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75th anniversary auction

Please join us for our 75th Anniversary Auction, which is being hosted by celebrity auctioneer, Charles Hanson.

Whether you are thinking of bidding or just tuning in for an entertaining evening, we hope you will be able to join us on the night!

Event Dates

Monday 15th February 2021




75th Anniversary Auction

Please join us for our 75th Anniversary Auction, which is being hosted by celebrity auctioneer, Charles Hanson.

Whether you are thinking of bidding or just tuning in for an entertaining evening, we hope you will be able to join us on the night!




Catalogue of lots

Auction Items

See below for some of our fantastic auction items – there are more to be added so please check back. The full catalogue will be available soon.

Thank you to all of our generous donors.


  • Name a bridge on the Canal & River Trust network after yourself or a loved one, for one year
  • Caldon Canal historic experience and two night stay
  • A two-hour experience, for two people, includes a tour of Tooleys Historic Boatyard with a blacksmithing experience.
  • A unique “behind the scenes” waterways experience donated by the Canal & River Trust. This lot is a choice of ONE of these three money-can’t-buy opportunities. The three options are – in no particular order:
    • A behind the scenes tour of Canal & River Trust’s Heritage Working Boats at their base at Icknield Port Yard, Birmingham. This tour offers a chance to find out how these historic craft are maintained and used. You will have a chance to speak to the crew of the boats and will also be able to take a short boat trip on a Heritage Working Boat.
    • A personal tour of historic (and maybe haunted) Hartshill Yard near Atherstone. Here you will see the blacksmith’s shop and covered dock, and try to spot the resident ghost!
    • A VIP tour of Harecastle Tunnel, including a visit to nearby Middleport Pottery and a chance to sample the delicious local oatcakes. Canal & River Trust will make all necessary arrangements with the winning bidder.
  • Dudley Tunnel experience for two people
  • Trip on the inaugural voyage of the Derby & Sandiacre’s River Derwent trip boat for up to two adults and two children
  • Family trip on Basingstoke Canal Society trip boat for up to two adults and two children
  • Afternoon tea for two at Davenports Tea Room
  • Cream Tea Cruise on the Chelmer and Blackwater
  • Kate Boats Warwickshire £400 voucher to be spent on a hire boat holiday
  • A tour of Bishton Hall and gardens, along with afternoon tea with Charles Hanson for up to 4 people
  • VIP for 2 guests to attend an auction on the day of filming a tv show. Venue is Bishton Hall in August 2021.
  • Five days in dry dock at Caggys Boatyard at Tipton on the BCN, which is currently being restored


  • Original, signed and framed painting by Harley Crossley. This painting of a traditional narrowboat is entitled “Barge”. There is some slight damage on one corner of the frame.
  • Stunning signed linocut print of Fradley Junction by celebrated waterways artist Eric Gaskell. The print measures 130 x 270 mm. It is a limited edition run of just 10 prints.
  • Handpainted “Roses and Castles” tea tray by renowned canal art artisan Dave Moore. This has been painted especially for IWA.
  • Hand painted magazine rack with a traditional “roses” inspired design.
  • Original acrylic on canvas painting, by artist Jan Vallance, a member of the Guild of Waterways Artists. It is painted on a square canvas measuring 203mm x 203 mm (8″ x 8″) with a 1″ deep white tray frame. (framed size approx 230mm x 230mm ( 9″ x 9″). This painting is numbered. This particular bridge is on the Macclesfield canal.
  • Original painting from artist, Steve Owen depicts a Kingfisher in flight, is painted on canvas-textured paper using acrylic paint and measures 455 x 330mm (approx A3).
  • Limited edition Giclée Print entitled ‘A New Day Will Dawn’ is hand finished with metallic ink and signed by the artist, Jay Nolan-Latchford. It also numbered and will be sent with a certificate of authenticity. Size: 250 x 250mm plus border. One of only 50 ever produced.
  • Dave Gardham A3 signed prints
  • Framed print “Ashton Attack” by waterways photographer Harry Arnold MBE
  • An enamel painted brass hand bell is painted by renowned canal art painter Gill Buxbaum
  • A4 Personalised Boat/House Portrait by Rebekah Parrott

Celebrity Memorabilia

  • Set, donated by IWA Vice President Sir David Suchet includes a A4 signed photograph of Hercule Poirot, an A5 signed photo of Sir David Suchet, an A4 Hercule Poirot signed letterhead and a Hercule Poirot business card.
  • Comedian, writer, actor and presenter Griff Rhys Jones has signed a copy of his book “Rivers” which follows the BBC series he made about Britain’s inland waterways.
  • TV presenter and author, Chris Tarrant OBE has donated two books to our auction – Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railway Journeys and Dad’s War. Both books are signed by the author.

