it was given to the vendor by the producer’s assistant whilst the crew were staying at Bank Ground Farm, Coniston during filming. The 98 page script has an estimate of £70 to £100.

All items can be viewed online at or in the firm’s saleroom at Junction 36, just off the M6 on the Cumbria, Lancashire border.

Please direct all media enquiries to David Brookes, Fine Arts Valuer & Auctioneer, 1818 Auctioneers
t: 015395 66204

Auction house launches sports memorabilia sale with Mike Hailwood trophies, books and prints

An auction room on the Cumbria, Lancashire border will be offering up Mike Hailwood trophies, books and prints as part of their inaugural sports memorabilia sale tomorrow (Monday 17 July).

Rated ‘the greatest motorcyclist who ever lived’, but little known beyond the motorcycling world, Mike Hailwood’s feats and bravery can be measured in titles. He was 12 times a winner in the Isle of Man and won the Grand Prix Motor Cycling champions nine times.

Now in the 60th anniversary year of Mike Hailwood’s first competitive year of racing, 1818 Auctioneers will be auctioning a selection of memorabilia associated with this sporting hero who died in 1981.

Valuer David Hunter, from 1818 Auctioneers, said:
“History shows that Mike first raced on the 22nd of April 1957 at Oulton Park in Cheshire, where he was placed 11th. It’s a privilege to launch this new section by putting under the hammer the trophy from this race, perhaps his first and dated 27th April 1957. It is valued between £300 and £500.

“Other items include another trophy, with the same estimate, signed books and limited edition prints valued at £50 to £80” added Mr Hunter.

The auction will start at approximately 1pm tomorrow, following on from 1818 Auctioneers earlier sale which starts at 10am. Viewing is from 8.30am on Monday at the firm’s saleroom at Junction 36, just off the M6 on the Cumbria, Lancashire border.

Bidding is in person, absentee, via telephone (015395 66201 to book), or online (you can bid in advance or live via The Saleroom).


Youth worker wanted to build on success of Barrow youth centre

Two charities have joined forces to recruit a full time youth worker to build on the success of a Barrow youth centre.

The Sir John Fisher Foundation and youth charity Brathay Trust want to hear from anyone with experience to take forward projects to help youngsters in Barrow who are at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and youth crime. The projects also support struggling youngsters to do well in school, as well as families and those leaving care.

As Scott Umpleby from Brathay explained:
“Brathay has worked with vulnerable children and young people from the Furness area for many years.

“In September 2015 we opened a youth centre and office in Abbey Road, Barrow so we could do more for local communities.

“On the back of the success of this, and our Focus on Furness appeal which has raised over £32,000 in two years, we want to do even more.

“We are delighted to have the support of the Sir John Fisher Foundation, who are funding the salary costs for this critical worker over the next three years. In their first year we hope an exceptional individual, who is totally committed to the Barrow community, will run projects directly supporting 80 vulnerable young people as well as helping 200 more youngsters” Mr Umpleby added.

Anyone interested in finding out more should visit . The closing date for applications is Monday 17th July.

Brathay’s mission is to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities. The charity works with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, helping them to develop the confidence, motivation and skills they need to unlock their potential and make positive choices in their lives.

Each year Brathay provides personal and social development for around 7,000 children and young people, often combining weekly sessions in their home communities with day challenges and/or a residential experience at Brathay Hall near Ambleside.

The Sir John Fisher Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1980 by Sir John and Lady Maria Fisher. The Foundation’s objective is to distribute its income to charitable causes, throughout the UK, with a special focus on the Barrow-in-Furness area. For more information about the Sir John Fisher Foundation visit:

High Sprits: Specialist Auction of Rare and Collectable Whisky Expected to Top £20,000

A rare collection of whisky from around the world is expected to fetch over £20,000 when it goes under the hammer on Tuesday 20 June at 1818 Auctioneers on the Cumbria Lancashire border.

Among the 199 lots, of which 193 belong to a collector who lives in Lancashire, there are bottles that could make up to £800 each. They include: a stoneware decanter of Catto’s Gold Label scotch whisky, a souvenir from the Royal visit to New Zealand in 1953, which is estimated at £600 – £800; a 30 year old bottle of Scottish whisky, Chivas Regal Chairman’s Reserve, which comes in a Baccarat glass decanter and is estimated at £400 – £600; and bottles of Islay’s Bowmore Sea Dragon 30 year old single malt whisky in coloured ceramic decanters and flagons, which are likely to make £500 – £700 each.

Other highlights in the auction are: a bottle of 25 year old Aberlour pure single highland malt scotch whisky, which could make between £400 to £600; a St Andrews 21 year old ‘the champion’ black ceramic claret jug and a wade blue ceramic golf ball whisky decanter, estimated between £150 and £200; and 5 bottles of Glenfiddich heritage reserve, expected to sell for £200-300.

The auction has been catalogued by 1818 Auctioneer’s expert valuer, Ken Payne who said:

“It’s a fascinating collection of whisky and it’s been a pleasure putting it together. With estimates ranging from £40 to £800 there’s something for all whisky enthusiasts.

Auctioneer David Hunter, from 1818 Auctioneers, added:

“The sale features examples from around the world including the better known Scottish ones. The market has grown over the last few years and new records are being set all the time. Last year a rare bottle of Glenfiddich whisky sold for £68,500.

“Collecting is seen as an alternative way to invest and make money while interest rates remain low, so we are expecting a lot of interest in the sale, including from overseas buyers who will join the live auction and bid online.”

The catalogue is available online at and the sale can be viewed on Friday 16 June between 2pm and 4pm, on Saturday 17 June between 10am and 1pm and also on the morning of the sale from 8.30am.

Experts Ken Payne and David Hunter can also be contacted at the saleroom.


Whisky images are available on request. For further information and interviews please contact David Hunter, Auctioneer & Valuer direct e: t: 015395 66205.

Please note, the vendor wishes to remain anonymous.