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MAN PAID £12,250

JUST TO GO FISHING SALE OF A RIVER RIGHT LONDON. Sir Malcolm McAlpine, one of three brothers who are partners in the building firm of that name, has paid £12,250 for the right to fish along 14 miles of the River Test in Hampshire. Whitchurch, centre for the Test fishing, is amazed at the price paid. The river has not been kept in perfect condition during the war, due to pollution and lack of keepers. An angler with fishing rights on the river told a Daily Mail reporter: "The price is fantastic. It will be two years before.fishing in the river is up to pre-war standards and that part of it which came up for sale will have to be restocked." Efforts were made to- keep secret the name of the purchaser. Sir Malcolm bid at the auction through a firm of London estate agents. Thirty Bidders The rights were formerly owned by the late Mr. C. Carey Druce, whose 1573-acre estate in the Whitchurch neighbourhood, Litchfield Manor, was sold at the same auction for £30,000. Sir Malcolm McAlpine's rival for the rights to fish this 1Y miles of the River Test was Sir William Rootes. Thirty anglers and London business men made bids for the rights. A local estate agent, Mr. Herbert Johnson, said: "My guess was that the rights would not fetch more than £8000. Nobody I know thought the bidding would go beyond £9000." But Mr. Alfred Humphreys, keeper of the water on the Test at Whitchurch for 38 years, is not surprised at the price paid. "It is a wonderful -stretch of water that can be developed into one of the finest stretches of trout fishing . in the world," he said. "Twelve thousand pounds may seem a lot," but ten years ago £5100 was paid for a 900vard stretch of the river near here. The size of the fish taken from this part of the river averages about one pound. For really fine sport this stretch is unbeatable." Mr. Humphreys' father was keepei* of the water for 41 years, and his grandfather fr >r 43 years-

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MAN PAID £12,250, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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MAN PAID £12,250 Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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