Bramleys continue to remain an independent business operated by local people, for local people, and employing local people. Bramleys have survived a major fire, ridden the rollercoaster of market booms followed by recessions and still to this day remain an agile business with its key strength being the knowledge and dedication of key staff supplemented by the zest of the next generation.
The company ethos is a commitment to excellence, always offering a professional and unbiased service, along with a personalised experience. The success of the company lies in the calibre of the staff, from the partners through to the negotiators, who strive to excel in every aspect of their role. This is echoed in the brand values, which have stayed the same since the birth of the company in 1958: a professional, friendly and high-quality service provided by experienced and knowledgeable staff who always act with integrity for a company that has customer focus at the heart of the business.
Bramleys was founded by John Bramley who was a Chartered Surveyor and Auctioneer, formerly working for Armitage, Hewitt and Helliwell.
In this period, the market was mainly made up of property management portfolios with few people owning their own home.
Bramleys held regular sale room auctions in the Huddersfield town centre in this time whilst we began expanding our estate agency services.
Peter Butler joined Bramleys to reinforce the professional surveying and valuation services we offered and went into Partnership with John.
Our showroom opened in Huddersfield to support the expansion of property management and estate agency.
Joe Bramley joined the Partnership. We began offering more services such as mortgages and applying more emphasis on Estate Agency.
Andrew Moorhouse joined Bramleys from Eddisons as a valuer and auctioneer.
John Bramley retires from the company. Up to this point, Bramleys was one of three independent estate agents/surveyors in Huddersfield.
In the 1980’s, changes in the financial act allowed banks to offer more mortgage products as well as banks opening as estate agents.
Here, entered corporate agents to the market.
Alex McNeil joined Bramleys as an Estate Agent and valuer.
A fire started in adjacent hairdressing unit next to Bramleys due to an electrical fault with a shower.
It set fire to the timber lining of an old lift shaft and swept through the building, affecting the firm of solicitors located on the top two floors.
The staff had to vacate for a period of 18 months whilst refurbishment works were undertaken.
Andrew Moorhouse joined the partnership whilst Joe Bramley exited.
Paul Keighley joined Bramleys to focus on the expansion of residential sales. This allowed Alex McNeil to further grow the surveying department.
Following the refurbishment, we took over the top two floors of 14 St Georges Square in preparation for further expansion.
Paul Keighley and Alex McNeil joined Peter Butler and Andrew Moorhouse in the Partnership.
Bramleys purchased former established Estate Agent Holmes and Gardner and acquired our Heckmondwike and Mirfield offices, of which some staff are still with us today.
Bramleys purchased premises in Elland and opened our second Calderdale office.
Peter Butler retires as a Partner and becomes a consultant.
In this period, the financial crisis hit the UK housing market pretty hard leading to a slow down in the market and an increase of repossessions.
The UK was hit by the unprecedented Covid-19 virus that brought the housing market to a halt for a short period of time. Unbeknown to agents at the time, this was the start of a small property boom.
Andrew Moorhouse retired from the Partnership to become a consultant.
Jonathan Wilson takes his place as Partner and Head of Commercial Agency.
We won awards at the allAgents ceremony, picking up Gold in 8 categories.
Large investments were made at our Flagship branch in Huddersfield in technological upgrades, staff progression and renovation of the ground floor including opening a state-of-the-art showroom for clients to enjoy a more customer focused experience.
We transitioned our traditional ‘room’ auctions to online property auctions, allowing us to host auctions more regularly to meet clients expectations.
Bramleys were crowned Gold Award winner with the British Property Awards 2022 for the Best Estate Agent in Huddersfield.
Bramleys attended the prestigious Negotiator Awards in London and won Gold in the Regional Best Estate Agent (Yorkshire and Humber) categories and earned a National Silver award for Property Management Department of the Year.
We are proud holders of various industry awards, giving you peace of mind that we work in your best interest.