Wells Fargo stagecoach goes on sale at Seaton Delaval Hall

A SLICE of the Wild West will be up for grabs in the North East when a Wells Fargo stagecoach goes on sale at a Northumberland stately home.

A SLICE of the Wild West will be up for grabs in the North East when a Wells Fargo stagecoach goes on sale at a Northumberland stately home.

The stagecoach, made as a film prop, will be among a collection of historic carriages which will be auctioned at the National Trust’s Seaton Delaval Hall on September 15.

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It was acquired as a novelty touch for the hall’s collection by the late Lord Hastings, who died in 2007, and has been given a speculative estimate of £200-£300.

The National Trust acquired the hall and 442 acres of surrounding estate to preserve its setting following the deaths of Lord and Lady Hastings, who lived in the building’s west wing.

But the carriage collection belongs to the current Lord Hastings, who farms in Norfolk and he has decided to sell the horse-drawn vehicles.

Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland will conduct the sale of a 1920 harvest waggon £200-£300; a 1910 market cart £300-£400; a 1900 Victoria pony phaeton £500-£1,000; a 1900 game cart £300-£500; a 1900 rally cart £500-£700; a 1920 tumbrel cart £100-£200; a 1916 governess cart £300-£500 and an American viceroy cart, £300-£500.

The carriages are on display in what was once the estate’s brewery.

The trust has been considering the long-term idea of returning the building to use as a micro-brewery. Hall property manager Judith Cashman said: “We are disappointed that the carriages will be sold as they are another attraction for the hall.

“But they belong to Lord Hastings so there is nothing we can do about it.”

The trust may bid for one of the vehicles but the hall’s budget has already been allocated for other purposes and so the rest of the vehicles, if not all, are likely to leave the property.

Ms Cashman said that financial priorities include the upgrading of gas, electricity and water services to the hall.

“It is necessary for a property which was used as a family home but which is now visited by 70,000 people a year,” she said.

Work over the next 15 months will include a rewire for the property and a re-roofing of the west and east wings.

Also planned is an upgrade to the property’s fire alarm and security systems.

The central section of the hall was gutted by fire in 1822.

The work will be accompanied by a display on the history of fire prevention and also exhibitions on conservation in action and how the trust tackles such tasks. It is thought that some of the carriages may be bought for wedding use and Anderson & Garland expect wide interest.


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