Members of the Longstaff family have been selling by auction in Lincolnshire since before 1854, the earliest record that we have found. In the early 1900's we acquired the old established practice of J Cooley & Son who were founded in 1770. Our representation in Spalding moved from the original offices in Herring Lane to our Sheepmarket premises at around the end of the 19th century, at which time we were principally involved as livestock auctioneers with markets in Spalding, Bourne and Stamford, and as Tenantright Valuers, Land and Estate Agents.
Parallel to our involvement in Spalding Livestock Auctions and Spalding Auction (formerly Spalding Bulb & Produce Auction), we continued to develop our Sheepmarket practice. However, with limited space, we moved to new premises in New Road in 1983 and added offices in Holbeach and Market Deeping at around the same time.
When many of our competitors who were active in the market in the late 1980's joined institutions, Longstaff retained its independence. That central theme of independence & impartial advice has remained with us and will continue to be a crucial factor as we move forward to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
In 2006, we opened a new office in Bourne to further extend our coverage across South Lincolnshire. Today we have five partners, two departmental managers and a staff of nearly 30. Four of the firm are qualified Chartered Surveyors, having a combined tally of over 160 years of experience in the profession.
In 2007, Graham Johnson, Head of Sales, was appointed as a partner of the firm. Also appointed to the Partnership at this time was Robbie Longstaff, which marks the seventh generation of the family to practice as auctioneers in Lincolnshire.
In May 2010, Longstaff acquired the residential lettings and management business of Lyalls Lettings which has been merged with the company's existing Bourne office.
The professionalism and experience gained over 242 years will be central to the service that Longstaffs offer in the future; combined with this will be the latest technology, very prominent office locations and highly trained staff committed to the highest levels of client service.