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Advising the West Country for 150 years: A history of Stags

Advising the West Country for 150 years: A history of Stags

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Stags and to celebrate the occasion the firm will be fundraising for four charities across the South West. Throughout this momentous year, the teams from each of Stags’ 22 offices will be taking part in a number of challenging and fun events in an effort to raise a total of £50,000. These include a demanding 420-mile cycle ride between each of our office locations and a ‘Great Stags Bake Off’. Every penny of the money raised will help to support cancer patients and their families across the region thanks to our chosen charities, Ducks & Drakes in Dorset, SURE in Somerset, FORCE in Devon and the Tanya’s Courage Trust in Cornwall.

We have set up a Gofundme page, and welcome all donations to help us support these fabulous, local charities. 

Since its very beginnings in 1874 as four rival firms of Devon agricultural valuers, Stags has continued to evolve and expand. In 1923, the four firms merged to become a single practice under the name of Cockram, Dobbs and Stagg before expanding into Somerset in 1950 when it amalgamated with renowned Wellington auctioneers, Knowlman & Sons. Still predominantly livestock auctioneers, this new firm – now catchily known as Dobbs, Stagg, Knowlman & Co – organised regular markets and farm sales which were advertised locally in parish churches.

1979 saw the introduction of the now familiar stags head logo under the new, punchier, name of Stags and the subsequent decades saw the firm expand its five offices to cover all major towns throughout the South West. During this time Stags also expanded its specialisms to encompass property sales, lettings, farm agency, professional services, estate management, planning and commercial services.

In 2017 and 2018, the newly acquired Tavistock firm Ward & Chowen and Totnes firm Michelmore Hughes became Stags’ 21st and 22nd offices. Today, with 200 members of staff covering every inch of the West Country, Stags offers a unique blend of good old-fashioned values that are true to its roots and innovative ideas in line with modern-day expectations and digital advancements. In an ever-changing market, Stags adapts and evolves while never losing sight of its heritage, which is what makes it a trusted local name to so many to this day. Here’s to the next 150 years!