HIGH FALUTIN’ CAR BOOTING
Aristocratic bric-a-brac will raise cash for charity as the owners of some of the poshest piles in Norfolk raid their attics for car-boot booty
If you like your boot-sale bargains blue-blooded and your auctions awfully aristocratic then set your carriage sat-nav, or chauffeur, to get you to Sennowe Park, near Fakenham.
The attics of some of the largest, loveliest and most impressive homes in the county have been raided to provide stock for the latest Stately Car Boot Sale. The event is only held every three to four years and each of the 150 stallholders is specially invited.
A tiger’s head (sold for £280) and a Bentley (sold for £6,000) are just two of the treasures featured in previous stately sales.
Stately sellers have included magnificent Holkham Hall and Houghton Hall and this year’s event is once again hosted by Charlie and Virginia Temple of Sennowe Hall. They hope to raise around £60,000 for the Norfolk Churches Trust.
Art experts from auctioneers Cheffins will be touring the stalls, searching out potential treasures and offering advice and valuations.
Lots in a linked silent auction, also in aid of the Norfolk Churches Trust, include a behind-thescenes tour of the Queen’s Sandringham estate, works of art by internationally renowned stars Antony Gormley and Gerard Stamp, and a stately home dinner hosted by the owner – see details of all the lots, and begin bidding online in advance at www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk
Around 5,000 people are expected at the Stately Car Boot Sale on Sunday, April 30, and co-chair of the organising committee, Henrietta Lindsell, says: “This really is a very rare chance not only to buy some truly unique items, but also to experience the beautiful grounds at Sennowe Park. It’s always a great day out and we are hoping to raise much-needed funds for the trust at the same time.”
The Norfolk Churches Trust was founded more than 40 years ago to help preserve the county’s legacy of medieval churches. Norfolk has the largest group of medieval churches in the world and the Trust looks after 13 churches across the county, as well as...