Downham Market Auction Rooms

The Downham Market Auction Rooms is a historic converted building original design for holding horse auctions in the 1850's but we have modernised the facilities to give us flexibility with collection, storage and delivery.  We sell a wide selection of items to include good modern, collectables, Antiques, Sporting items, Wines, Toys etc. Here, our valuers have the opportunity to take in items in advance of sale, in order to conduct considerable research and pre-sale advertising where required.

Auction Services

  • Valuations and reserve advice - Please see our Valuations section for full details of the service we provide, including free, pre-sale valuations and reserve advice.

  • For a free no obligation sale valuation appointment - telephone 01366 387180 or email

  • Transport - We can organise collection of items from a single piece to a full house clearance.

  • The Sales - We conduct regular sales a year, to include Selected Antiques, Antique & Generals, Pictures, Toys, Wines & Sporting sales, we can also hold single owner/collection sales where appropriate, either at our salerooms or onsite. To print an entry form to enter goods into sale (View Document~please click here).

  • Advertising - All sales are advertised locally and worldwide. All auctions fully catalogued and are sent out to our extensive mailing list. Fully illustrated online catalogue. "Live" internet bidding is available for specialist sales.

  • Sale Results - All results are displayed on this website. Please click here for our Online Catalogue and Previous Sales Results

Online Bidding

We now offer live online bidding through  Once your registration and payment details are complete you can enjoy bidding online from any device. If you win, we will notify you via email and take payment by card or bank transfer. You can also leave an advance bid (commission bid) before the auction starts. Just enter the maximum amount you’re willing to pay and the system will enter the next increment on your behalf. We prefer to see the whites of your eyes so why not join us in the auction rooms here in Downham Market. 

Collecting your purchases

 If you are successful in winning a lot, you have until the Friday after the auction sale to pay and collect your lots. However if you live out of the area and require shipment or postage then our in-house packers Jentel Packing will be happy to provide you with a quote for your lots.

Jentel Packing can be contacted by phone on 01268 776777 or via email for further information please see their website

Our other preferred local courier is HARK Solutions Operating from West Norfolk they offer a  same day or next day delivery service to the whole of the UK but can also transport your consignment into Europe fast and efficiently.  Please call Ray Sherring on T: 07900001277 or email: 



At your liability, we can offer a limited fully tracked postage & packing service within mainland UK and Europe. The service we use is Special Delivery (max. weight 2kilos).  Please contact us to obtain a postage quote.  Some exclusions apply for larger lots such as dinner services and breakable items such as vases and glassware, please contact our offices for a quote with regards to larger or bulkier lots.  

For Jewellery & Watches and Coins & Banknotes auctions only, we offer a reduced Special Delivery charge of £10 per parcel regardless of the amount of lots.  

All parcels over 2 kg will only be sent by DPD, with standard cover of £100. If purchasers require further cover, then they must arrange this themselves. Barry L Hawkins accept no liability for items which are damaged or lost during postage.  Please give clear instructions when settling your account as to your shipping requirements so that we can process full payment and ship within 10 working days of the date of the sale.

You can simply add the postage amount to your bank transfer or card payment.

Please note that Barry L Hawkins DO NOT accept any liability for loss or damage, however caused.   For large, high value parcels (over £2,500), fragile items or overseas shipping we STRONGLY RECOMMEND:


If you instruct an alternative courier to collect, this charges at £18 per parcel packed and no liability is accepted. Please download the postage form sign and return to our offices either via post or email. download the form here