Clive Emson marches into spring

Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers raised more than £16 million from 134 lots catalogued for the March auction.

Britain’s largest independent regional land and property auctioneer achieved a sale rate in excess of 70 per cent.

The auction – the second one of eight sales in 2019 – took place across five days in five venues from March 18-22.

Britain’s largest independent regional land and property auction house is also celebrating its 30th anniversary year with a new fixed date, online only auction – this month ending on March 28.

Managing Director James Emson said: “We continue to innovate to provide absolutely the best service to vendors and purchasers – the new online only auction is very much part of our present and future.

“Our new service complements this, offering a new dimension to our business and extending the options available to both our clients and customers. In today’s fast-moving, technological age it is imperative to keep ahead of the curve.

“Running alongside our ballroom auctions we will continue to offer the best possible land and property deals across the South Coast and further afield– with our experienced team of auction experts ensuring that sensible guide prices lead to successful sales.”

Full details of the online auction can be found at

Highlights of the March auction included:

  • A substantial, detached pub with potential – the Shipwrights Arms (pictured) in Chatham, was sold for £315,000.
  • Semi-detached Torquay town centre offices in a character building and with residential conversion potential, placed for auction by Torbay Council, sold for £148,000.
  • A two-bedroom detached bungalow in need of improvement but near picturesque walks and views in the coastal village of Point Clear Bay, near Clacton, went under the gavel for £58,000.
  • Nearly 30 acres of woodland at Milldown Wood near Rye, East Sussex – potentially suitable for recreational activities – went for £185,000 after competitive bidding.
  • Two Bedhampton, Hampshire sites with planning permission for homes were sold prior to auction for close to the guide prices of £430, 000 to £460,000 (four semis) and £90,000 to £100,000 (one bungalow).

Clive Emson holds a regional auction at five locations every six weeks. The second sale of 2019, starting at 11am, is at the following venues:

Essex & North and East London – Monday, April 29 at the Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford.

Kent & SE London – Tuesday, April 30 at the Clive Emson Conference Centre, Detling, Maidstone, Kent.

Sussex & Surrey – Wednesday, May 1 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton.

West Country – Thursday, May 2, at the St Mellion International Resort, Saltash.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight – Friday, May 3, at the Solent Hotel at Whiteley, near Fareham.

Online Auction – Thursday, May 9,


Clive Emson Auctioneers has 50 staff and is a property and land auctioneer to estate agents, commercial property agents, statutory bodies and private clients. It was established by namesake founder and Chairman Clive Emson in 1989, and holds eight auctions a year across five venues.

The firm’s reach is across southern England, from Kent to Cornwall and now Essex and North and East London too with a new office in Chelmsford and it is one of the top four auctioneers in the UK by way of value and volume of residential sales.

Lots regularly generate newsworthy stories, from nuclear bunkers and sea forts to churches, clubs, pubs, former public toilets and historic properties, as well as the more usual homes under the hammer and which are often of keen interest to local residents. A number of newspapers utilise the news releases to run as ‘What’s Happening Here?’ columns.

Website: Tel: 0345 8500333.


News release issued by:
Cliff Moore, Account Director
Deep South Media

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