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Holbeach area A17 tractor collection to go under hammer

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One of the biggest vintage tractor collections in the country will be going under the hammer later this week.

Thousands of people travelling along the A17 at Fleet Hargate would have admired Bill Payne’s collection of classic machines during the summer.

Now 83-year-old Bill has decided to put 24 tractors up for sale along with ten historic horse carts, which will be sold at an auction this Saturday.

Bill Payne is selling his tractor collection in Fleet (53272908)
Bill Payne is selling his tractor collection in Fleet (53272908)

Initially Bill, who owns the Farm Shop and Cafe, had hoped to display some of his collection in a tractor museum.

Bill had received planning permission from the museum but pulled the plug when an experiment did not work out.

He said: “We put on exhibitions and displays in an existing building – and discovered that hardly anybody wanted to pay admission!

Bill Payne is selling his tractor collection in Fleet (53272913)
Bill Payne is selling his tractor collection in Fleet (53272913)

“It was an enjoyable experiment but it made it very clear that a tractor museum was unlikely to take off.”

His first tractor, a little Grey Fergie, will be among the lots which will be auctioned off on Saturday as well as pieces of vintage farm machinery, equipment and implements.

A four-wheeled wagon carrying the name Murray of Huntspill, a Somerset village, which dates back to 1847 is up for sale in the horse drawn section.

There are various Lincolnshire farm wagons including a Moffrey (a wagon that could be converted to carry hay or corn), a spindle sided wagon and a wonderfully restored Edwardian period four-wheeler that spent its working life on a farm at Wrangle.

This section also includes Samuelson & Co, the renowned 19th century Banbury firm of agricultural engineers.

This will be the second sale conducted by Will Barker, who also ran the farm dispersal auction in Gosberton Risegate.

He said: “One thing that is interesting is that all of them are Lincolnshire tractors, bought at various county machinery auctions or sales and then repaired and restored in a process that went on at a rate of one or two a year for decades.”

Viewing takes place on Friday from noon while the auction gets underway on Saturday from 10am.

Bids will be taken at the site or online via i-bidder.com and bidspotter.com

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