Books, Maps & Deeds

  • Celebrating one of the original founders of IWA, this book “Know Your Waterways – Holidays on Inland Waterways” was written by Robert Aickman in 1955. He signed and dated this copy in 1964. It is in “Good Used Condition” with all pages intact but some wear on the cover and spine.
  • FIRST EDITION of the book NARROW BOAT printed in 1944 by IWA co-founder L.T.C ROLT. The book is in “Good Used Condition, a clean cover no stains, a sound spine, all pages intact, no marks or writing on the pages.
  • A framed map highlighting the route of the Kington, Leominster & Stourport canal’s route along with elevations of its significant structures and heritage assets. This map was produced in 1970 by the Railway and Canal Society. It measures 77 X 40 cm and is in a good condition for its age.
  • “Waterways Past and Present: A Unique Portrait of Britain’s Waterways Heritage” signed by author Derek Pratt
  • A quilted, hand-embroidered, wall hanging of a map of the Eastern region waterways entitled “Waters to the Wash”
  • Bound Edition of Original Canal Acts from the 1700s

Brasses, trophies & plaques

  • Christie Challenge Trophy – Hallmarked silver 16cm
  • De Maré Cup. This was only ever awarded once, in 1950 at the first National Rally & Festival of Boats at Market Harborough. The cup measures 15 cm. Not hallmarked
  • McDougall Flour Challenge Trophy Cake Stand (not hallmarked) 1974
  • Nationwide Anglia Challenge Trophy (hallmarked)
  • Lot of three brass items includes a solid brass prancing unicorn on a flat base, about 8 cm /3 inches wide and approximately 19cm /9 inches high overall. A heavy brass bottle opener in the shape of a naked lady. This measures 12.5cm/5 inches long. And a large solid brass model of a goose. It measures 12 cm/4 inches high with an overall length (beak to tail) of 20cm/8 inches.
  • Three sets of original horse brasses, which would all be suitable to hang on a chimney or display on a wall.
  • Set of 8 British Transport Commisson Police Uniform Buttons
  • Bespoke wooden plaque made from the beautifully grained wood of an old boat that has been salvaged at Langley Boatyard. The plaque will have an engraved inscription of your choice.

Pottery & Ceramics

  • Unusual Wade pottery narrowboat. It measures approximately 20 cm/8 inches long, 4cm/1.5 inches wide and 6.5cm/2.5 inches tall and although it shows some signs of age, is in very good condition.
  • 1960 Pottery IWA trophy
  • A Silver Jubilee Commemorative Inland Waterways Association Lace Plate, which measures 6″ in diameter. It is in good condition with blue ribbon woven through the plate and tied in a bow. The plate comes in its original box and has a certificate confirming it is number 87 of a limited edition run of 500 plates.


  • Bottle of Waterway Recovery Group single cask whisky. Waterway Recovery Group has just launched its first ever Malt Whisky and what better way to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of IWA than with a bottle of this Single Cask, special edition 10yr Islay malt whisky from the Bruichladdich Distillery? To make it even more special, this is bottle number 75 from the limited run of just 278 bottles.
  • Taster pack from the award-winning Campfire Gin range, which is distilled by Puddingstone Distillery, based in the Chiltern Hills. The Gift Pack includes 3 x 10cl miniature botles of gins including London Dry Gin, Cask Aged Gin and Navy Strength Gin.
  • 12 craft beers from Tring Brewery.
  • A highly-collectible bottle of Bushmills Millennium Malt Whiskey. A full size unopened 70cl bottle and the whiskey is 43% ABV. It is bottle number 238 out of cask 161 which was distilled in 1975 and bottled late in 1999 ready for the millennium. This is a rare Irish unfiltered, single cask whiskey which sells for over £300 on the open market and is a favourite amongst whiskey connoisseurs.


How do I place a bid?

  • Visit Hansons Auctioneers website
  • Select ‘Create Account’ using your email address, name and phone number
  • You can then log in to view the live auctions
  • Click on the IWA Auction listing to view the catalogue and ‘Register to Bid’ for an item you would like to bid on
  • Register by adding name, address and credit/debit card details. A pre-authorisation transaction for 10p will be processed to confirm the card details. The transaction will not show on your card statement and will not be deducted from your account. No payment will be taken by Hansons.
  • You can now bid on multiple lots – simply click on ‘Place Bid’ and add your amount. This can be done before the auction or live on the night.

**The amount you bid is your maximum bid. The auctioneer will start the bidding at £5 and work up to your maximum bid and may go beyond it with other bidders on the night.

Please follow these steps before the auction begins so that you are ready to place your bids as soon as they come up.

How do I watch the auction?

Either: Log in to Hanson’s (as above) and you will see that the auction is being streamed live at

Or: You can tune in at This service handles multiple auctions. To find Hansons’ sales, scroll down the list on the right hand side of the screen and find the Hansons Auctioneers & Valuers link – click on the link and when the page loads click on ‘Watch Auction’; a separate window will open, click on the ‘Video Available’ button to view the auction.

How do I pay for my auction lots?

Once you have won your lot, IWA will be notified and we will contact you for payment. The payment will be processed as a charitable donation to the Inland Waterways Association. Please be aware that the price you bid for your item does not include postage and packaging.

Please allow 7-14 working days after payment to receive your items as postal and courier services are currently experiencing delays.

Will I need to pay a buyers premium to Hansons?

No – there will be no premium added to your bid and payments will be made directly to IWA as donations.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs, but we ask that you add a suggested donation towards delivery costs. As a guide, we would suggest £3.25 on smaller items and £7.50 on larger items.


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