John Jeremy, the younger of the Brigg twins who lived at Kildwick Hall, died in 1945; he was the last of the sons of Sir John Brigg. At the end of January 1946 a large auction of personal effects and furniture was held at the hall. It was reported in the Craven Herald (dated 1st February 1946):
There was a large attendance of buyers at the two-day sale of furniture and books at Kildwick Hall, Kildwick, the property of the late Mr. J.J. Brigg J.P., a former alderman of the West Yorkshire County Council and a prominent figure in the public life of the district, which took place on Monday and Tuesday. High prices were realised for many of the antique furnishings, and there was a heavy demand for some of the collection of curious weapons. A number of Yorkshire books were sold at good prices.
The auctioneers were Messrs. Hollis and Webb, of Leeds.
Among the prices realised were:
- Antique court cupboard, 175 gns;
- Cromwellian brass court lantern clock, 44 gns;
- pair of Stewart chairs, 44 gns;
- antique oak coffer, 48 gns;
- Spanish treasure chest, 23 gns;
- antique carved dwarf bookcase, 31 gns;
- two oak gate-leg tables, 11½ and 10 gns;
- antique Georgian mahogany clock with dial, by John Hartley, 50 gns;
- pair of flint-lock pistols, £9;
- miniature of Lady Amelia Brooke, 11½ gns;
- a Japanese brass figure of a god, 9 gns;
- painting of a gentleman circa 1500, 18 gns;
- an antique oak music chest, 12 gns;
- a Turkey carpet (24ft by 14 ft), 38 gns;
- a Vienna oval snuff box, 18 gns;
- an oak corner table, £7;
- a hundred-day clock with bras skeleton frame, £8 10s;
- a Ruskin sketch of Oxford, £3 10s;
- three various flint-lock pistols and a revolver, 7 gns;
- two Arab rifles £7;
- three Leeds pottery openwork dishes and two Don pottery openwork dishes, £3 5s.
It was stated that during the view day one of the miniatures had been stolen.
Note: 1 gn = 1 guinea = 21s = £1 5p.
Does anyone know what happened to the items that were put up for sale ? Who bought them, and are any still in the local area ?
Click to see the
full auction catalogue.
We also have a letter of condolence sent to Mary Sharpe, John Jeremy's sister.
The auction catalogue and letter of condolence were kindly donated to our archive by Helen Waller.