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 16Bedfords Review | Issue Four 3 ‘Reflecting on the last 50 years in business, and by looking at the world through this prism of perspective, recent events seem less scary’ Anyone who placed an accumulator bet of just £1 earlier this year on Leicester City winning the Premier League, the UK voting for Brexit in the referendum and Donald Trump beating Hilary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States, would now be better off to the tune of £4.5 million! Here at Bedfords, we expected that 2016 would prove a year to remember, although admittedly our 50th anniversary was the memorable event we anticipated, and alas none of us demonstrated sufficient foresight to head to the bookies clutching £1. The events of 2016 have certainly surprised many of us, and of course there are those who forecast yet more turbulent waters ahead. However, one unintended consequence of our 50th celebrations has been that it has given us reason to reflect on the last 50 years in business, and by looking at the world through this prism of perspective, recent events seem less scary and capricious, less like the storms that we fear may capsize us, more like the choppy seas through which we have sailed before. Since 1966 we have endured seven recessions including the three-day week, the winter of discontent and the credit crunch; we have seen ten Prime Ministers sworn in (and Donald Trump will be the tenth President in the same period); we have voted to join the European Economic Community; left the Exchange Rate Mechanism and decided not to join the Euro. Having won the World Cup once, we have not won it in twelve subsequent attempts. In other words, we have survived other occasions of shock, disbelief and disappointment. And throughout all of these, the world has continued to turn on its axis; the sun has continued to rise and to set and spring has invariably followed winter; we have grown older, had children and grandchildren; we have up-sized, we have down-sized; we have invested and saved; spent wisely on some occasions and unwisely on others. So I shall not hazard any predictions as to what 2017 may have in store for us, except to say that I am off to the bookmakers with £1 and high hopes for Norwich City in the cup, Ant & Dec to take over the chair of Question Time from David Dimbleby and Her Majesty the Queen to be Strictly’s glitterball champion 2017! Ben Marchbank Partner, Burnham Market office BEN MARCHBANK A year to remember Welcome Aldeburgh 145 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AN T. 01728 454 505 E. Burnham Market The Bower House, Market Place, Burnham Market, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8HF T. 01328 730 500 E. Bury St Edmunds 15 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1QD T. 01284 769 999 E. Woodbridge 28 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4LU T. 01394 779 444 E. Mayfair Office Cashel House, 15 Thayer Street, London W1U 3JT T. 0870 112 7099 E. Specialists in the sale of character houses in East Anglia Contents 04  News Community and fundraising news 05  Property Comment & property news Four of the best on the market The Norfolk home of Sir John Hurt 10 Exceptional people The renaissance of Woodbridge 13 Property Four favourites we sold in 2016 14 End note Emmerson Dutton's musical houses @Bedfords1966 Cover: Benton Iris 1 (detail) by Jelly Green