Our History

About Us

Boydens is a Family-owned, Independent Estate Agency operating across North Essex and South Suffolk. We offer Residential Sales and Lettings services alongside our Commercial, Land and Leasehold and Estate Management services.

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Where it all began

The Boydens story began back in 1852 when George Boyden, a master builder and Quaker, started his own business. His son, Aston, continued the building business and, at its height employed 28 staff before being interrupted by the Second World War. Aston died in 1947.

Aston’s son, Desmond (pictured), was too young to immediately continue with the building business. Instead he studied engineering and worked for Woods of Colchester.

For two years Desmond commuted to London working for a commercial Chartered Surveyors firm based in The Strand, before returning to Colchester to spend 11 years with local Chartered Surveyors firm, C M Stanford & Son, specialising in residential property and farms.

In 1966, Desmond set up his own residential property business initially at Blackheath, Colchester and then onto Balkerne House in Crouch Street. The business moved next door to Aston House in 1988, where the business has been based ever since. 

Desmond’s son, David, joined the business in 1976 and has helped steer Boydens on an expansion programme which saw Boydens open branches in Braintree, Sudbury, Frinton on Sea, Kelvedon & Clacton on Sea (with the acquisition of John V Story in 2013).

Throughout our history, Boydens has always placed local knowledge, extraordinary customer service and a total belief to always have our clients’ interest at the very forefront of everything we do.

What the future holds

Boydens is a business with great heritage – we are built on service and trust and always looking to the future. We’re delighted to have both loyal clients who have returned to us over many years to sell and rent property and brand new customers who experience what we have to offer in terms of our exceptional local knowledge.

Our aim is a simple one – to deliver an exceptional level of customer service at all times.