History

A Brief History of Thomas R Callan

The documented history of the Callan family were dairy farmers at  the turn of the 1900’s. Their farm, Fenwickland, was located in, what is now,built up Belmont. The family retailed butter and milk to the people of Ayr. Several carts went out every morning selling milk, dispensed in jugs.

It was after the 1914 -18 war that Callan’s founder. Thomas R. Callan turned his back on farming and started his apprenticeship with Dewar’s Auctioneers in Ayr’s Kyle Street. Dewar’s sold livestock as well as furniture and the first sale the young Thomas conducted was cattle.

It was when Dewar’s went into liquidation in 1933, that Thomas decided the time was right to set up his own business and opened his auction hall in Ayr’s High Street, on the site currently occupied by BHS. Two auctions a week were held – on Tuesdays for second hand clothing and on Thursday household furnishings and furniture. The first Callan auction was on the 17th November in 1933 and the total takings amounted to £22/5s/9d.

During the Second World War, Thomas Callan served in the Royal Navy. On  Demob in 1946 he expanded Callan’s and bought his first removal van. Ten years later his son David Callan, joined the business and in 1971. David took over upon the death of his father. With the development of Ayr’s High Street the business moved to its current address at 22 Smith Street, Ayr. David’s son Michael Callan became partner in 1998 and is the third generation of the family to join the business.

Callan’s no longer sell second hand clothes, but weekly auctions of general household furnishings selling 400-500 lots every Thursday at 22 Smith Street, Ayr plus a number of special, quality, period items at their antique sales throughout the year. Thomas R. Callan also continue to operate a thriving removals service, operating four removal teams with a fleet of purpose built Mercedes Benz removal vans. Each team undertake full or part loads and deliveries throughout the UK.

Working with our auctioneering services, the removal teams possess a wealth of knowledge and experience in packing valuables and handling pianos, antiques and fine art.

The acquisition of a new 12,000 sq.ft. storage centre now provides customers with the latest in storage facilities. With monitored security and 24 hour thermostat controlled warm air heating, the facilities are perfect for storing single items or the complete contents of a full house.

Being an independent family business, core staff have remained loyal in the firm, with many employees exceeding 30 years service.The wealth of eperience is now combined with an up and coming young team.

In August 2011 the partnership transferred to a Limited Company of which Michael Callan is Director.