Ever fancied becoming a ferryman in the Fens?

08:33 17 June 2014

The ferry crossing point which is included in the sale

The ferry crossing point which is included in the sale


The right to ferry passengers across the River Lark will come up for sale as part of an auction taking place next Wednesday.

A 10-acre parcel of land at Ferry Drove, in Isleham, is set to go under the hammer and it comes with the rights to carry people, horses and carts across an expanse of the river – for a toll, of course.

The property is being sold by Cheffins at Clifton House, Cambridge, from 2pm and is expected to raise between £80,000 and £100,000.

A spokesman said: “The property has the right to ferry persons, horses and carts across the river and to take all tolls chargeable. Temporary mooring rights only for the purposes of access, loading and unloading are also available.”

Fishing rights also come with the land as does The Ferry pub – albeit the building having long been abandoned.

The land is grade II fen peat and can also be used to grow crops.

According to a commemorative stone left on the site, the Reverend Charles Haddon Spurgeon, known as the prince of preachers, was baptised in the River Lark – at the crossing point – on May 3, 1850.

To find out more about the sale, visit www.cheffins.co.uk


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