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The History of Estate Agents in the U.K.
« on: Friday 02 February 18 18:08 GMT (UK) »
Hi again, Everyone,
A general query this, but does anyone know where I might find something to read about the origin of the modern day Estate Agents.  I'd always thought they were a recent phenomenon, but have recently come across a firm that reputedly originated in 1855.
Any help with this, however small, much appreciated...
Keith

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Re: The History of Estate Agents in the U.K.
« Reply #1 on: Friday 02 February 18 18:44 GMT (UK) »
What an interesting question.

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Names: Loughborough and Loughbrough, (London, Hull and Hartlepool), Watson, (Jarrow & H'pool), Ballard & Glassop (E. London), Mowbray & Bulmer (both H'pool) & Leggett (Corton, Scarborough, H'pool, & Barnington, Yorks.). I use GRAMPS 4.2.6 software.

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Re: The History of Estate Agents in the U.K.
« Reply #3 on: Friday 02 February 18 19:11 GMT (UK) »
Thanks, Martin and Mike...
I see that Savill and Son dates from 1855, but that's not the firm that I have been led to believe was started up the very same year.  I wonder when those boards advertising for sale/sold/to let/under offer, etc. were first allowed to be displayed outside properties...
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Re: The History of Estate Agents in the U.K.
« Reply #4 on: Friday 02 February 18 19:36 GMT (UK) »
A quick search unearthed this, a bit late, but good value AND tea and biscuits!

http://creditonhistory.org.uk/whats-on/2017/estateagents.aspx

Talk on The History of Estate Agents by David Force (A Newton St Cyres History Group event)

When:   7:30 PM to 9:30 PM Wednesday, 18th January  2017
Where:   Club Room, Newton St Cyres Village Hall, EX5 5BL
Who:   David Force
Admission 2, to include tea and biscuits.

(Why do they all dress like that...?)

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Re: The History of Estate Agents in the U.K.
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 03 February 18 13:27 GMT (UK) »
Hi Keith

What firm are you looking for?
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Re: The History of Estate Agents in the U.K.
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 03 February 18 16:47 GMT (UK) »
Hi again, Shaun,
It was actually Harvey and Wheeler...
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Re: The History of Estate Agents in the U.K.
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 06 February 18 11:26 GMT (UK) »
I couldn't find any mention of Harvey & Wheeler before 1919 but from their website it appears that the business was bought from a George Fitzroy-Francis at that time and renamed.

I can't find any record at all of a George Fitzroy-Francis !

http://www.harveywheeler.com/history/
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Re: The History of Estate Agents in the U.K.
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 06 February 18 11:49 GMT (UK) »
Not Fitzroy but Futvoye.

George Futvoye Francis, auctioneer & surveyor (1844-18291929). Futvoye seems to be often transcribed as Futroye.

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