Established in 1825, Cheffins has a rich history of mergers, acquisitions and amalgamations spanning almost 200 years. Today, the firm still retains the core values of a family business but has evolved to become a modern and dynamic partnership with offices strategically located throughout East Anglia.
Since its inception, Directors of each generation have guided the firm through a succession of agricultural depressions and economic recessions and, more recently, the tumult thrown up by the Brexit negotiations. Over the years a number of departments were borne out of a need to replace lost income from other areas of the business which were suffering in the face of adverse trading conditions. The result today is a firm with a solid financial foundation and a reputation for excellence and experience across all of the sectors within which it operates.
A chronology of Cheffins
Auctioneers R D Thurgood (later to become B T Thurgood & Sons) of Saffron Walden established (acquired in 1903 by Henry Joshua Cheffins).
Henry Joshua Cheffins born.
Auctioneers WM Rand established in Saffron Walden (acquired in 1875 by Henry Joshua Cheffins).
Wm Rand sets up Saffron Walden's new cattle market.
Auctioneers Chas Wisbey set up in Cambridge.
Geo Comins sets up in Ely.
Catling & Mann opens in Cambridge.
Henry Joshua Cheffins acquires WM Rand of Saffron Walden. Grain & Long sets up in Cambridge.
Henry Cheffins leases 7 Hill Street, Saffron Walden as his family home and adjoining office.
H P & T Chalk sets up in Cambridge.
John Moyes opens in Cambridge.
New Cambridge cattle market opens on present site of Cheffins head office. H Philip & Thos Chalk and Grain & Long licensed to operate in the new market. By 1967 both firms absorbed into future Cheffins.
Henry Cheffins acquires Benjamin T Thurgood of Saffron Walden – the original firm in the Cheffins family tree.
A T Grain & Sons created from Grain, Moyes & Wisbey.
Henry Joshua Cheffins dies.
Grain & Chalk formed by amalgamation of A T Grain & Sons and H P & T Chalk.
In July the first Cambridge Machinery Sale held in Cambridge Market by Grain & Chalk
Cheffins, Grain & Chalk created from Grain & Chalk and Cheffins amalgamation.
Cheffins Vintage farm machinery sales launched.
Cheffins Fine Art department launched in purpose-built saleroom on Cherry Hinton Road.
Comins of Ely merges with Cheffins, Grain & Chalk to create Cheffins, Grain & Comins.
Sutton (Ely) Machinery sale ground opens.
Firm renamed as Cheffins.
Cheffins moves into newly built Clifton House head office.
Catlings merges with Cheffins.
Derek Catlin Property Management acquired by Cheffins.
Cheffins acquires Dodson Jones.
Cheffins Cambridge office undergoes major internal works to create a collaborative, open plan working environment.
Cheffins undergoes a major rebrand
In March 2020 the Government announces a major lockdown. All Cheffins Directors and employees work from home for the extended period of the pandemic.
Cheffins acquires PlanSurv Ltd, an independent planning firm based in Ely.