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As one of the leading estate agents in West Suffolk, Shires Residential has branches in Mildenhall & Bury St Edmunds, and Brandon with properties sold, let and managed in over 150 surrounding towns and villages.

The company employs over 32 experienced and motivated staff, half of these whom have been part of the team for over a decade. Each member of staff has a genuine interest in clients’ needs and works closely with them each step of the way to ensure the process remains smooth and stress-free, whether they are the seller, buyer or landlord. We’re proud that a large percentage of our clients come through personal recommendation from family, friends and neighbours who have previously used one of our services.

History of Shires Residential

The first Shires Residential Estate Agent

Shires old 2The first Shires branches opened in Mildenhall and Lakenheath in 1987, by founding directors David Kemble-Taylor, Mike Ellis and Bob Gallon. The opening coincided with the large-scale development of Herne’s Green in Beck Row by Bonnetts Builders, for which Shires Residential were the selling agents. Almost 30 years on and Shires Residential still manage many properties on this development in our lettings portfolio.

Bury St Edmunds Branch

Bury St EdmundsEstablishing an enviable reputation as one of the area’s leading estate and letting agents, a third branch was soon opened in Bury St Edmunds and overseen by David Kemble-Taylor. The branch moved from its original location in Hatter Street to the current premises in Guildhall Street a few years later.


Throughout the 90’s the company battled its way through a difficult recession, concentrating its efforts on both the sales and lettings markets and maintained its position as a market-leading estate agent.


Following the turn of the Millennium, the original directors appointed James Hines and Richard Carrington as new directors, bringing in fresh thinking to help drive the business forward.

In 2009 the company’s image undertook a major rebranding to trade as Shires Residential with the makeover incorporating the trademark lime green and black branding.


Due to its excellent reputation and loyal client base, the business was acquired by Abbey Sales and Lettings Ltd, a Bury St Edmunds based independent agency, and continues to trade as usual as part of a small family of local, independent estate agency brands.

The range of services offered also increased and the original services of sales, lettings and property management has been complemented by land and new homes, search and acquisition and block and estate management.

of our clients were extremely impressed with our service* *sample of 61 between June 2015-March 2016

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