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John D Wood & Co. was founded in 1872 by John Daniel Wood, a remarkable man who started the company at the age of 23 and finally retired in 1928. The first premises of the company were in Mount Street, London W1, on the site now occupied by an island with a fountain opposite the entrance to the Connaught Hotel. Mount Street in the late 19th Century was apparently a street of rather dilapidated Georgian houses which included the Parish Workhouse. It must have become smarter at the Berkeley Square end as it contained the Coburg Hotel, quickly renamed Connaught at the outset of the Great War.

The company first advertised in Country Life in the early 1900's, an arrangement that continues to this day. John D Wood developed his practice with considerable success in the post war decade in which his company regularly took instructions on the finest houses and country estates in the land and advertised them over the entire back page of The Times. This era included the sale of Dorchester House, Park Lane, for 400,000 to the McAlpine family who rebuilt it as the Dorchester Hotel.

In 1930 John D Wood and his then partners moved to headquarters in Berkeley Square where the firm remained until the late 1980's. Commercial and development work became an important part of the company's business in the 1950's and 1960's followed by an important step in the central London residential field when the Chelsea Green branch opened in 1966.

In 1987 the Residential and Agricultural arm of the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange and in 1997 was acquired by Countrywide Assured Group plc, the largest estate agency group in Europe.

Today we have a computer linked network of fourteen London offices, eight country offices and associated offices throughout the south of England. Our range of services include the sale and acquisition of houses and apartments in London; the sale and acquisition of houses and cottages in the country and county towns; residential lettings and property management; short lets providing serviced apartments from one night; country lettings; land and new homes; investment; agriculture; chattels and auctions; a full surveying service and advice on leasehold enfranchisement and freehold acquisition.

If we are able to be of service to you in any capacity, please do not hesitate to contact one of our offices.