Animal house

Country Life Every Week - - Property Comment -

STRUTT & PARKER’S Ed­ward Church has reg­u­larly had to ne­go­ti­ate on be­half of his clients’ an­i­mals. One ven­dor with an el­derly cat was mov­ing into rented ac­com­mo­da­tion where pets weren’t al­lowed, so Mr Church ‘rang the buy­ers to en­quire if they had con­sid­ered hav­ing pets when they moved to the coun­try’. Af­ter ‘some gen­tle en­cour­age­ment’, the pur­chasers agreed to take on own­er­ship and care of the cat.

On an­other oc­ca­sion, he had to ne­go­ti­ate over a duck house. The seller wanted to take it, but not its in­hab­i­tants, thus ‘leav­ing the poor things with no pro­tec­tion from Char­lie Fox’. Mr Church bro­kered a deal on be­half of the ducks, whereby, if they were left be­hind, then so was their house. An­other sale saw him ar­rang­ing, for pur­chasers, the re­hom­ing of a dole of doves liv­ing in a barn.

Strutt & Parker’s Roseanna Pur­brick spent one dark evening fish­ing koi carp from a pond—the buyer wanted them re­moved. She sold them for the char­ity her agency was sup­port­ing that year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.