Adam Partridge Auctioneers Cheshire
Auctioneer in Cheshire

18/05/2009 : The Denis Byrne Collection

We are pleased to announce two remarkable auctions within a 10 day period - The Denis Byrne collection on 28th May and The John Holt Collection on 6th June.

The Denis Byrne Collection, in association with The Gate House, Macclesfield.
Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers are to auction over 5000 items collected by the late Denis Byrne of Wilmslow over a period of around 17 years. The huge and eclectic mix includes hundreds of inkwells and desk top accessories, vintage kitchenalia & tools, thousands of books, ceramics, glass, antique maps, furniture, sewing collectables etc.
Denis Byrne was born in Fazakerley, on the outskirts on Liverpool, on Christmas Eve 1931, the second in a family of four children, two girls and two boys. In 1938 the family, of seven with Grandma, moved a short distance to a small three bedroomed house with a good sized garden. While growing up, Denis became obsesses with sport, he obviously had enormous vitality and boundless energy, as he couldnít get enough of it. Although he was keen on cricket, tennis and in athletics, running; it was his love of football that predominated and he must have been good, as shortly after the war, Denis was chosen to represent Liverpool schools after playing football in Holland.
All four children passed the exams for High School and Denis and I were briefly together in Alsops High School, he being in the 6th form and specialising in History and Geography when I arrived. He did his National Service with the RAF immediately after leaving school and after this in 1952, he started his 45 year career with the CIS. This company was very influential in Denisí life. He worked hard for them and was rewarded with promotions, starting with being the youngest branch manager they had ever appointed. He also met Margaret, the love of his life, through the CIS and in 1959 they married and set up home in Waterloo, Liverpool. But not for long as the company moved Denis to London for a brief spell and then to Newcastle where they lived in Ponteland for about seven years before he was called to the head offices in Manchester and they finally settled down in Wilmslow in 1971.
Studying was one of Denisí obsessions and he indulged it to the full! By 1970 he had worked through all the relevant professional insurance qualifications and had completed the first year of an external course on Law at Newcastle University. Continuation with this was thwarted by the move to Manchester so he switched to doing Open University courses and through the years obtained 2 degrees, one in Economics and the other in Law, before he finally stopped formal studies.
Margaret died in 1991.