Our Timeline

A history of family wealth management

With familial, historical links to Lancashire dating back to 1853 we continue with our strategy, which echoes our past.

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1853
1853
William Craven founded Craven Brothers

William Craven founded Craven Brothers machine tool manufacturers in Salford, Lancashire. Craven Brothers moved to Vauxhall Works, Reddish, Stockport in 1900.

   
1877
1877
Ellis & Sons Estate Agency was founded

Ellis & Sons Estate Agency was founded in Lancashire in 1877 and the family started building houses in the area. Ellis and Sons was a partnership of Surveyors and Estate Agencies with its head office in Manchester (21 Spring Gardens).

   
1920
1920
The Family Office corporate structure was established

William Craven Ellis established the Family Office corporate structure in the 1920’s to take over his family’s property holdings, the origin of which came from Ellis & Sons and Craven Brothers.

   
1928
1928
The Group moved from Manchester to London

The administration of the Group and the Ellis and Sons Estate Agency was based in Manchester and Altrincham until 1928 when the freehold of No 31 Dover Street was acquired and an office opened there.

   
1930
1930s
The Group built houses in Leicester and started development in Southampton

The Group built houses at the Stocking Farm & Amery Hill Estates in Leicester and started the development of the Hamble Cliffe Estate, Southampton

   
1931
1931
William Craven-Ellis became MP for Southampton

In 1923 and again 1929, William Craven Ellis fought general elections as the unionist candidate for the Barnsley constituency. He was unsuccessful but rewarded for his efforts with two pierced silver fruit bowls, inscribed In recognition of his good efforts and presented by the local conservative association.
In 1931 there was another general election and William Craven Ellis successfully contested Southampton in conjunction with Sir Charles Barrie.

   
1936
1936
The Group acquired houses in Harrow and Kenton from the Halifax Building Society

The Group acquired the houses in Harrow and Kenton from the Halifax Building Society in 1936. During the recessionary times of the 1930’s building societies like the Halifax frequently had non preforming mortgages. The Societies found it difficult to resell repossessed properties because of the recession, so the Group took over the mortgages and let the properties.

   
1945
1945
The Group built 204 houses and 10 shops at the Hamblecliffe Estate

The Group built 204 houses and 10 shops at the Hamblecliffe Estate to house the workers for the neighbouring British Marine Aviation factory.

The development of the Hamble started just before the war and completed post war and emanated from a shareholding in British Marine Aviation (BMA) which was formed to build Amphibians. The factory was built by BMA and the houses were built by the Group to house the factory workers.

   
1947
1947
The Group was refinanced with a 40 year Debenture

In 1947 the Group was refinanced by a £500k loan at 3.5% interest for a term of 45 years.

   
1950
1950
The Group’s 19th Century back to back housing was compulsorily purchased

In 1950, the Group’s Manchester houses were compulsorily purchased by the Manchester Corporation for between £1 and £100 a house. They were subsequently demolished and replaced by tower blocks which have since been replaced by houses similar to the ones originally demolished.

   
1964
1964
Michael Campbell started working for the Group

In 1964 Michael Campbell joined the business which was being ably managed by Cyril Roland Cane who had been with the group since 1928. Cyril Cane had the stewardship of the Group following William Craven Ellis’ death.

   
1967
1967
The Group relocated its Head Office to Craven House, Farnham, Surrey

The Group relocated its Head Office from 31 Dover Street and built new Head Quarters at Craven House, Farnham, Surrey

   
1970
1970s
The Group formed Arundel House Securities

The Group formed Arundel House Securities and carried out a 10 year development programme for retention and sale throughout the South East

   
1977
1977-1989
Substantial Commercial developments undertaken

Commercial developments undertaken including a substantial development of Farnham

   
1979
1979
The Group started a Housing Equity Release business

The Group started a Housing Equity Release business called Home & Capital Trust Ltd which later became Sovereign Reversions. It was founded in 1979 and the Group started investing in home reversions.

Home & Capital Trust Ltd was originally owned by John Inskip (chartered accountant), the Ellis Campbell Group and the Cecil’s (Lord Salisbury). The company bought residential reversions. It is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Sovereign Reversions Plc which was recently acquired by Patron Capital.

   
1990
1990
Michael Campbell established the Ellis Campbell Foundation

Michael Campbell established the Ellis Campbell Foundation in 1990. The Foundations principal aims are to grant assist organisations engaged in Education and Youth in the U.K. with special reference to Hampshire, Perthshire and London. The Foundation has a particular focus on bridging the gap between education and employment for disadvantaged young adults between the ages of 16 and 25.

   
1995
1995
Michael Campbell moved the office to Shalden Park, Steading

Having established a process of outsourcing of all activities, Michael Campbell moved the office to Shalden Park Steading

   
1996
1996
Property management was outsourced

In 1996 property management was outsourced to Bellamanda Investments Ltd (Alan Taylor).

   
2007
2007
Laura Montgomery joined the Group and opened a London office

Laura Montgomery joined the Group as Executive Director in 2007. The youngest of Michael’s daughters, Laura qualified as a solicitor in 2005 at Berlin Leighton Paisner and practiced in the property finance department until March 2007. She opened the Group’s London office at Heathcote House, Savile Row. The office subsequently moved to 10-12 Blandford Street sharing an office with C2 Capital Limited

   
2008
2008
The Group formed a Residential Joint Venture with Southern Properties and another significant private family office
   
2009
2009
The Group formed C2 Capital with Julian Carey

In August 2009 Laura and Julian Carey (ex La Salle Investment Management) formed C2 Capital Ltd., to provide commercial real estate underwriting and investment opportunities including investment funds. C2 Capital Ltd. and The Ellis Campbell Group continue to work closely together.

   
2010
2010
Laura Montgomery was appointed as Managing Director
   
2015
2015
The Group invests in a multi let industrial fund backed by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing and managed by C2 Capital

The fund acquired 25 high quality multi-let industrial estates across the UK and was sold to Stenprop Limited for £127m in 2017.

   
2017
2017
The Group sells the historic Hamble Estate

The Hamble Estate was constructed by the Ellis Campbell Group in the 1930s and has been owned and managed by the Group up until the recent sale in March 2017. The portfolio at the time of sale consisted of 51 houses let out on a mix of regulated, assured and assured shorthold tenancies

   
2019
2019
Celebrating 100 years of partnership with Harold Sharp

Taken in 2019 at a lunch to celebrate 100 years of working with Harold Sharp Accountants and 100 years of friendship between the Campbell and the Sharp families.

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