Based in Abigail’s office, Biggles meets and greet clients in reception with a waggy tail. He is also to be found wandering around salerooms looking for doggy treats and has been known to “liberate” the odd sandwich out of a bag.

However, his main role is to feature in our auction catalogues. He has a loyal following of people who “Biggle-Spot” in the catalogues – if you would like a catalogue please contact Barbara “Bubbles” Benney our receptionist.

November 10, 2014
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Joyce Dibble

Saleroom Assistant & Catering

Joyce helps with viewing of lots and generally assists in the salerooms. If you visit us on an auction day you may wish to sample her excellent catering, including tea and coffee, a selection of sandwiches, bacon rolls and far too many delicious homemade cakes to be strictly necessary!

November 10, 2014
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Dan Peacock, David Sims, Rupert Heale, Joe Ferdinand and Johnny Villis

Saleroom Porters and Van Staff

 Charterhouse Boy Band

The Charterhouse Crew of David Sims, Dan Peacock, Rupert Heale, Joe Ferdinand and Johnny Villis are the Charterhouse lifting and shifting crew.

With decades of experience between them they know how to handle a Regency secretaire bookcase or pack a fragile suite of Venetian glass. The van offers a collection service from a single item through to a complete house clearance.

They are very obliging and happy to help, especially if a mug of tea is on offer!

November 10, 2014
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Barbara “Bubbles” Benney


Barbara is in charge of our busy reception, and is your first point of contact, whether you telephone us or call in. Barbara is also in charge of sending our emailed condition reports and image requests prior to each sale. Skilled at customer relations, she will be delighted to help with your enquiries!

November 10, 2014
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xDoulton and Beswick

Some of our auction successes

We have built up an enviable reputation for conducting specialist auctions of Beswick and Royal Doulton. This department is run by Naomi Grabham, Associate Director. Naomi comes from a farming background and her Mother and her Grandmother have been keen collectors of Beswick and Royal Doulton animals and figures for decades, so it is not entirely unsurprising that Naomi has followed in their footsteps.

As an expert, Naomi takes great pride and pleasure in identifying not only the names of the pieces she values, but also their shape numbers and numerous colour ways. Over the past few years, Naomi has been an active member of The Beswick Collectors Club and regularly attends regional meeting with other enthusiasts. This has resulted in her building up a valuable database of specialist dealers and collectors, along with Charterhouse being instructed to sell collections for clients from Staffordshire down to Devon.


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All of our auctions use live internet bidding platforms to ensure that every lot, whether it is worth £20 or £500,000, reaches the widest possible market and sells for the best price possible. In the run up to an auction we can receive over 1,000 emails requesting further information to lots in the sale. Attached to these email replies, we regularly send out over 5,000 digital images, such is the interest generated in our auctions.


Naomi Grabham, Associate Director

For further information about Beswick and Doulton or Royal Doulton at Charterhouse, please contact Naomi Grabham.  Naomi likes all things antique, but started her career because she fell in love with Beswick.

October 22, 2015
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Nicola Holmes

PA to Matthew Whitney

Image116aNicky is PA to Matthew in the classic car and motorcycle department. Based in-house she deals with enquiries and arranges Matthew’s busy diary of appointments throughout the West Country, Wales, the Midlands, London and Home Counties. A keen car enthusiast, she can often be seen whizzing around the Dorset roads in her bright red Mini convertible.
When not at work, she is undertaking the restoration of her home which she hopes to move into one day!

November 11, 2014
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Justine Jackson

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Justine arranges home visits for Richard when clients want to have their items valued, or for formal valuations such as Inheritance Tax, Insurance or Matrimonial Dispute. Having previously worked for Woolley and Wallis,  she also looks after the van diary, arranging client collections and house clearances.

Justine has been brought up with antiques, is a keen gym member and surfer, and is often seen out and about on her husband’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle at the weekends.

October 19, 2016
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George Clothier

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George is assisting Abigail in running and developing the digital side of the business.

He is responsible for the company Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other digital platforms. Using Infusionsoft email software he updates collectors, dealers and museums with what we are selling and when.

He also produces the Charterhouse Magazine in digital form and looks after our YouTube account, where you can see Richard walking round each antique auction and talking about his favourite lots, or watch Matthew at each car auction discussing what cars are included and what makes them special. 

A keen motorcyclist he prefers two wheels to four.

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October 19, 2016
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Alex Vincent

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Alex deals with all buyer payments.  He manages our busy office, and will be happy to deal with any queries you have.  He sends out invoices, and approves clients for online bidding.

He has a particular interest in the the weird and wonderful items we sell, such as a 5ft stuffed crocodile he bought in one of our sporting auctions.

November 10, 2014
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