History

Founded in 1871, we are rightly proud of our distinguished heritage. Thomas Beardmore, a well-known business man as Licensee of the Three Tuns Inn, Uttoxeter, notified his intention to trade as an auctioneer and valuer in the town earlier that year. He held his first sale on the 19th March 1871 at Lowe Hill in Leek.

This was a year in which the highest price ever recorded for a Christmas Fat cow was £31 15s 0d (£31.75) a notable price for the period. Pork was selling at between 8s 6d (42.5p) and 9s 3p (46.25p) per score liveweight and beef were making from 6d (2.5p) to 8.5 d (3.54p) per lb.

Many things have changed… but since that auspicious start, the business has gone from strength to strength.

We still operate from Uttoxeter but now also have offices in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Leek and Penkridge – ensuring that we are well placed to deal with property and livestock enquiries throughout Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

We continue to be one of the largest livestock and property auctioneers in the Midlands, with market places in Bakewell and Leek. Our team of Estate Agents are responsible for a wide portfolio of both town and country properties, and we enjoy an unrivalled reputation for our customer service and integrity.

As Chartered Surveyors, we also advise on a number of land and property related matters including valuations, compensation claims and planning and development issues.

Our on-site team for livestock, dairy and machinery dispersal sales are renowned for their caring, ‘hands on’ approach at what can often be a difficult time for farmers and landowners. We take responsibility for all aspects of the sale, minimising the workload and anxiety for our clients.

Although we have been established for 145 years, our commitment to our clients remains as strong as ever and we look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries.