Carter Jonas
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Our History

History is important to us: our collective reputation has been forged across three centuries and, combined with today’s dynamic profile, makes Carter Jonas the market leader it is now.

Our roots go back to 1759, when Thomas Davis established himself as a valuer and auctioneer in Newbury. Following several mergers, during which it became Dreweatts, the firm joined with Neates (founded in Hungerford in 1876) in 1987 to form Dreweatt Neate. In 2007, Dreweatt Neate merged with Sutton Griffin Architects, based at Welford, near Newbury and on 1 May 2009 Dreweatt Neate merged with Carter Jonas.

Carter Jonas was founded in 1855, when John Carter Jonas set himself up as an auctioneer in Cambridge. The firm’s estate-management business started when the future Marquess of Lincolnshire appointed John Carter Jonas to run his family estates in Buckinghamshire, and Carter Jonas’s extensive association with Oxbridge colleges was expanded when the firm took over Castle, Field & Castle in Oxford in 1924.

The firm strengthened its estate-management business during the war years, when it managed many estates whose staff were serving in the armed forces. Carter Jonas remained a family firm until 1965, when the Partnership was enlarged to include senior members of staff. By 2009 there were 20 offices, notably strengthened by the acquisition of three Egertons offices in London in 2002.

This background gives us a distinguished base on which to build for the future. The merger of Carter Jonas and Dreweatt Neate created a national network of 31 offices and opened an exciting new chapter in the histories of the two firms.


2015 - Acquisition of Cambridge-based general practice, January’s
          Acquisition of Cambridge-based residential property agency, Bradshaws

2014 - Acquisition of planning consultancy, Planning Perspectives
          Acquisition of independent residential property agency, Boilaeus
          Acquisition of investment specialist, Whittingham Prosser

2013 - Acquisition of independent residential property agency Sullivan Thomas

2009 - Merger with Drewatt Neate LLP

2007 - Merged with Commercial team from Thomas Merryfield, Oxford

2006 - Merged with Cavanagh Smith & Co, Holland Park, London

2005 - Merged with Coulson Edwards, Long Melford and MCL Property Consultant, Northampton

2003 - Becomes a Limited Liability Partnership

2002 - Merged with Egerton, London – Mayfair, Marylebone and Chelsea

1997 - Merged with part of John German

1996 - Merged with Cluttons North

1987 - Merged with Byron & Granger, York

1981 - Merged with Yates & Co, Bridgnorth and Shifnall

1976 - Merged with Mssrs. Wright & Ward, Ipswich

1924 - Merged with Castle Field & Castle, Oxford

1909 - First London office opened at Sergeant’s Inn

1855 - John Carter founds firm – opening an office in Cambridge

We now have have over 700 Carter Jonas people working from 36 offices strategically placed across the UK, with our corporate head office in Chapel Place, Oxford Street, London.