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Berwin Leighton Paisner, solicitors

Sir Michael Bishop

(Donington Hall, Castle Donington)

bmi airways

Alan Boyd

(Gainslaw House, Berwick-upon-Tweed)


(House Detectives series)

British Gas

British Rail

(Liverpool Street Station)

Cadogan Estate

Nigel Colne

(Old Richmond Palace Gate House)

Roger Hancock

(Marine Parade, Brighton)

Lord Harris of Peckham

(Glassenbury, Kent)

Hogarth Architects

John Lyon Estate

Ron Mackintosh

(Redens, Lodsworth)

MWB Group, property developers

National Trust

(2 Willow Road, Hampstead)

The Office Group

(Paddington Station)

Paskin Kyriakides Sands, architects

Pemberton Greenish, solicitors

Julian Schild

(Blomfield Road)

Sloane Stanley Estate

Paul Smith

(The Black Horse, Amberley)

Sunday Express

(25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester)

Sunday Times

Taylor Clark Properties

James Thompson

(Upper Brook Street)

Walled Garden at Cowdray

Weald & Downland Museum

(‘How to be a House Detective’ day schools)

Bill Wyman

(Gedding Hall)

Michael Zuckerman,

(Worshipful Master, The Coopers’ Company, 2012-13)

In excess of 70 private homes

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