One of the leading
auctioneers and valuers in the town during the 20th century
was George William Knipe and the firm he founded late in his career
continues today. He was born at Northorpe in 1917 and after attending
Bourne Grammar School, joined the firm of Hodgkinson and Son whose offices
were then in West Street, although they also had branches at
Billingborough and Stamford, qualifying as a chartered auctioneer and
valuer and eventually becoming a senior partner.
During the Second World War of 1939-45, he served with the Royal Air Force
as a navigator, reaching the rank of flight-lieutenant but resumed his
professional career on demobilisation, playing an active part in the life
of the town and holding a number of public appointments.
Mr Knipe was chairman of both the Lincolnshire and Wisbech branches of the
Agricultural Valuers Association, secretary, treasurer and a committee
member of the annual Deeping Ploughing Match and clerk to the trustees of
the Thurlby Causeway Estate Charity, a position he held for 40 years,
treasurer of Bourne Rotary Club and a member of the Hereward Lodge of
He was also deeply interested in education and involved with local
schools, serving as clerk to the governors of the Robert Manning Secondary
School in Abbey Road [now the Robert Manning Technology College], and the
Abbey Road and Westfield primary schools. Mr Knipe was keenly interested
in sport and was treasurer and later chairman of Bourne Cricket Club.
He died on Wednesday 15th March 1995, aged 78, and the funeral service was
held at the Abbey Church before a packed congregation of relatives,
friends and business associates. The firm of chartered surveyors,
agricultural valuers and auctioneers, Stephen Knipe and Company, which he
founded with his son Stephen in January 1987, continues from their offices
at No 1 Abbey Road.
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