A History Of Curchods
Curchods have been in business for over 75 years. We remain a privately owned independent firm that has expanded over the years from 1 office in 1938, to 21 offices together with several specialist departments as we stand today and experts in the sale and letting of residential property.
The business was founded by Peter Curchod, as an independent Chartered Surveying practice in 1938, in the Grade II listed former Dower House in Church Street, Weybridge. This fine Grade II listed building continues to operate as Curchods Weybridge residential Sales and Lettings office today. The second office opened in the nearby Surrey village of Ottershaw in the mid 1980's expanding into residential sales and lettings markets.
After many successful years Curchod & Co - which continues to this day as a totally separate and unconnected company providing Surveying and Commercial property services - sold their residential sales business to John Slatter and Andrew Dewar – two trusted private individuals who shared similar high professional values and passion for the property business.
In May 1990 John and Andrew, both of whom had exemplary reputations and experience within the industry, rebranded the residential sales business “Curchods” and together became Joint Senior Partners of the new company.
Despite the early 1990's being be the worst housing market recession since the 1930's, the dedication to providing an excellent service by experienced estate agents, proved to be a winning formula. The business took off, quickly and methodically expanding to 12 sales offices along with Land & New Homes and Financial Services divisions. In 1998 the partners purchased Barton & Wyatt in Teddington and after keeping the respected name for a few years rebranded it as Curchods to become part of the Curchods network. Shortly afterwards, the Shepperton practice of Wyatt & Sons (no relation to the former Teddington business) was purchased, bringing the total number of offices to 13. We later added a Head Office housing our Land & New Homes Department and a Mortgage Services office.
In 2007 Curchods expansion continued with the acquisition of the most highly respected business of Burns & Webber: With offices in Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Guildford, this brought us to the total of 19 branches. Burns & Webber enjoy an excellent reputation in the towns and villages in which they operate and whilst retaining their original identity, they are incorporated into the Curchods network, receiving the same training and monitoring from the Joint Senior Partners.
2012 unveiled a substantial refurbishment programme throughout our entire Surrey and Middlesex network, providing a refined identity to our branding, reflecting the contemporary and forward thinking approach of both Partners and staff.
In May 2014, we bought Lords Estate Agents and rebranded the offices in Ham and Kingston-upon-Thames under the Curchods name, completing coverage of the geographical areas between the existing offices at New Malden, Teddington and Esher, bringing the total number of offices to 21. The purchase of Lords Estate Agents also expanded our range of services into Residential Lettings. Following this acquisition, we took over an established independent lettings business based out of Weybridge in June 2014 and developed it into the market leading lettings agency in the area. Our Walton Lettings office opened in February 2014, since then our Lettings Division has gone from strength to strength opening new branches in both Walton on Thames and Guildford Burns & Webber.
In May 2016, Curchods appointed Michael Ansell as Group Managing Director. Michael has over 30 years estate agency experience, 29 of which were spent at Countywide - he was Countrywide’s youngest subsidiary Managing Director ever appointed and most recently worked as Countrywide’s London South divisional director. We decided it was time to bring in someone of Michael's age and experience for the future operation and growth of the company.
We often hear that the descendants of Peter Curchod say how proud he would be of the business if he were alive today – we hope he would have been, as we are told that he shared the same high standards and principles that we use in daily life and encourage our staff to
Curchods Ottershaw Office