Fonds BR 263 - Charles Hawkins and Sons of King's Lynn and Downham Market, Chartered Surveyors, Auctioneers, Valuers and Land Agents

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BR 263

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Charles Hawkins and Sons of King's Lynn and Downham Market, Chartered Surveyors, Auctioneers, Valuers and Land Agents

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  • 1910-1980 (Creation)

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38 pieces

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(1869-?)

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Charles Hawkins, land agent for the Pratts at Ryston, first established an estate agency in Downham Market in 1869. By 1875 he had merged his business with that of and old-established King's Lynn estate agent, Robinson Cruso (Cruso and Son), the new firm, Cruso and Hawkins having offices in both Downham Market and King's Lynn. In 1883 Hawkins struck out on his own again and established his estate agency at premises in the Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn. He also retained the office in his home town of Downham Market. By 1904 his son, Launcelot Goulder Hawkins, had joined the office at Downham Market and by 1908 the business was known as Charles Hawkins and Sons. Charles himself died soon afterwards but his sons and in particular Launcelot continued the business. Launcelot became (like his father before him) a local magistrate and also continued to operate as land agent to individual estates. In 1922 the firm were land agents for the estates at Oxborough, Caldecote, Boughton, Hockwold, Feltwell, Bagthorpe, Fincham and Stradsett. \r\nThe firm continued to operate in both Downham Market and at the Bank Chambers, Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn throughout the 20th century until it was purchased by the owners of the Black Horse Agencies (who nevertheless retained the name Charles of Hawkins).

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 16 January 1997 (MS 34240 numbered BR 263/1-10), 17 July and 14 August 1997 (ACC 1997/69 and 84 numbered BR 263/11-37), 7 March 2001 (ACC 2000/299 numbered BR 263/38), 27 June 2005 (ACC 2005/81 numbered BR 263/39). List amended on 12 March 2001 (JR); August 2019 (IRP/CC).

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Charles Hawkins, land agent for the Pratts at Ryston, first established an estate agency in Downham Market in 1869. By 1875 he had merged his business with that of and old-established King's Lynn estate agent, Robinson Cruso (Cruso and Son), the new firm, Cruso and Hawkins having offices in both Downham Market and King's Lynn. In 1883 Hawkins struck out on his own again and established his estate agency at premises in the Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn. He also retained the office in his home town of Downham Market. By 1904 his son, Launcelot Goulder Hawkins, had joined the office at Downham Market and by 1908 the business was known as Charles Hawkins and Sons. Charles himself died soon afterwards but his sons and in particular Launcelot continued the business. Launcelot became (like his father before him) a local magistrate and also continued to operate as land agent to individual estates. In 1922 the firm were land agents for the estates at Oxborough, Caldecote, Boughton, Hockwold, Feltwell, Bagthorpe, Fincham and Stradsett.

The firm continued to operate in both Downham Market and at the Bank Chambers, Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn throughout the 20th century until it was purchased by the owners of the Black Horse Agencies (who nevertheless retained the name of Charles Hawkins).

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8132ad10-ae61-4394-ac46-cc13a1b22b8a

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Created 12/03/2001 by Drojr. Modified 05/08/2019 by Catherine.Collins.

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