Richard Bromell ASFAV

Image190_570x768Director – Auctioneer and Valuer

Richard has over 30 years of experience within the auction world. He originally started work in The Long Street Salerooms when it was owned by Phillips. Since then, he has worked for numerous firms of auctioneers from Bearne’s in Torquay up to Tennants in Yorkshire.

If you call the office to arrange a free home visit, then it will probably be Richard who will see you at your property.

Since the 1990’s, Richard has been involved in numerous antiques television programmes including Going for a Song (with both Michael Parkinson & Anne Robinson), Going, Going, Gone, Antiques Treasure Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog It!

In 2003 and 2004, Richard was nominated as one of the top four auctioneers in the country at The British Antique & Collectors Awards (BACA). This was the first time an auctioneer has been nominated for two consecutive years.

What do you love about running Charterhouse? “The huge variety of items I see every day, from silver to medals. Every day is like Christmas, you never know what you are going to see!”

November 10, 2014
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Abigail Bromell BA (Hons.)


Abigail Bromell is based in house and deals with vendor payments, accounts, auction accounts, staffing, the web site, customer enquiries, strategy and finance.

Growing up in a house full of antiques, with self-employed parents and grandparents, with 28 years business experience following her business studies degree, she has worked for the likes of Glaxo to the Ministry of Agriculture, and will be happy to help with any issues that you wish to raise.

What do you love about running Charterhouse? “I love what we sell – every month is interesting. And I love offering good customer service – I particularly like selling things for more than the owner thinks they are worth, and presenting them with a sometimes life-changing amount of money. Very satisfying!”

November 10, 2014
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Matthew Whitney ASFAV


Image104Associate Director – Auctioneer and Valuer

Matthew heads up our Classic & Vintage Car and Motorcycle Department.

Over the decades Matthew has probably owned more classic cars and motorcycles than is entirely reasonable. A self-confessed petrol head he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of anything relating to classic cars and motorcycles.

He travels the length and breadth of the UK advising clients on their classic vehicles and automobilia. With 5 classic & vintage car auctions and 3 classic & vintage motorcycle auctions each year Matthew has little time to drive his vintage Austin 7 Competition Special or ride his Fantic trial motorcycle.

Please contact Matthew at the salerooms if you would like more information on entering lots for any of these events.

November 10, 2014
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Naomi Grabham BA (Hons.)

NaomiAssociate Director and Valuer

Naomi completed her degree in Fine Arts Valuation in Southampton with an impressive 2:1 in 2006, but originally starting work at Charterhouse whilst still at school in 2001.

Her family have been keen collectors of Beswick and Royal Doulton which has rubbed off onto Naomi. An active member of The Beswick Collectors Club, she has sold many Beswick and Doulton collections over the years for clients in Cornwall up to Staffordshire in her specialist auctions, with a staggering £6,800 paid for a rare Beswick iron grey horse which set a world record price.

As a general valuer, if you come to Charterhouse, you will often be seen by Naomi who will be delighted to help you with your ceramics, glass and miscellanea. 

November 10, 2014
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George Holtby BSc (Hons.)

George Holtby[3]Auctioneer and Valuer

Coming from a Yorkshire farming family and having studied agriculture at Newcastle University, George has followed his heart into auctioneering.

He has previously worked for Christies in London and Anderson & Garland in Newcastle.

A general valuer, who advises clients in reception, he is also a keen sportsman and runs our ever popular hunting, shooting & fishing auctions.

In his spare time George is restoring his 1969 Triumph Spitfire, but confesses it might take him a decade!

What do you love about working at Charterhouse? Living and working in Sherborne is a lot of fun, and there is a lot to be said for a 30 second commute round the corner from Cheap St. to Long St. Charterhouse has given me a very high level of exposure to the industry, and the opportunity to get involved in all parts of valuing and auctioneering. The diversity of areas that we operate in keeps things exciting, and means you’re always learning, and meeting different people.

October 19, 2016
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David T. Baines FBII

Wine consultant

David has been involved in the wine and food industry for many years and is a Fellow of the British Institute of Innkeeping. During his time in this industry, he has worked for large hotels and restaurants through to setting up his own wine import and export business which has been an outright winner of a national competition to find the most knowledgeable independent wine retail company. His primary role is to help and advise clients throughout the West Country on their wines, spirits and port. This will be conducted on the telephone, via email and also at our regular free valuation days which we hold at our salerooms.

November 10, 2014
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John Weallans BA (Hons.)

jw18Consultant Valuer

John was a successful graphic designer until the calling of antiques took hold of him.

Like Naomi Grabham, John completed a degree in Fine Arts Valuation at Southampton. Now living near Bath, John advises clients on their antiques and collector’s items and can be regularly seen on Flog It! or driving around in his distinctive red Land Rover Defender.

October 19, 2016
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Chris Bright

image1North of England specialist consultant advising clients on classic & vintage cars and motorcycles along with collections of automobilia.

He previously worked at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn as their classic motoring specialist where one of his favourite finds was a 1960 VW Split Screen 23 window samba rusting away in a Dales garage which he sold successfully for £23,000. Another self-confessed petrol head he (and Laura his fiancé) currently enjoy running an early MGB GT. Other car ownership includes numerous Porsche’s, 80’s Renault turbo’s, BMW motorsport models and numerous motorcycles. Based near Harrogate, Chris is available to advise clients looking to enter vehicles and can easily arrange delivery to our auctions. Chris can be contacted on 07900 908769

November 20, 2017
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Beverly Garrett

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Bev 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. Bev also looks after the van diary, arranging client collections and house clearances.


October 19, 2016
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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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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, David Newton and Johnny Villis

Saleroom Porters and Van Staff


The Charterhouse Crew of David Sims, Dan Peacock, Rupert Heale, David Newton (Newt) 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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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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