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The Carlisle Auction Centre

We moved to our current premises off Burgh Road, Carlisle in 2018 but have been auctioneering in Carlisle, Cumbria and the surrounding area for decades, from where we particularly cover Cumbria, the Lake District and the north of England in general.

Before our move to Burgh Road Estate we could be found in Carlisle city centre and, later, on Shaddongate. Perhaps you have seen the auction room or a member of the team on one of the auction television programs that we appear on. These include Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Dickinson's Real Deal, Cash in the Attic and the much missed Flog It!

Click here to delve further into the Thomson family’s 140-year history in the world of auctioneering.

The Auctions

Our Carlisle branch conducts around 30 auctions annually with those auctions being split into five separate overall categories - The Antique Auction, The Collectors Auction, The Book Auction, The Music, Vinyl & Entertainment Auction and The Home Furnishing & Interiors Auction.

Antique auctions are held quarterly, typically with 400-500 choice lots on offer and bring together the best quality and higher value items identified by the specialist departments in the previous three-month period, to include silver, jewellery, clocks & watches, antique and contemporary paintings, porcelain & pottery, textiles & costume, 20th century design and fine furniture.

Collectors auctions are held quarterly and comprise toys & model railways, coins & banknotes, medals & militaria, vintage cameras and much else of interest to the collector.

Book auctions, a long-established part of our business, are held at approximately six-week intervals and each auction typically comprises around 300 lots of antiquarian and collectable books, together with related items.

Music, vinyl & entertainment auctions are held two or three times a year with a particular focus on vintage vinyl LPs and records, musical instruments and related ephemera and collectables.

These four auction styles are conducted in the auction room but also broadcast online on our website and on major auction portal websites to reach a global audience.

Click the individual departments above to find out more.

The remaining 12 auctions held each year are the Home Furnishings & Interiors auctions (in the past, colloquially known as "general sales") which are held on the first Monday of the month, commencing at 10am with viewing on the Friday prior. These auctions are populated with items from house clearances, deceased estates and entries from private clients. Here you will find decorative ceramics, jewellery, gold and silver, books, vintage trunks and cases, 20th century design, vintage and retro items, furniture, rugs, collectables, glassware, lamps, pictures and other chattels, many of which can go to furnishing a stylish home at relatively little expense. These auctions are now broadcast online with live bidding, you can participate by registering an account directly with or via If you are looking for something in particular then give our staff a call or email us and we will endeavour to assist.

If you haven't bid with us before then see our "How To Bid" page.


The valuation team based at the Carlisle branch is headed by director Sybelle Thomson and supported by auctioneer & valuer John Thomson, valuer Kieran Nordon, consultants Frank Forrest (for the Scottish Borders) and Hugh Gregory (for jewellery, silver, clocks & watches). They are backed up by other valuers from our Edinburgh office and specialist consultants.

The team provide valuations for auction purposes over email, by home visit or by appointment at the auction room. Drop-in valuation mornings are held in the auction room each Friday between 9.30am-12noon. We also conduct valuations for inheritance tax, probate or insurance purposes throughout Scotland, the north of England and further afield.

If you are looking for a valuation for any of these purposes then contact the Carlisle branch on 01228 535 288 or by email at

Upcoming Auctions

Free Online Valuation

16 Specialist Departments

Thomson Roddick
The Auction Centre, Marconi Road
Burgh Road Industrial Estate
Carlisle, CA2 7NA

Tel: 01228 535 288

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

Sybelle Thomson

Sybelle Thomson



Four Legged Apprentice

John Thomson

John Thomson FIA (Scot)
Senior Consultant & Auctioneer


Frank Forrest

Frank Forrest
Borders Representative


Kieran Nordon

Kieran Nordon
Junior Auctioneer & Valuer


Grant Mackin

Grant Mackin
Saleroom Assistant


Kasia McKee

Kasia McKee
Office Administrator