Take the plunge at CPBigwood’s next auction


The latest CPBigwood auction is set to make a splash – the watery connection extends from a former canal museum to a public convenience.

And it all goes ahead on Thursday, March 1 from 11 am at Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham.

CPBigwood director Ian Tudor said: “It is a real opportunity for bidders to take the plunge and dive in for a bargain.

“There is also an opportunity for people to wet their whistle with six pubs among the 116 lots.”

The former Birchills Canal Museum is at Old Birchills, Walsall, and is Grade II Listed. It takes in the adjoining former lock keepers cottage and there is a guide price of £50,000.

Sticking with the canal theme, a former lock office at Stamp End, Lincoln, has a guide price of £5,000-£10,000. It overlooks the River Witham about a mile to the south east of Lincoln Cathedral.

Former toilets at Icknield Street, Hockley, Birmingham, are also part of the auction, but you will have to spend more than a penny – the guide price is £30,000. Built in the early 1900s, but closed for several years, the one-time public conveniences may be suitable for a number of alternative uses, including retail or office.

Water Park Lodge, Kingsbury Road, Lea Marston, lies near Kingsbury Water Park.

The spacious semi detached two storey house has been adapted to offer a good quality bed and breakfast hotel, but could easily be converted to provide an attractive family home or other residential use. There is a guide price of £295,000.

The six pubs are spread across the country.

The Foresters Arms, 22 The Green, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, is a traditional freehold village pub; the Crystal Fountain, St John’s Road, Cannock, is considered suitable for a variety of alternative uses; the Kings Head, 37 King Street, Leicester, is close to local universities; the Surrey Tavern, 44-46 Surrey Street, Norwich, is situated within a busy professional district; the Hollybush Inn, Main Road, Seighford, Staffs, has a guide price of £220,000 and was most recently an Indian restaurant, the Spice Bazaar; while the Mossley Tavern, 95 Armitage Road, Brereton, near Rugeley, guide price £150,000, is located adjacent to Bridge 65 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, one of the busiest waterways in England.

Properties with a bit of history, both Grade II Listed, are the Old Bank, 61-65 Villa Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, guide price £150,000, and 52 High Street, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, guide price £200,000.

A pair of freehold semi-detached properties at 893-895 Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham, guide price £330,000, are four-five bedroomed and were latterly part of a care home.

Sycamore Centre, Sycamore Road, Aston, Birmingham, set in a total site area of 1.48 acres, is a freehold 1960s former school building with a guide price of £400,000. Living on Sycamore Road is ideal for people with children who attend either Manor Park Primary School or King Edward VI Aston School, as they are just minutes away.