Our History

Commercial Property Expertise from 1873

William Telford Gunson was born in Durham in 1839, educated privately and at Durham School of Art where he gained several medals and prizes. He qualified as a civil engineer, architect and surveyor and served articles with a London firm before moving to Manchester and taking a role in the City Surveyors Office. He set up on his own account in 1873 and was subsequently joined by his son Ernest Gunson, the firm then being known as W Telford Gunson & Son.

Throughout it’s history WT Gunson has played a major part in the development of the North West property market. The architectural side of the practice, which split from the surveying side was responsible for many of the region’s finest churches, police stations and public buildings such as Lytham Pier and Pavilion, and Hyde Reform Club.

The current partners and staff always take a keen interest in the development of the RICS. Earlier partners include a President of the RICS and several have been appointed to the Lands Tribunal. One of our former partners was also President of the Rating Surveyors Association.

Whilst being very conscious of our past history, we are actively aware of the present and will continue to anticipate its future with confidence.