thimbleby & shortland


For many years Thimbleby & Shorland specialised in the sale of livestock, horses and agricultural equipment, as well as land agency.  The company still maintains those connections, being leading international specialists in the sale and valuation of horse-drawn vehicles and related items, hosting the world renowned Reading Carriage Sales.  The annual sale of Shetland ponies is the largest in the country with many of the ponies being exported to Europe.
With the slow demise of many livestock markets in the south of England, the business diversified and now conducts large auctions of Contractors’ Plant and Equipment in Reading and elsewhere on behalf of clients such as Speedy Asset Services, and Hewden Stuart up until their dissolution,   these sales also having an international following.

We hold monthly auctions of antiques; period and modern household effects; collectables; workshop tools & equipment; and motor vehicles. There is an annual sale of ground maintenance equipment, and a growing number of auctions of vintage agricultural & commercial vehicles, motor cars, bygones and memorabilia.

Alongside the busy auction side of the business we have a flourishing land agency department dealing with issues such as subsidy schemes, compulsory purchase and landlord & tenant matters, and the sale & letting of rural property.  Thimbleby & Shorland have acted as agents in the valuation and sales of all types of assets for national and local Liquidators and Receivers for over 30 years and are agents for the Official Receiver in Reading and other local offices.

For professional advice, valuations or information on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us here in Reading.

Ever thought of holding a sale on your own premises? Dispersal and reduction sales can be undertaken on vendors’ own premises in any part of the country. 

NDA Divisions;

NDA Corporate: Thimbleby & Shorland cover the South East for the NDA Corporate division

NDA Banking: Thimbleby & Shorland cover the South East for the NDA Banking division

NDA Finance: Thimbleby & Shorland cover the South East for the NDA Finance division

NDA Insolvency: Thimbleby & Shorland cover the South East for the NDA Insolvency division

NDA Livestock: Thimbleby & Shorland head up the NDA Livestock division covering the whole of the UK

NDA Plant & Machinery: Thimbleby & Shorland head up the NDA Plant & Machinery for the South of the UK


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Last Saturday in month (usually) 9.30am

31 Great Knollys Street,

+44 (0) 118 950 8611