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Shakespeare’s Birthplace Remains in Safe Hands!

Shakespeares Birthplace Auction

Shakespeares Birthplace AuctionThe recent ‘auction’ of Shakespeare’s Birthplace caused quite a stir as Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust re-enacted the original auction that took place in 1847 when the building at that time was sold for £3,000 to secure it for the nation.  

SBK and Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust launched a spoof promotional video prior to the auction providing viewers with a virtual tour of the building and the ‘particulars for sale’. The video had thousands of views from Shakespeare fans all over the world and generated dozens of comments on social media.

Shakespeares Birthplace AuctionActors in authentic Shakespearean dress staged the auction in Henley Street to the delight of onlookers but we are pleased to say that the auction was purely for show and the Birthplace is still safely in the hands of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

James Walton, Director of SBK said “All at Sheldon Bosley Knight were delighted to be able to play our part in the ‘special’ auction of Shakespeare’s Birthplace. 

I was amazed to learn that the building had been purchased at auction 170 years ago for £3,000, a great deal of money then. We have a long association with the Shakespeare Birthplace​ Trust and have been their property management agents for many years.”Shakespeares Birthplace Auction

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SBK Sponsors The Stratford Literary Festival

Stratford literary festival autumn programme 2017

Stratford literary festival autumn programme 2017 The 2017 Stratford-upon-Avon Autumn Literary Festival is almost here and SBK are proud to once again sponsor the programme.

Our events this season feature a great line-up of personalities, starting this Friday 22nd September with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, followed by Jon Sopel, Shami Chakrabarti, Fergal Keane and Rick Stein over the coming weeks, providing some wide-ranging and fascinating conversations to look forward to.

The full event programme can be viewed at

This year SBK are doing something a little different.

We are holding a competition to win a prize of £100 of Waterstones vouchers. To enter, all you need to do is fill in this short form online and you’ll automatically be put forward for the prize draw. Terms and conditions are noted below.

We hope you enjoy the Festival events and we look forward to seeing you there.

Free prize draw rules and regulations

  1. You must be resident in mainland UK to enter our free prize draw.
  2. All entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  3. Employees of Sheldon Bosley Knight and their families are not eligible to enter.
  4. Only one entry per person is permitted. 
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost, or damaged.
  6. The closing date is 17th November 2017.
  7. The first valid entry drawn will be the winner.
  8. The winner will be formally notified by email no more than 14 days after the closing date. Full details of the prize will be given in writing upon request. Where we notify a winner by email, we will ask for confirmation of receipt by reply email.
  9. Sheldon Bosley Knight’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize winner will be randomly drawn from all the valid entries, and contacted by Sheldon Bosley Knight. Only the winner will be contacted personally.
  10. No cash alternative or alternative prize is available on entrants’ request.
  11. Sheldon Bosley Knight will not be liable for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by any person taking part or not being able to take part in this prize draw. 
  12. Use of false name or address, e.g. a name by which the entrant is not usually known, will disqualify them from receiving any prize. Sheldon Bosley Knight reserves the right to oblige any potential winner to provide documentary proof of their identity and address as directed by Sheldon Bosley Knight before such person may claim their prize. 
  13. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time. Entry in this free prize draw implies acceptance of these rules.

Sheldon Bosley Knight is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent and your details will only be used for our own marketing purposes.

Sheldon Bosley Knight
Morgan House 
58 Ely Street 
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 6LN

Tel: +44 (0)1789 292310



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Moreton Show 2017

Moreton Show 2017 - SBK Sponsor

Moreton Show 2017 - SBK SponsorSheldon Bosley Knight were very proud to once again sponsor the Moreton-in-Marsh Show on 2nd September 2017.

Now in its 69th year, the show has grown to become one of the leading agricultural shows in the country, drawing participants, competitors and traders from all over the UK.

SBK Logosponsored the Livestock Arena where crowds flocked to see the impressive line-up in the cattle and sheep competitions.

The grand finale, the Sheldon Bosley Knight Grand Parade of all the winning animals, was the biggest in the show’s history.

Moreton Show 2017 - dancing diggersLaura Gaydon, Director of SBK Logo said “It was a great day with beautiful weather, excellent attractions and huge crowds. We are very fortunate to have a show of this magnitude right on our doorstep”.

To see more photos please visit our Facebook page.

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace “For Sale” by Special Public Auction

Shakespeares Birthplace

Shakespeares BirthplaceSBK are delighted to offer ‘for sale by auction’ a very special property in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, known to millions throughout the world, will be ‘auctioned’ live in Henley Street on 16th September 2017 at 12pm and 2pm as part of the celebrations marking the 170th anniversary of the original auction that took place in 1847 when the Birthplace was purchased for £3,000 to secure it for the nation.

In this short video SBK Auctioneer James Walton provides us with a sneak preview of the amazing accommodation this property has to offer:

Click here to download the ‘auction’ brochure for full particulars of the property.

The live ‘auctions’ are free to attend and no booking is required.

They will kick start a brand new exhibition at the Birthplace called Saving Shakespeare’s Birthplace which will run from 16th September until 29th December at the Birthplace itself.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover how John Payne Collier, Charles Knight, W C Macready, Charles Dickens, Robert Peel and the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon all campaigned to save Shakespeare’s Birthplace, raising the necessary funds to bid for it at auction back in 1847.

Please note:

Shakespeares Birthplace-kitchenServices are limited and mostly not connected, and there is no adequate heating system. For this reason it is anticipated that potential purchasers would need to forego some of the usual modern comforts but might occupy the house in the literary and historical tradition of the Shakespeare family.

Shakespeares Birthplace interiorFixtures and Fittings: All items mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale price, all others are expressly excluded. However, we the agent have not tested any of these items so any interested party should satisfy themselves as to their working order.

