1896: Knight Frank & Rutley was founded as a valuations, surveying and auctions business. Its first sale was held on April 23rd at Conduit Street in London.
1897: The first recorded business property sale is achieved in November, when Knight Frank & Rutley sells a ‘cycle machinery and plant’ business in Batterseafor £270 11s 6d.
1898: Howard Frank, one of the founders, places the firm’s first full-page advertisement in the August edition of Country Life.
1909: William Rutley, a co-founder, dies of a heart attack.
1910: All staff move into 20 Hanover Square from Conduit Street.
1911: The Crystal Palace is sold to Lord Plymouth for £210,000.
1912: Howard Frank buys the estate agent, Walton & Lee, solely to secure the prime front page position in Country Life magazine.
1913: The Edinburgh office opens.
1914: Howard Frank, the senior partner, is knighted.
1915: Cecil Chubb buys Stonehenge through Knight Frank & Rutley for £6,600 as a present for his wife. She gives it to the nation three years later.
1917: Howard Frank is made Director General of the combined Directorate of Lands.
1921: The town of Reigate is sold by Knight Frank & Rutley for £203,840 – the first time the firm has disposed of an entire town.
1922: The firm handles the sale of Winston Churchill’s house and sells Chartwell to him.
1924: The Duke of Westminster sells Grosvenor House in Park Lane through Knight Frank & Rutley.
1925: Knight Frank & Rutley buys 40 acres north of Oxford Street for the Audley Trust.
1927: The firm advises on the site assembly for the BBC’s world famous headquarters, Broadcasting House in London.
1931: John Knight, a co-founder, dies.
1932: Sir Howard Frank dies.
1935: The contents of the Cunard Liner, Olympia, are sold.
1937: Most of the town of Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire is sold – including the celebrated golf course.
1945: Knight Frank & Rutley sells the contents of the German Embassy, including 20 Nazi flags, 17 safes and a dog basket.
1958: Knight Frank & Rutley acquires offices in London’s Chiswell Street for BP – at the time, the UK’s largest-ever property transaction.
1964: The firm opens an office in Geneva as a gateway to Europe.
1965: Knight Frank & Rutley is established in Nigeria.
1968: The firm acquires Wheatley, Kirk, Price and Co.
1972: The Geneva office closes in favour of new offices in Amsterdam and Paris.
1974: Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, dating back to 1132, is sold for £1 million.
1979: Knight Frank & Rutley sets up a New York office through a joint venture with Douglas Elliman.
1980: BP’s purchase of Britannic House for £93 million becomes the UK’s biggest single property deal ever.
1981: In New York, Douglas Elliman Knight Frank sells Pan-American World Airways Intercontinental Hotels Corporation to Grand Metropolitan for $500 million.
1983: Knight Frank & Rutley joins with a leading Hong Kong surveyor to form Knight Frank Kan and Baillieu. The Singapore office is established.