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Auction at Brook Cottage, Slaugham
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Auction at Brook Cottage, Slaugham

On 3rd May 1945, just 5 days before VE-Day, an important auction took place to dispose of the contents of Brook Cottage, Slaugham.
The auction conditions on page 3 of the catalogue are a reminder of the various restrictions that were introduced to prevent rationing abuse, and profiteering by persons seeking to trade illegally.
Click on Open Document to view the catalogue with hand-written prices.

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Brook Cottage was the English country home of the wealthy American Graff family. They also had properties in Great Cumberland Place, Mayfair, and Santa Barbara, California.
Mrs Jessie Chinchen (née Hobden) was the housekeeper, her brother, Edward Hobden, the gardener, and George White the butler. When Clarence Lafayette Graff died, his wife sold up in England and returned to America. In so doing she sold 1, 2, and 3 Bosworths to Mrs Chinchen, Mr Hobden, and Mr White, respectively, for quite modest prices, even for the time.
Mrs Chinchen’s daughter, Inez, married Tom Wilson, my aunt and uncle, and they continued to live in 1, Bosworths for many years.

Added by John Skinner on 14 April 2013
Jessie Chinchen and Edward Hobden were my great-aunt and uncle.
I have only recently found out this information from trying to track my ancestors
Added by Hilary Pearce on 30 January 2016
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