Sales of Property by Public Auction.
At Guestling Rectory, on the 7th and 8th of February, by order of Sir Anchitel Ashburnham, were sold by auction, horse carriages, household furniture and two thousand books.
Near the Croft, a stable and coach-house, previously in the occupation of Mr. Nathaniel Bragge, were sold by auction , and the site afterwards used for the erection of house property, the sale took place on the 12th of February.
At the Priory Farmhouse, the household furniture was sold by auction by Mr. Womersley, and by order of Mr. Chapman, on March 20th.
The Warrior Square Estate, comprising unfurnished mansions (now the Edinburgh Hotel), and about 15 acres of freehold and leasehold land, was sold in London on the 3rd of May. The freehold was subject to a mortgage of £11,000, and the leasehold was held for 99 years, with power to purchase. The sale was held in consequence of Mr. Jas. Troup’s insolvency. Mr. Moreing purchased, or otherwise succeeded to the property and erected most of the additional mansions.
Orient Cottage and adjacent properties at Halton, erected by Mr. Oceanlion, were sold on the 18th of July, to G. Batley, Esq., of Fairlight Place for the small sum of £1000.
Count de Vand’s Mansion was sold in London on the 23rd of November, Lady Paine being the purchaser at £2,000. The late Count purchased the house known as Marine Cottage and erected his mansion on the site afterwards known as 14 Marine Parade. After Lady Paine, the house came into the possession of the Messrs. Boykett and Alexander Breeds, who considerably altered it, and at the time of writing is known as the Belgrave Boarding-house.
Ninety-six High Street, with 12 rooms, a yard and large garden, were sold by auction on the 29th of October.
Letters from Local Men at the Seat of War.
(continued from Chapter LII)
Another letter each from Whyborn and Brazier here follow. The former, writing from H.M.S. Rodney, on January 12th, 1855, says – “Dear father and mother. – Since I last wrote I got leave to go up to the English camp to see Thomas Brazier, of the 4th Regt. When I got there his tent-mates told me he was very ill and was gone down to Scutari hospital; so, poor fellow, I couldn’t see him. We are going on very slowly now; some days we fire a few shots, and some days we don’t; and nearly all the soldiers are employed in getting things up from Balaklava. We hear that we are only to act on the defensive now until after March. We feel the cold very much. It is colder here than ever I felt it in England, and everything is covered with snow. The poor fellows on shore feel it more than we do aboard ship. I am afraid we shall have still colder before the winter is over. I hope you will not think me troublesome. I want you to send me a pair of light sea boots, made like the fishermen’s, only not to come higher than two inches above the knees. Send them as soon as you can, for the boots we bought at Constantinople were no good, and now we want-