Viewings: As the house is open to the public 7 days a week (9am-5pm), interested parties may inspect the property at their convenience subject to the usual entry fees (see for further information.)

Shakespeares Birthplace garden

Disclaimer:  Shakespeare’s Birthplace is not actually for sale but will be the subject of dramatic special auctions to be performed in Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace.  

Sheldon Bosley Knight for themselves and for the current owners of the property, whose agents they are, give notice that these particulars do not constitute any part of a contract or any indication that the house will ever actually be sold at auction; they are set out as a general guide to support the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s celebrations of the 170th anniversary of the purchase of the property as a permanent national memorial of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

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Hanbury Countryside Show 2017

Hanbury Countryside Show 2017 - sheep judging - Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsorshipWe were very pleased to once again sponsor the Hanbury Countryside Show, a traditional one day agricultural Show held annually in Hanbury, Worcestershire.

Featuring impressive displays of horses, cattle, sheep and horticulture, it is a real family day out with something for everyone from fancy dress to dog displays, historical vehicles, horse show, crafts, food stalls and retail marquees.

Hanbury Countryside Show 2017 - Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsorshipThis year’s show had another record attendance, circa 14,000, and the numbers have been growing year on year.

Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsored the Down Breeds Sheep Section 9 comprising the four classes of Ram Shearling and Upwards, Ram Lamb, Ewe Shearling and upwards and Ewe Lamb.

Hanbury Countryside Show 2017 - sheep judging - Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsorshipWe were very impressed at the standard of entries and the winner of each class received an SBK goodie bag. Congratulations to all the very deserving winners.

Given our strong agricultural heritage we are proud to support this event, showcasing the best that farming, the countryside and rural life has to offer and we are already looking forward to next year.

Hanbury Countryside Show 2017 - sheep judging - Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsorshipHanbury Countryside Show 2017 - Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsorship

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Stratford Races 2017

John Ridge Trainer, Laura Gaydon SBK, Mr S Roche, David Kemp Jockey, Amy Reed SBK
John Ridge Trainer, Laura Gaydon SBK, Mr S Roche, David Kemp Jockey, Amy Reed SBK
L-R: John Ridge Trainer, Laura Gaydon SBK, S Roche, David Kemp Jockey, Amy Reed SBK

Sheldon Bosley Knight were thrilled to be able to sponsor the Handicap Hunters Chase at Stratford Racecourse earlier this month – the exciting race was won by Curraigflemens.

Company Director, Laura Gaydon and Rural Surveyor, Amy Reed made presentations to the Stable Girl of the Best Turned Out horse prior to the race and afterwards to the connections of the winning horse.

As a local Firm, SBK are delighted to sponsor Stratford Racecourse, particularly with our rural and equestrian property connections.

Laura Gaydon, Amy Reed and Winner at Stratford RacesIt is such a great evening for local trainers, owners and some from further afield on the Hunter Chase evening which we always enjoy.

SBK offers a comprehensive Rural & Equine Property Service.

For more information please contact Laura Gaydon MRICS FAAV at the Shipston office.

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Swalcliffe Park Horse Trials 2017

Swalcliffe Horse Trials 2017 3

Swalcliffe Horse Trials 2017 3Sheldon Bosley Knight were delighted to once again sponsor the Swalcliffe Park Horse Trials near Banbury, Oxfordshire.

The British Eventing Horse Trials ran over two days on the 18th & 19th March 2017, organised by Richard and Sarah Taylor with local, national and international competitors taking part.

The popular event early on in the season had near-perfect going on the cross country course, but the obstacles were causing plenty of questions.

The second day of competition began with the Sheldon Bosley Knight Section H BE100 open class.

Laura Gaydon and Charlie Chamberlayne and Julia Fairbank - Swalcliffe Horse Trials 2017 3aThe 44-strong field was won by local rider Julia Fairbank riding her own Shannondale Sonoma, winning on her dressage score of 25.8 after a double clear.

Second place went to Charlie Chamberlayne riding his own Black Op, and third place to Louise Scammell on her own Future Cantata.

Swalcliffe Horse Trials 2017 SBK RosetteLaura Gaydon, Director of Sheldon Bosley Knight said “the organisers Richard and Sarah Taylor once again hosted a very successful event, the going was good across the three phases and the cross country course asked some new questions.  We are thrilled to support this local equestrian event which is the highlight of the spring calendar for many local riders and businesses. Congratulations to all competitors and connections who took part”.

Pictured above, L-R, Charlie Chamberlayne, Laura Gaydon, Julia Fairbank.

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Midlands Challenger 2016

Midlands Tennis Challenger Event

Midlands Tennis Challenger EventSheldon Bosley Knight are delighted to sponsor the 2016 Midlands Tennis Challenger event, hosted by Warwick Boat Club.

With prize money of £1,000, Midlands players who played at Wimbledon this year, including Marcus Willis and Lloyd Glasspool, will be challenging for the title of Midlands Mens’ Singles Champion.

The tournament final is limited to 8 places, with the first 6 places being reserved for the highest ranked tennis players in the Midlands.

TWO wildcard places are available to any men’s singles players who are members of a Midlands tennis club.  Tennis players from Midlands clubs are encouraged to compete to play the best Midlands players, including Marcus Willis who played Roger Federer and Lloyd Glasspool  who played doubles with Dan Evans at Wimbledon.

The tournament will be at Warwick Boat Club on Saturday 10th September starting at 3pm and expected to finish at 7pm.

Entry to watch the tournament is free.  Tournament entry fees are £5 with proceeds going to charity.  The £5 entrance fee also includes tea and cakes.

Players wanting to compete should contact Gavin Henderson on 07787 568642 or email to pay the tournament entrance fee and reserve a tournament place.