About Us

Thimbleby & Shorland, the Reading Auctioneers, Valuers, Land & Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors were founded in 1901.


Specialising for many years in livestock, horses and agricultural auctions and land agency, the firm has diversified over the years and among other things, is now the leading international specialist in the sale and valuation of horse-drawn carriages and related items, hosting the world famous Reading Carriage Sales.

Thimbleby & Shorland also conduct large auctions of Contractors Plant and Equipment in Reading and elsewhere on behalf of clients such as Hewden Plant Hire, these sales also having an international following.

The two annual sales of Shetland ponies are the largest in the country with many of the ponies being exported to Europe. The regular sales of heavy horses, farm implements and horse brasses attract a loyal following from an international clientele also.

On a regular basis, there are monthly auctions of horses, ponies and saddlery, antique and household furniture, office equipment and computers. There is an annual sale of ground maintenance equipment and a growing number of auctions of vintage & commercial vehicles, motor cars, bygones and memorabilia.

Alongside the busy auction side of the business, there is a flourishing land agency department dealing with issues such as quota, compulsory purchase and landlord & tenancy agreements. Thimbleby & Shorland have acted as agents in the valuation and sales of all types of assets for national and local Liquidators and Receivers for over 25 years and are agents for the Official receiver in Reading and other local offices.

For professional advice, valuations or information on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us here in Reading.

Ever thought of holding a sale on your own premises? Dispersal and reduction sales undertaken on vendors own premises in any part of the country.