About Us

About Us

Welcome to Pump House Specialist Auctions

If you’re looking for a place to buy and sell items, we might just be the place for you

Emma Cole - Managing Director
Pump House Specialist Auctions

We offer both live in person and online bidding, bids on commission and telephone bidding, as well as a range of professional services including free Valuations, Valuations for Probate and Inheritance Tax (please contact us for a quote) and free appraisals of specialist items such as Clocks, Furniture, Oil Paintings, Stamps, Ceramics, Medals and Militaria, etc. We also offer a collection service for your items and whole house clearance.

We value and sell a vast range of items, including silverware, jewellery, collectables, antique and later furniture, ceramics, art and garden statues and effects. We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible personal service and hope that you will visit our website often for updates on forthcoming auctions and highlights from our previous auctions and our fabulous sale prices achieved.


Our Team Of Specialists

With over 50 years of combined experience, our specialists have sold tens-of thousands of lots.
We are a family run business with strong ethical values who care deeply about the condition and rarity within each lot that we offer for sale. We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional customer service experience to all clients both new faces as well as returning customers looking to ensure their assets achieve the best sold price.

Cheryl - Office Administrator

Mabel - Silver Valuer

Martin - Porter
Simon – Auctioneer and Valuer
Jim – Auctioneer and Valuer

A History Of Soberton Pumping Station

The Soberton Pumping Station is a site with rich history. See below for more detailed breakdown of how this beautiful building became the home to Pump House Specialist Auctions.


First Construction of Soberton Pumping Station

In 1906 Soberton Pumping Station was constructed after it was realised that water needed to be drawn further inland

As the water supplied from Foxbury Pumping Station had become brackish, and it later became apparent the normal chalk water had become contaminated by the infiltration of salt water from the harbour, after many unsuccessful attempts it was decided that a new development elsewhere was needed and the Foxbury well abandoned. The pumping units were removed and transferred for use at Soberton pumping station.

On 24th May 1907, The station was brought into use, thus at last Gosport and surrounding areas were in receipt of good quality water. Soberton works remained the sole source of supply for the next 34 years.


Plan For Redevelopment

In 1991 redevelopment of the Soberton Pump House was proposed

Immediately prior to considering the Company’s planning application to demolish the extended Edwardian structure that had housed the steam driven pumps, Winchester city council designated the site a conservation area. Therefore submitted plans to demolish areas were simply refused, eventually a scheme drawn up by architects was approved.

What was a coal shed at the rear of the pumping station was converted to include a new control panel, disinfection equipment and a small office, which are still used by Portsmouth Water today.


The Beginning Of Pump House Specialist Auctions

The Start of Pump House Specialist Auctions

We began in 2013 with a small team of just 4 members of staff. 
At the time our Valuer had extensive local knowledge and over 25 years of experience.
We began by holding auctions every 2 weeks at that time and focused on again delivering the best possible service to our clients. With a combination of hard work and a team effort the business grew and our reputation was firmly established. We found our audience continued to grow during that ten years and our clients trust us to handle their items with care and rely on us to market their items accurately. We realised quite early on that the best solution for us was to include all our lots on line so that buyers could bid from the comfort of their own homes.


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