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Fenn Wright celebrates 250 years in business

Essex and Suffolk based estate agents and chartered surveyors, Fenn Wright is celebrating a major milestone of 250 years in business.

As one of the longest established firms in the county, Fenn Wright started out in the late 1700s, evolving over time into the successful firm we know today. Key to the company’s rich history was John Fenn who was the fifth in succession from a family of land and estate agents, and was responsible for inviting George T Wright to join in partnership after the First World War. It was at this point that the name Fenn Wright emerged.

The company has had a presence on 1 Buttermarket, Ipswich, since the late 1700s and on Colchester’s High Street since 1874. Today, Fenn Wright has eight residential branches across the region and a much bigger commercial arm through the recent acquisitions of Taylor & Co and Newman Commercial.

Fenn Wright’s extraordinary history features a number of incredible tales and artefacts from bygone times. Among the stories told, during World War II, Fenn Wright employees played their part by manning anti-aircraft guns at a time when doodlebugs were being sent across our skies towards London.  Afterwards they would head back to their office and resume business as usual.  

Alan Williams, Managing Partner, said: “Not many businesses have such an extraordinary and interesting history. At Fenn Wright, we recognise that our success is a reflection of our consistent focus on client care and excellent customer service. Our reputation for being a business that people can trust is something that we intend to maintain for the next 250 years!

“While we are proud of the rich history that has formed today’s Fenn Wright, we are equally driven to ensure the business remains as relevant and up-to-date as it ever was. That is why we are expanding both the residential and, more recently, the commercial parts of our business.”

Sue Wilcock