FARM equipment was sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds at a special auction in a village close to Whitchurch last week.

Buyers from across Wales, England and Northern Ireland braved heavy rain to attend a successful farm dispersal sale in Penley, which is between Wrexham and Whitchurch.

The sale at Halghton Grove, Halghton Lane, Penley was conducted by leading regional auctioneers Halls on behalf of the executors of the late Peter Groom.

A large crowd assembled with competitive bidding throughout the auction. 

Auctioneer Allen Gittins, Halls’ chairman, said the conditions failed to put off anyone hoping to grab themselves a bargain for the well-kept equipment, which was welcomed by all who were bidding.

He said: “Despite the awful weather conditions, most of the large crowd stayed throughout the sale.


“It was very pleasing to welcome buyers from as far away as Northern Ireland and across Wales and England.

“Peter Groom was well known in the area and had been living at Halghton Grove for virtually all his life.

“He had built up an extensive and very usable range of farm implements, machinery and vehicles.

“The items were well looked after and most had been stored indoors which gave the bidders confidence to buy.”

The majority of the vehicles on offer were sold for a five-figure sum with a top price of £26,000, with a mix of tractors, and other equipment up for sale.

Whitchurch Herald: The 2012 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop which made £25,500.The 2012 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop which made £25,500. (Image: Halls)

Four tractors, including three Ford models dating to 1987, went under the hammer and the top price of £26,000 went to a 2006 New Holland TM155.

A 1994 Ford 8630 Power Shift 4WD tractor sold for £15,800, a 1987 Ford 7610 2WD tractor made £8,150 and a 1990 Ford 3910-H 2WD tractor found a new home for £2,900.

A 2011 JCB TM 310s loader and pallet tines sold for £25,000 and competitive bidding saw a 2012 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop make £25,500.

The extensive range of farm implements and machinery also sold well.

Leading prices were £8,200 for a John Deere 1365 trailed mower conditioner, £7,600 for a 2019 Portequip PT012 26ft twin axle bale trailer and thripples, £6,200 for a West 1600 side discharge muck spreader, £1,500 for a KRM M2 Q fertiliser spreader and £950 for a 10ft Flat Roll.