New auction house goes under the planner’s hammer

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A family-run auctioneering business in Glemsford is looking to set up a new auction house in a former saddlery and country wear shop in Newton.

Mander Auctioneers, which is based in Lower Road, Glemsford, has applied for planning permission to run auctions on the site of Taylor’s of Sudbury, also known as Jarvis Farm.

The property, including a converted barn used by the specialist country shop, together with stables and six acres of land, was put up for sale earlier this year by owner John Taylor, who is retiring from the store he built up from scratch 11 years ago.

Sarah Mander, from Mander Auctioneers, said the business was looking to expand and the location in Newton would be a good one for the auction house. “It is a busy road and it is in a good position,” she said.

In the application to Babergh District Council, the company says it proposes to hold auctions of good quality antiques and decorative items around 15 times a year on Saturdays, from 9am until 3pm, with the auction starting at 10am.

The company has been operating auctions in Clare for nearly 40 years.