Although Rushden Hall failed to reach the vendors reserve when put up for auction of Friday morning, it was sold by private treaty afterwards to Mr. Moriss Wheeler, J.P., of Bexley, Kent. The figure was not stated.
During the sale bidding for the hall and the surrounding grounds, a lodge and a cottage commenced at £4,000 but was withdrawn at £5,500. When offered separately bidding only reached £2,400 for the Hall and the Park.
A house and garage, 16, High-street South, occupied by Mr. A. Okins, was sold to Mr. P. Deighton for £775.
None of the remaining lots of the property was sold.
The contents of the Hall, chiefly panelling, evoked keen interest from a number of London dealers, but with only one or two exceptions bidding failed to reach the reserve.
Linen and old panelling, with overmantel carved in relief, in the lounge, was withdrawn at 410 guineas, the oak staircase at 140 guineas, and the panelling in the smoke room at 190 guineas. Oak panelling in the dining room was also withdrawn at 85 guineas.
A carved oak sideboard sold for 22 guineas and a panel of stained and leaded glass with armorial bearings fetched £9 10s.
Two Venetian glass candelabra were withdrawn at 18 guineas and 15 guineas respectively.