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.
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.
Howard Frank, one of the founders, places the firm’s first full-page advertisement in the August edition of Country Life.
William Rutley, a co-founder, dies of a heart attack.
All staff move into 20 Hanover Square from Conduit Street.
The Crystal Palace is sold to Lord Plymouth for £210,000.
Howard Frank buys the estate agent, Walton & Lee, solely to secure the prime front page position in Country Life magazine.
The Edinburgh office opens.
Howard Frank, the senior partner, is knighted.
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.
Howard Frank is made Director General of the combined Directorate of Lands.
The town of Reigate is sold by Knight Frank & Rutley for £203,840 – the first time the firm has disposed of an entire town.
The firm handles the sale of Winston Churchill’s house and sells Chartwell to him.
The Duke of Westminster sells Grosvenor House in Park Lane through Knight Frank & Rutley.
Knight Frank & Rutley buys 40 acres north of Oxford Street for the Audley Trust.
The firm advises on the site assembly for the BBC’s world famous headquarters, Broadcasting House in London.
John Knight, a co-founder, dies.
Sir Howard Frank dies.
The contents of the Cunard Liner, Olympia, are sold.
Most of the town of Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire is sold – including the celebrated golf course.
Knight Frank & Rutley sells the contents of the German Embassy, including 20 Nazi flags, 17 safes and a dog basket.
Knight Frank & Rutley acquires offices in London’s Chiswell Street for BP – at the time, the UK’s largest-ever property transaction.
The firm opens an office in Geneva as a gateway to Europe.
Knight Frank & Rutley is established in Nigeria.
The firm acquires Wheatley, Kirk, Price and Co.
The Geneva office closes in favour of new offices in Amsterdam and Paris.
Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, dating back to 1132, is sold for £1 million.
Knight Frank & Rutley sets up a New York office through a joint venture with Douglas Elliman.
BP’s purchase of Britannic House for £93 million becomes the UK’s biggest single property deal ever.