Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 1613 Bedfords Review | Issue Four Hasketon We have sold many beautiful houses this year in Woodbridge and the surrounding villages, and Hasketon House is up there with the best. Dating back to the early Victorian period, with outbuildings, and standing in mature gardens extending to nearly half an acre, it’s easy to see why. WoodbridgeOffice SOLD Four favourites sold in 2016 Burnham Overy Town A beautiful house by the church, sold with a pang of regret after nearly 40 years, by charming down-sizers to equally charming escapees to the country; the sellers and buyers both went out of their way to ensure the sale went happily for the other. It was a pleasure in every way to be involved. Burnham Market Office Cockfield This was a particular favourite of ours, as the setting was incredible, completely surrounded by farmland. Watching the seasons change from the breakfast room and its ‘glass wall’, with its contrast to the original timber-frame, was such a lovely fusion of historic house and contemporary living. Bury St Edmunds Office Aldeburgh Set in an oasis of 1.4 acres within the town centre, this Grade II Listed house has been owned by the same family for many decades. It was a pleasure to help the family move on to a smaller house – also sold by us, where the owners of this property, in turn, went to a property sold through us. A satisfying chain of events! Aldeburgh Office Property I would like to take this opportunity to thank the partners for organising the splendid 50th celebrations at Hengrave and Holkham Hall. Sadie and I enjoyed seeing so many old friends and clients. Some of you may not know, but the events coincided with the publication of my autobiography. Looking back, it’s clear that mine has been a lucky generation. We haven’t been forced to go to war. Regardless of our qualifications, we found it easy to get a job. Nor was it too difficult to buy one’s first house (I bought my first property in 1960 for £800 with a 90% mortgage), and prices have rocketed since. This has given most of us a good pension and secured our retirement. On Saturday 17th December 2011, I was about to set off to watch Ipswich Town (which might have been the final straw) when I suffered a minor stroke. It was during that long night that I decided to set the details of my life down on paper. It would be another year or two before I started work on “Bricks & Mortals”. I wrote the book to chart some of the changes I have experienced in my lifetime – not only in the property world, but also in East Anglia’s business and social landscape. Much of the book is about the business that bears my name, and I would like to place on record my thanks to the hundreds of people who have worked alongside me since I first set up Bedfords 50 years ago, in 1966. Their contributions have made the business the success it is today, and I remain grateful to each of them. A note from David Bedford Bedfords Review | Issue Four 13