About Us


Richardsons, Bourne Auction Rooms, formerly part of Lyall & Co., are based at the home of the former Formula One Motor Racing World Champions BRM.


Formerly the house of BRM (British Racing Motors) the F1 World Championship Winning Motor Racing Team, the premises were converted into Bourne Auction Rooms, the reinvented premises being opened by Lady Jane Willoughby d'Eresby, daughter of the late Lord Ancaster, of Grimsthorpe Castle in November 1984.


The premises comprises 5000 square feet of Salerooms with ancillary offices, Saleroom 3 another 1000 square feet with additional storage adjoining.  There is car parking for 60 vehicles on site and good access for loading/unloading.


Chris Richardson, a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has been at the helm for the last 25 years, supported by an experienced staff who have been in charge for many years.


Over those years an average of 50,000 lots a year have been sold; a total in excess of one and a quarter million lots.


The range of ground covered includes both Chattels and Commercial Asset Management.



Sold For 5,400


The Sales




The annual framework of sales includes (a) Fortnightly Sales of around 1200 Lots of Antiques and Modern Furniture and Effects; largely domestic contents., (b) Monthly Collective Sales of Antiques and Collectables., (c) Periodical  Special Antique Sales and (d) Specialist Sales as demand arises, for example if a Collection of a Category is to be sold.  A regular sale of  Books, Stamps, Post & Cigarette Cards is held bi-monthly.


Antique & Modern Sales; the whole range of goods and chattels is covered including:- 

House & Garden Contents viz Garden Statues & Planters, Garden Furniture, Garden Tools, Lawnmowers, Bicycles, Tools & Equipment, Three Piece Suites, Display Cabinets, Lounge Units, Dining  Suites, Bedroom Furniture, TV/Video Units, Bookcases, Dressers, Chairs, Electrical Goods, China/Glassware, Pictures & Prints, Mirrors, Etc.


Antiques & Bygones incl The whole range of Antiques and Collectors Items including :- Kitchenalia, Railwayana, China, Porcelain & Glass incl Doulton, Worcester, Staffordshire, Etc., Silver & Plate, Jewellery, Coins, Brass & Copper, Bijouterie, Art, Furniture incl Mahogany, Oak, Pine, Etc.


We act for private individuals as well as receiving instructions from the majority of Solicitors in the region.




Regular Collective Sales of Commercial Assets are held at Bourne.  In addition we act for liquidators covering the region including BDO Stoy Hayward., Bulley Davey & Co., Elwell Watchorn & Saxton., Grant Thornton., Ernst & Young., and many others as well as acting for H M Inland Revenue, Collector of  Taxes., H M Customs & Excise., and various courts.  From this, Sales on Site by Auction or Tender are arranged as required.




Equipment, Commercial Vehicles, Plant and Machinery of all types, Shop and Office Furniture and  Machinery,  Metal Working/ Engineering Machines and Commercial Stock, Warehouse Equipment, DNA Analysis Genomic Research Laboratory Equipment, Manufacturing Plant in all fields.


We have over the last few years offered a wide range of assets from a Road Train to a Sinclair C5, from a Rolls Royce to a Formula 3 Motor Racing Team, from Packaging Companies to Franking Machines, DNA & Genomic Laboratory to Hospital Operating Theatre, Printing Presses to Baby Shops, Furniture Factories to their  products, Double Glazed Window Manufacturers to Galvanising Plant.


Sales are held by Auction, Tender or Private Treaty and advice on methodology is freely available.




We have acted for several years for many clients including the following:-




Andrews Stanton & Ringrose, Bourne

Buckle Mellows, Peterborough

Calthrops, Spalding

Chattertons, Boston & Donnington

Daltons, Stamford

Double & Megson, Bourne & Market Deeping

Frearsons, Skegness

Godsons Solicitors, Sleaford

Greenwoods Solicitors, Peterborough

S Hannah, Peterborough

Hegarty & Co., Stamford & Peterborough

Hunt & Coombs, Peterborough

Kelham & Sons, Stamford

Ringrose & Co., Sleaford

Roythorne & Co., Spalding



Accountants & Liquidators

BDO Stoy Hayward, Old Fletton, Peterborough

Bulley Davey, Peterborough

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton

Ernst & Young (regional)

Grant Thornton (regional)

Peters Elworthy & Moore, Cambridge

Stephen M Rout & Co., Cambridge




Grantham County Court

Northampton County Court

Peterborough & Huntingdon County Court

Sheriff of Lincolnshire

Sheriff of Nottinghamshire



Estate Agents;

Bairstow Eves (regional offices)

William H Brown, Grantham

Carter Jonas, Peterborough

John Castley & Co., Langtoft

Connells, Bourne & Market Deeping

Dickens Watts & Dade, Peterborough

Escritt & Barrell, Sleaford

Jolliffe, Peterborough

King West, Stamford

Knight Goodwin, Stamford

Morriss & Mennie, Spalding

Property Scene, Bourne

Sellers, Peterborough

Sharman Burgess, Boston



Local Authorities;

H M Customs & Excise

H M Collector of Taxes - Inland Revenue

Lincs County Council

Lincolnshire Police

Peterborough City Council

South Kesteven District Council




A P V Baker

Anglian Water

Barclays Bank

British Sugar

Budget Insurance

East of England Agricultural Society


Natwest Bank

Norwich & Peterborough Building Society

Pearl Assurance

Perkins Diesels

Thomas Cook

Woolwich Building Society

Etc.  (too many others to mention)