Our Heritage

Underpinned by our heritage

Our journey from market town to a national team of experts

Fisher Hoggarth

Fisher Hoggarth’s history in Market Harborough is thought to date back to 1819 and records show land agent work connected with the Ecton Estate as far back as 1823. The company name went through various incarnations before being established as ‘Fisher Hoggarth’ in 1928. Some of our clients have longstanding relationships with us dating back well over 100 years including Rothwell Hospital and we have been continuous agents for the Turvey House Estate since 1903.

John German

John German started the estate management business, managing Lord Belper’s family estate at Newton Burgoland, back in 1840. The story goes that he was hedge laying on the German family farm in Packington, near Ashby, when he received a message to say that he had got the job managing Lord Belper’s estate. Apparently, he threw down his tools and said to his father and brother he was off to be a Land Agent. Fisher German still manage Lord Belper’s estate at Kingston on Soar, which the family purchased in 1850.
Chartered surveyors Fisher Hoggarth and John German merge to form Fisher German - both with a history dating back to the 1830’s.
Merger with Clayson Haselwood Surveyors to form the Banbury office. Launch of linesearch.org - first online enquiry system for locating underground utilities.
Merger with W & O Beck to form the Knutsford office.
Merger with John Hopkinson Chartered Surveyors forms the Newark office.
Fisher German win the contract with Thame Farmers Market and open the Thame office.
Merger with Shuldham Calverley in Retford to increase our coverage in the north east. The Southampton Utilities office relocates to Hungerford. Newark office relocates to new premises.
Merger with John Sanders and additional offices in Worcester and Bromsgrove.
Merger with Denton Clark in Chester and the Thame office relocates to high street location.
Merger with utility specialist Lister Infraserv in Kent.
Merger with Warmingtons to form the Bedford office.
Merger with Halls (Midlands) LLP expanding the Worcester offering and creating new offices in Halesowen and Hereford. Ashby office relocates to Ivanhoe Business Park and the Bedford office relocates to Priory Business Park.
The Retford office relocates to Doncaster.
Fisher German merges with Vine Property Management.

Vine started in 1996 as the property management department of Collingwood Rigby looking after commercial property across the Midlands region. In 2003, Vine became its own dedicated property management business (known initially as IOG Property Management until 2006) setting up a national network of offices to manage commercial property across the UK. Vine continued its growth to a network of 100 staff across 10 offices managing over £2.7bn of assets, merging with Fisher German in 2019.
Ambitious expansion sees a new office in Exeter which increases our coverage in the South West.
Our merger with Matthews & Goodman creates a £60 million business and moves Fisher German into in London, Liverpool and Manchester city centre offices. The two firms share a long history with Matthews & Goodman dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.

In 1865, a Surveyor and Auctioneer by the name of Marmaduke Matthews, established his business at 1 Albany Street in London. Although he primarily dealt with residential property, he also set up a furniture storage facility in what became known as the Albany Pantechnicon. He invited several family members into the firm and in 1887 it became Matthews and Matthews. In 1928 the firm was renamed Matthews & Goodman and over the last 40 years, the evolution of the business has included acquisition/mergers with firms which shared similar values and culture.