October 2017 - Latest news and views from Ryder & Dutton

Ryder & Dutton Open New Branch in Colne Valley


Ryder & Dutton, award winning estate agents who have been established for almost 100 years, have added to our branch network and have opening a brand new office in the Colne Valley!!


We are delighted to once again be expanding our branch network, this time into the stunning Colne Valley! The brand new office is located at 828 Manchester Road, Linthwaite. The branch will be headed up by Manager Leanne Randall who has 15 years of management experience in retail banking, mortgages and estate agency. She will be joined by Senior Negotiator Emma Shepherdson who has been negotiating sales across West Yorkshire for the last few years and has a genuine passion for property after being brought up in a family that build and develop new homes for a living.


We asked Leanne about the plans for the new branch in Colne Valley, she said “Having lived in the Colne Valley since birth, I have fantastic knowledge of the local area and a genuine admiration for the place. My aim is to provide an efficient and personalised service to the Colne Valley community, promoting the area we live in and all the fantastic things about it!”



The addition of the Colne Valley office further enhances our customer experience for those buying, selling, or letting in HD7 and means we offer an unrivalled coverage across Huddersfield and the surrounds alongside our Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Lindley and Skelmanthorpe offices.



If you wish to contact the new team in the Colne Valley area then you can call them on 01484 506 408 or you can email them at Colnevalley@ryder-dutton.co.uk or you can find out more information here at http://www.ryder-dutton.co.uk/branches/colne-valley.

New Look Ryder & Dutton Commercial Agency Team...


Ryder and Dutton have reconfigured the Commercial Agency Team to take advantage of improving Commercial Market Conditions.


Verity Ellidge who has been with the firm for 11 years heads up the new look agency team and has previously been a key member of the Land and New Homes Team specialising in the sales of Development Land. She is complimented by Commercial Agency Administrator Luci Hutchinson who negotiates and advises on a full spectrum of the team’s busy and expanding pool of instructions. In addition the team is supported by Commercial Director James Roberts who has 21 post qualified years as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Commercial transactions and Valuations.


Already October has been a busy month for the team and Verity Ellidge comments “ I have been involved in Ryder and Dutton’s Commercial Team for most of my career but October has been as busy a month as I can recall. Two units have been let at Westwood Business Centre, one unit literally went under offer within two days of marketing and it’s great to lead a deal driven team that is getting amazing results for our clients ”


A delighted James Roberts said “ The market is changing - we are seeing relaxations in planning policy and the market leading Ryder and Dutton Residential Service experience is helping  our commercial clients now and indeed it is complimentary  as we are selling offices and stand alone industrial buildings more often than not for residential use.


“Good commercial properties are leasing and selling quickly and if you want to know how much your commercial property is worth or need advice on its lettability call the team now on 0161 925 3232 and we look forward to connecting with you.”

The Most Haunted Houses that you can Visit in England and Wales<br />


Every self-respecting country house is in need of a ghost. Sceptic and believer are both in happy agreement on this point.

If owners and guides are to be believed, they are very rarely disappointed: the ghostless stately home or castle seems a great rarity.


But if you fancy trying to spot a ghost yourself, bagging an invite to a haunted pile might not be all that easy – thankfully, there are plenty of (supposedly) ghost-ridden places open to the public – many through the National Trust.


Here’s our pick of haunted places that you can visit, all of which have a fascinating story to tell – even if you’re not lucky/unlucky enough to run into an other-worldly apparition…

Ham House, Surrey

Set on the banks on the River Thames, Ham House, near Richmond, was once home to the fiery Duchess of Lauderdale, whose ghost is believed to roam the corridors to this day.

After her husband died in 1682, the Duchess, who had always lived in splendid style, was forced to sell many of her priced possessions. She ended her days in penury, writing: ‘I am a prisoner now in my beloved Ham House, and I will never leave’.

The Duchess’s Bedchamber now has a strangely oppressive atmosphere – visitors have heard footsteps and glimpsed the reflection of a malevolent-looking figure in the Duchess’s mirror. To be on the safe side, some of Ham House’s staff take the precaution of murmuring ‘Good afternoon, your ladyship’ before entering.

Treasurer’s House, York

The Treasurer’s House, which was built over the main Roman thoroughfare leading into York, has been featured in the Guinness Book of Records for having ‘Ghosts Of The Greatest Longevity’.

Many people claim to have seen the ghosts of a Roman army in the building’s cellars. The most famous account is of an engineer who was installing central heating, when he was startled by the sound of a trumpet. He then saw the top of a soldier’s helmet emerging from the wall against which he had been working, and watched in disbelief as a phantom horse and twenty soldiers marched solemnly past him.

The engineer was not alone in his Roman vision. While the house was in private hands in the 1920s, a lavish fancy dress party was held. One guest found herself in the cellars with a man dressed as a legionnaire, who stopped her in her tracks by placing a spear across the corridor. It wasn’t until later that she discovered that not a single one of the guests had come dressed as a Roman soldier.


Chartwell, Kent


Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until his death in 1965, remains very much as he left it – visitors have even reported the faint smell of cigar smoke emanating from the rooms as they tour the building. But the most fascinating ghost story associated with Chartwell was told by Churchill himself.

In an article entitled ‘The Dream’, written in 1947, Sir Winston gives a moving account of seeing an apparition of his long-dead father, Randolph, sitting in his favourite red leather armchair.

