A successful bid at auction has brought Camber Fields back into local ownership. Frank Langrish, who tenants and farms this 70 acre grazing land just across the River Rother, engaged in a tense battle of wills at Savills’ auction on Monday May 9. Opposing him was a mystery telephone bidder with a large purse who relentlessly forced up the price. Langrish was equally determined to win and finally clinched the sale at £154,000.
Michael Eve, on behalf of the Rye Fund, also attended the auction held in the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square. He commented afterwards that the auctioneer had introduced the lot 180 by promoting the development opportunities of this site adjacent to the iconic town of Rye. “The outcome means that the historical setting of Rye rising across Romney Marsh is preserved at least for the foreseeable future”, he said, “but the story doesn’t end here. It’s up to us to ensure that Rother spends the money for the benefit of Rye“.