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The story of Thorne and Carter unfolds across three centuries of estate agency, auctioneering and surveying in the Culm Valley.

The practice was originally founded in the mid 1800s in Willand by William Thorne. When he retired towards the end of the century his son, Bill Thorne, was too young to take over the practice and so there was a gap of some years until Bill Thorne restarted the firm, again in Willand in 1911.

In the 1930s Bill Thorne relocated the practice to the larger town of Cullomp
Read full description...The story of Thorne and Carter unfolds across three centuries of estate agency, auctioneering and surveying in the Culm Valley.

The practice was originally founded in the mid 1800s in Willand by William Thorne. When he retired towards the end of the century his son, Bill Thorne, was too young to take over the practice and so there was a gap of some years until Bill Thorne restarted the firm, again in Willand in 1911.

In the 1930s Bill Thorne relocated the practice to the larger town of Cullompton and on his retirement in 1950 the practice was acquired by the late Ken Carter and had by then moved offices to Church Street.

The changing face of estate agency later necessitated the move to 29 High Street, a large three storey Victorian property. Ken Carter in partnership with his son Stephen ran a thriving multi-disciplined chartered surveyors practice specialising in residential sales, surveys, farm sales and associated agricultural work, with the firm even having its own livestock market based at Tiverton Junction in Willand.

At the end of 1988 Ken Carter retired and his son Stephen formed a new partnership with Clive Madge, who had been specialising in the agricultural and professional side of the practice, together with John Parkin who had been handling the residential sales.

Throughout the 1990s steady growth in the residential sales resulted in increased staff and emphasised the need for even larger premises in a more prominent and central High Street position. With this in mind the partners acquired 11 & 13 High Street fondly known locally as the “Old Police Station”.

During much of the autumn of 1999 the premises underwent a complete refurbishment and remodelling including the former “cells” being integrated into the company’s boardroom.

Following his retirement from the partnership Stephen Carter continued as a consultant for several years before retiring fully.

John and Clive continue in partnership with their long standing experienced team in both the residential and professional departments.

The firm has recently welcomed Henry Parkin to the residential department bringing youth and many new ideas whilst being the third father/son combination in the practice.

A nostalgic inspection of the archives reveals that the first property sold under the Thorne and Carter partnership was near Taunton in February 1951 selling for £3,500 and earned the company the princely sum of £29 in commission! Interestingly the same property sold in 2012 for £320,000. This at the time when a gallon of petrol cost 3 shillings 6 pence (17½p), a loaf of bread was 6 pence (2½p) and a brand new Morris Minor car would set you back £520 whilst the internet was not even a distant dream!
Thorne & Carter

11 - 13 High Street
Cullompton
Devon
EX15 1AB
01884 33333

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“Mrs c bonner...”

Dec 12,2018
Minithumbup
By: 'Christine'
Dec 12,2018
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I would strong recommend this estate agent.The staff were very friendly and helpful. They were very professional and supportive while selling the property. Also they kept in touch throughout the sale to offer information on progress which l feel is very important....
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“Great service...”

Nov 27,2018
Minithumbup
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By: 'Martin Holmes'
Nov 27,2018
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Thank you very much for your assistance with the sale of my fathers house, your expertise,knowledge good advice was of greatest value to us....
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Agents fees are better than most.
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“Excellent service...”

Nov 14,2018
Minithumbup
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By: 'Lucille'
Nov 14,2018
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I have just purchased my home through Thorne & Carter in Cullompton, Devon. Their service has been excellent from start to finish. They are superb negotiators, extremely knowledgeable, always punctual, efficient, very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. They are a credit ...
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“Purchaser...”

Nov 04,2018
Minithumbup
Henry
By: 'Sandra'
Nov 04,2018
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Henry and the team were extremely helpful to my parents during their recent purchase of a property in Willand. Everyone was very friendly whenever we phoned with questions. I can't praise them highly enough and would not hesitate to recommend them to a seller ...
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“Sale of our home in Willand:...”

Oct 01,2018
Minithumbup
By: 'Mel Gwinnett'
Oct 01,2018
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With the competition now fierce in the estate agent market (TV advertising/no fees etc). We decided to go with a traditional (Bricks & mortar company). Very pleased we did! The service received was outstanding in everything Thorne & Carter did for us. Totally took ...
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Good worth every penny..
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“Wow - what a fab experience!...”

Aug 24,2018
Minithumbup
John
By: 'Abby'
Aug 24,2018
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Where do i start... John and the team have been absolutely brilliant from start to finish! Always just a phone call away if i needed any advice! They are an extremely proactive team,always there to help and put you at ease if you're ...
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“Sale & purchase...”

Mar 22,2018
Minithumbup
By: 'Steve Barnard'
Mar 22,2018
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We would like to recommend Thorne & Carter to others for the very professional and friendly support from all their staff in the sale of our property and also the purchase of our new home in the EX15 area. This is the second time we ...
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Fees charged were fair for the commitment from the agent.
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Mar 14,2018
Minithumbup
By: 'Geoff Nicholson'
Mar 14,2018
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I am delighted that I chose Thorne and Carter over other estate agents. I found John and Henry extremely knowledgeable about local matters, extremely helpful and excellent at keeping me up to date with developments. I commend and recommend them....
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Areas covered
  • EX15
  • EX5
  • EX16
  • EX14
  • TA21

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