About Us

Richardson and Smith have been established in the Whitby area for over 130 years, founded by Charles Smith in 1887, and descendants of the founder remain within the partnership.

He was succeeded by his grandson, Also Charles Smith who later combined with another local auctioneer, Alan Richardson, to form Richardson and Smith. Although Mr Richardson left the business many years ago, the name has remained and descendants of the founder are still partners in the business.

We are a traditional firm of Auctioneers, Estate Agents and Valuers covering professional advice in all aspects of urban and rural property, live and deadstocks. We run weekly livestock sales from our market at Ruswarp. The business runs from our town centre offices.

The Partners

Robert Smith

Robert has nearly 30 years of experience in antiques and livestock marketing. He is a versatile auctioneer with specialist knowledge of the sheep trade and specialist experience in antiques and fine art.

Ian Halley FRICS

An experienced senior chartered surveyor, Ian has worked in property since leaving university almost 30 years ago. Born and bred locally he has lots of experience in a variety of rural property matters and deals with all aspect of agricultural property. He is also a regular auctioneer at our livestock and antiques auctions. Ianís father, Ken Halley was also a partner in the firm until recently.

James Smith MRICS FNAEA

A qualified chartered surveyor for over 19 years as well as a member of the National Association of Estate Agents, James has worked in property since leaving university over 25 years ago. Born and bred locally he has lots of experience in property matters and deals with all aspect of residential and agricultural property, plus some aspects of commercial property. James is a cousin of Robert Smith.