SHP Celebrates 150 Years


..SHP VALUERS  Land Agents, Chartered Surveyors and Country Property Agency specialists celebrate 150 years in 2010 providing professional rural land & property services throughout the North West of England

Norman Duckworth, pictured inset, has been with the firm for over 60 years, former senior partner and now consultant recalls the founder Joseph Smith set up a property agency practice in Chorley, Lancashire in 1860 and was later joined by Peter Hodgkinson trading as Smith & Hodgkinson. Norman further recalls that Peter Hodgkinson also became Mayor of Chorley during his professional career with the firm. A later succession ol Smiths including Walter Smith Snr & Walter Smith Jnr took the helm, with Walter Smith Jnr drafted into the Royal Navy at the start of World War II and rejoining the firm following the War after his last post Lef tenant Commander of HMS Pitcairn. Norman Duckworth joined Smith & Hodgkinson as Article Clerk in January 1946. Walter Smith Jnr ded in 1966 at which time Norman became senior partner until 1995 when he retired as a partner. together with serving as a JP for 18 years.

In the early 1990s the practice bought out a traditional managing land agency practice, Wilson Peat Brewerton, managing rural estates predominantly in Lancashire and continue estate management duties to date on behalf of private landowners and charitable trusts. SHP VALUERS continues to offers full range of professional rural practice services to all land & property sectors. Foilowing incorporation of the rural practice in 2003. Adam Pickervance director. hailing from a farming background and rural prractice chartered surveyor continues to advance the practice whilst maintaining the core business services which have stood the practice in good stead for the last 150 years, Now aged 79, Norman is still an employed consultant and very much actively involved in the auctioneering side of the practice, predominantly handling on-farm agricultural dispersal sales for retiring farmers or farm business rduction and/or reorganisations

Our bespoke country property agency provides specialist advice and marketing from chartered surveyors at the competitive rates of high street estate agents and we are pleased to have been associated with Lancashire Life for many years advertising exclusive rural equestrian and country property and farms.

For all specialist professional rural land & proporty services and auction dispersal sales

Contact SHP VALUERS:  Tel 01772 55540         Fax: 01772 885333          Email


We are proud of our knowledge and experience in all sectors of land and property valuation, law, management, compensation and marketing services, whether for private or corporate clients.

We celebrated 150 years in 2010, our expertise and knowledge goes from strength to strength.


  • Land Agents & Chartered Surveyors
  • Expert Witness reports
  • Valuations of Property & Land for all purposes
  • Property & Land bespoke Sales Agency
  • Farm & Estate Management
  • Compulsory Purchase &
    Utility Compensation Claims
  • Landlord & Tenant Matters
  • Auction Dispersal Sale experts
  • Property Professionals