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Clarke & Crittenden was established in 1934 by Mr. Cyril Crittenden who was later joined by his brother, Robert. The brothers operated from two offices in Thanet selling and letting both residential and commercial property as well development land. Mr. Robert Crittenden also conducted regular property auctions.

Just after the war Clarke & Crittenden were appointed selling agents to the Palm Bay Estates Company, a major development upon the Cliftonville sea front, as well many of the other leading builders developing in and around Thanet. Since then the company has acted for numerous local and national clients including Lovell Homes, Hunting Gate and Alfred McAlpine.

The firm continued to be one of the principle firms of estate agents operating in Thanet with the commercial side of the business being in the early 1960’s when Roger Crittenden and John Crittenden joined the firm after spells with London agents. John Crittenden later moved to Canada to open his own estate agency business.

In 1964 Clarke & Crittenden acted on behalf of Bernard Sunley Limited in connection with a major mixed use development on Margate sea front known as Arlington House. Other properties sold by the firm included the former Hippodrome Theatre and hotels upon the Cliftonville sea front to Butlins. During this time the firm continued to sell development sites throughout Thanet as well as further a field.

In recent years we have either acted for or let and sold commercial premises to a large number of national and private companies and individuals.

In 2000 we acquired the former Lido amusement complex for a mixed use development and are currently acting for the Margate regeneration Company who are proposing a major redevelopment of part of Margate.

The third generation of the family have joined the firm. Ian Crittenden, who qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2004, has been working for a London firm of agents for whom he remains a consultant, undertaking professional work, specialising in rent reviews and lease renewals. James Crittenden has recently returned from London where he specalised in commercial property agency.

Clarke & Crittenden is a trading name of Crittenden Commercial Ltd.


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