He describes their conversation, in which he fills his father in on everything that has happened since his death, including two World Wars. The tale ends with Randolph taking a match to light his cigarette, striking it and then vanishing.

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Almost 200 years ago a, fire broke out at Felbrigg. Its owner, William Windham III, was a great bibliophile, and risked his life trying to rescue his books from the blaze. He died weeks later from his injuries, but it’s said that he still visits Felbrigg’s magnificent library in order to read all the books he didn’t have time for while he was alive.

William’s ghost has been seen sitting at the library table, book in hand, and also relaxing in the library chair. But apparently, the ghost will only appear when an exact combination of books is placed on the library chair.

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Set in the middle of this eighteenth century landscape park is Newton House which, it is rumoured, is haunted at night by Lady Elinor Cavendish.

Lady Elinor was betrothed to a man she didn’t love, and to escape him, she sought refuge with her family at Dinefwr. However, she was followed by her enraged suitor, who caught up with her and strangled her to death.

Ever since then, muffled voices have reverberated around empty rooms, and staff have reported lights being turned on and off. In the 1980s, a camera crew attempted to capture Elinor’s ghost on film. Although they were unsuccessful, the cameraman claimed that while he was sleeping, he felt invisible hands squeezing his throat.


Dunster Castle, Somerset


Dating back to Norman times, Dunster has a long and spooky history. Staff at the National Trust shop (which used to be the stable block) have seen a mysterious man dressed in green, and stock mysteriously falls from the shelves. The general sense of menace haunts that the building has prompted some visitors to ask whether has been murdered there!

But perhaps the most unusual Dunster ghost story concerns the remains of a seven-foot-tall prisoner, who was manacled by the wrists and ankles. Even in daylight, the site where his skeleton found is dark and gloomy. Dogs seem particularly troubled by it, refusing to climb the steps.

Nunnington Hall, York

There’s a grisly tale behind Nunnington Hall’s rumoured hauntings. Lady Nunnington, the second wife of the Hall’s owner, bitterly resented her stepson, wishing that her own son could inherit the estate. After her husband died, Lady Nunnington began to mistreat the older boy, locking him in an attic room.

The only person allowed to see him was his half-brother, who would bring him food and toys. One dark night, the older boy escaped and disappeared without a trace.

Lady Nunnington was jubilant, but her son was distraught; he missed his playmate, and would watch for him endlessly. This ended in tragedy when he leaned too far out of a window, fell to the ground and died from his injuries. His mother took to roaming the house, inconsolable with grief.

After her death, when the property had passed to new owners, there were many reported sightings of her ghost gliding through the roams and ascending the staircase, accompanied by the sound of rustling from her silk dress.

Corfe Castle, Dorset

During the Civil War, Corfe, which belonged to a Royalist family, was overrun by Cromwell’s Roundheads and blown up.

The sound of a child weeping can occasionally be heard nearby, and it is believed that the headless body of a woman in white who stalks the battlements of the ruins is the ghost of the person who betrayed the Castle’s besieged owners.

Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

Many visitors claim to have heard ghostly footsteps along corridors – in the 19th century, a terrified house guest wrote: ‘I once heard that solemn tread. It had an awful and mournful sound…and affected me deeply.’

On top of this, the library at Baddesley Clinton was the scene of a brutal murder. In Tudor times, it was a first-floor chamber. There, according to legend, Nicholas Broome, who had inherited the house in 1483, returned home unexpectedly and ‘slew the minister of Baddesley Church finding him in his parlour choking his wife under the chin…’

The slaughtered priest’s bloodstain was said to have made an indelible mark in front of the library fireplace, but scientific analysis has since proved that the stain was actually pig’s blood.

Speke Hall, Liverpool

The chilling tale in Speke’s history comes from the 1730s, when its owner, Lady Mary, married the notorious ‘Worthless’ Sidney Beauclerk. Lord Sidney was so fond of the high life that he eventually gambled away the family fortunes, and had to confess to his wife.Lady Mary was apparently so overcome with grief and anger that she picked up her infant and threw him from the window into the moat below. She then went down into the Great Hall and killed herself.


Recorded fact, however, tells a different story: Lady Mary survived her husband, while her only son lived till 1781. Nevertheless, the rumours of a ghostly lady in white, believed to be Lady Mary, date back more than a century.



Article sourced at countrylife.co.uk


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Ryder & Dutton shortlisted for 2017 Best Agent in the North West Region Award!<br />


We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of selected estate agents, for the 2017 Best Agent North West Region Award.



The winner will be announced at a black tie evening Awards Dinner held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 17 November. The Awards Dinner closes Relocation Agent Network’s annual National Conference and Exhibition, and this year is hosted by well-known comedian and TV presenter, Sue Perkins.



Relocation Agent Network’s 2017 Best Agent North West Region Award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year and offers nominees the chance to become the Network’s ‘Best Network Agent in the North West Region’. To reach this stage of the award programme, agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, innovative business initiatives and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.



Ryder & Dutton’s Richard Powell said, “We are so proud to be shortlisted for this year’s Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent Regional Award. It really does highlight the effort, commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by our team here at Ryder & Dutton.”



Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director commented, “Our Best Agent Regional Awards recognise those agents that go above and beyond when it comes to customer service and business innovation and network participation. Congratulations to Ryder & Dutton for their well- deserved nomination.”

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