Our History

40 Years of Trading


Hutchinson Scott are an independent family run firm of Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers founded in 1976 by M Philip H Scott. Coming from a Lakeland agricultural background and educated at Kendal Grammar School Philip started his employment in 1972 with Kendal & District Auction Mart as a junior auctioneer and valuer selling livestock, general antique and household furnishings. In 1975 Philip moved from Kendal to Northallerton to work for Northallerton Auctions, were he was employed in a similar role as Auctioneer and Valuer.

Always having had a great interest in the Antique and Fine Art aspect of the profession in 1976 Philip set up Hutchinson Scott. Hutchinson Scott went from strength to strength holding regular Fine Art sales and occasional General auctions in the Town Hall, Northallerton. The business also ran many successful and memorable in situ house content sales. This continued until recent times when Philip decided to take semi-retirement.


40 years on and Philip’s son Michael and his business partner Paul Hodson have taken the business forward.


Michael Scott Furniture Specialist

Michael having grown up helping at the auctions decided upon leaving school to study Furniture Restoration at York College. On completion he went on to use these skills working for a successful Antique dealer in the busy restoration workshops. At the age of twenty Michael started his own antique business which lead to successfully restoring and dealing in Fine Antique Furniture and Clocks. Michael has always had a keen interest in fine furniture and has over 25 years experience in this field.


Paul Hodson Clock Specialist

Paul Hodson is the son of long established and well respected Lancashire dealer Barry Hodson. He like Michael grew up in the world of Antiques and has made a successful career for himself specializing in Fine Antique Clocks and Furniture. Paul has always been interested in Clocks, Barometer and Scienctic objects and has developed a very good knowledge in this field.

Going into partnership and running Hutchinson Scott together means that between them Michael and Paul have over 40 years of inherited and acquired knowledge and skills. Boasting extensive trade and private contacts which are invaluable in the sourcing and marketing of goods to further continue the success of Hutchinson Scott.



All auctions will specialise in up market Fine Art & Antiques termed as Country House Sales. Specialist sales of Fine Clocks, Horological items, Barometers and Scientific Instruments are planned for bi-annual events and will be held at Bedale Hall. Sales in situ on individual client’s premises may also be conducted depending on individual suitability and requirements.

Selling & Valuations

Hutchinson Scott have always and will continue to be a small, individual and customer friendly business offering a courteous and professional service to all potential customers and clients. We offer highly competitive commission rates for sellers scaled to the value of individual items. We also offer a comprehensive Valuation Service for Insurance Purposes, Probate and Family Division offering detailed illustrated inventories where required. Pre-sale appraisals and valuations are always offered free of charge.