Michael Wheeler, Amanda Butler and Charles Hanson at Hanson Ross in Royston.

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Hanson Ross in Royston follows Hansons acquiring the assets of Charles Ross Auctioneers in Woburn and Holloway’s in Banbury in 2020.

Auctioneer and founder Charles Hanson said: “When we opened Woburn as a weekly valuation centre, we quickly noted the depth of client contact which justified developing the business and finding an auction house location nearby and conveniently situated to nurture new sellers and new buyers.”

The Royston saleroom on Lumen Road, close to the railway station, will focus on jewellery and fine art. It is run by marketing specialist Amanda Butler, partner and director of operations, and Miles and Michael Wheeler (also of Wheeler Antiques) as partners, with Miles taking on the role of head valuer at Royston.

The new location will be supported by Hansons’ Melissa Lee-Patrick, head of jewellery, Natasha Marriot, jewellery consultant, and general valuer Bob Sutton.

Hanson Ross’ first live sale in Royston is scheduled for August 4. Apart from auction days the location will be open by appointment only except for drop in valuations on Fridays between 10am-1pm.

Hansons also holds valuation days in the area in Woburn, Hitchin and Berkhamsted and plans new valuation days in Bedford, Luton, Hertford and Saffron Walden. It will also launch a valuation day in Southampton.

Founded by Charles Hanson in 2005, the auction house unveiled its fifth location in Tunbridge Wells in Kent earlier this year. It also has salerooms in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Oxfordshire (Hanson Holloway’s Ross) and Teddington in London as well as a network of valuation offices.