Henry Adams Auctioneers Baffins Hall Baffins Lane Chichester West Sussex PO19 1UA

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Meet the Team

Andrew Swain MA MRICS, Auctioneer & Valuer

Andrew Swain MA MRICS is the Auctioneer and Valuer of our saleroom. As a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors he is well qualified to help you with valuations for Sale, Insurance or Probate. With over 10 years of experience within the auctioneering business he is happy to give advice over the phone, in person or by email regarding any antique enquiries.

Rachel Trembath BA PGDip, Cataloguer and Auctioneer

Rachel studied Conservation and Restoration at the University of Lincoln. After achieving a 2:1 she stayed at Lincoln to study a postgraduate diploma in The Conservation of Historic Objects. She became the Conservator at Goodwood House in 2011 before joining Henry Adams Auctions in 2012. Since working here she has obtained her Technical Award in Chattels Auctioneering. In August 2015 Rachel became the first female auctioneer in Chichester.

Lucy Homer BA Hons, Cataloguer and Auctioneer

Lucy studied at Oxford University achieving a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2005. She then worked as an artist in London before starting at Henry Adams Auctions in 2014. She is currently studying for her Masters on the RICS accredited Arts Appraisal course at Kingston University.

Martin Luff, Accounts Administrator

Martin has worked for Henry Adams for 15 years and with over 30 years of experience managing the accounts of auction departments in the South of England, he is well qualified to handle any enquiries regarding commission, VAT or payments.

About Us

Our auctions are held at Baffins Hall, Chichester, West Sussex in the south of England on a monthly basis throughout the year.

Baffins Hall is in the heart of the historic city of Chichester, a few minutes from the mainline station and with several car parks in the immediate vicinity. It has been a furniture saleroom since 1913 and regular auction sales have been held there for nearly 100 years. Prior to that it was a Unitarian Chapel dating from 1672. It's wonderful barrel ceiling, original galleries and stained glass windows make a perfect setting for the sale of antiques and collectables.

Categories featured in our auction include Antique Furniture and Clocks, Paintings, Silver, Jewellery, Ceramics & Glass, Works of Art, Carpets & Rugs, Bronzes and Collectors' Items.

All sales are on view on the Tuesday and Wednesday preceding the auction and in the case of our Selected Antiques & Fine Art Sales in April, July and October only, there will also be viewing on the preceding Saturday morning.

We combine our knowledge and expertise with old fashioned personal service. Our policy is to set high standards, to use our collective experience to give excellent value and most of all, to retain integrity in everything we do.

We use modern technology and place our catalogues on the internet and together with extensive advertising, this ensures we reach a World-wide audience.

We also offer a free valuation service throughout the south of England. We regularly hold free valuation days at our Baffins Hall Salerooms and at Henry Adams estate agency offices in the region. For larger items such as furniture and collections, we are happy to visit your home to inspect.

History of Baffins Hall

Baffins Hall Chapel, or Meeting House as it was called in its earlier years, was built between 1672 and 1680. A Presbyterian Chapel had been built in Eastgate Square in 1671 but due to the size of the congregation, this second chapel soon followed in what is now known as Baffins Lane.

In 1721 the chapel buildings, which until then had been privately owned by George and Elizabeth Carver, members of the congregation, were purchased for £90 by a Trust set up by the congregation. About this time, the building underwent change. The roof was modified and the barrel ceiling created; the round-headed windows on the East front were inserted and an entrance hall with a fine classical doorway was added. From this hall, a new staircase rose to a gallery which also may have been an addition at this time.

The roof structure is unusual. Externally, the building has two parallel pitched roofs running east to west, but the internal form does not reflect this. The columns which support the gallery continue upwards to a form of Queen post which spreads across both the parallel roofs and carries the barrel ceiling.