Laidlaw Auctioneers and Valuers are evangelical in the belief that auctions offer the most exciting of shopping experiences, with all the drama of the theatre combined with the thrill of a day at the races. Founded in 2013 by BBC antiques expert Paul Laidlaw, Laidlaw Auctioneers and Valuers comprises a small team of antique experts who share Paul's vision to transform the public perception of the auction world from the Dickensian to the Digital Age.  

Based in a lovingly re-purposed Victorian mill, the auction room is situated in the heart of Carlisle, between the wild and beautiful borders of Scotland and the picturesque English Lake District. 

Laidlaw Auctioneers and Valuers is one of relatively few auction houses in the country to offer weekend specialist auctions, opening up these events to the widest possible audience via the internet, with online catalogues and live interactive bidding for every sale. This approach means that our auctions are unmissable events for buyers, and an exceptional route to market for prospective sellers. Find out what people are saying.


Auctioneer & Valuer
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Edinburgh born Paul Laidlaw has had a passion for antiques since childhood. Academic by nature, he chose to read science at University, though his love of antiques and persistent devouring of related knowledge never faltered.

Having been head-hunted by H&H Auction Rooms of Carlisle, he joined the firm in 2002, leaving in 2012 to launch this business. Since 2006 Paul has made regular appearances as an expert on BBC's 'Bargain Hunt', 'Antiques Roadtrip', 'Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip' and most recently 'Flog it!'.

He has earned an enviable reputation for conviviality, true specialist expertise and strong results.

Auctioneer & Valuer

Georgina Norman started her career at Christie's New York where she gained her master's degree in Fine Art, Connoisseurship and History of the Art Market, before working in the Impressionist and Modern Department. 

Originally from Northumberland, she returned in 2009 and joined Paul Laidlaw at H&H Auction Rooms, taking over as Saleroom Manager following his departure from the role at the end of 2012, rejoining him once more upon the opening of Laidlaw's.

Georgina has a passion for writing and all things antique, with a particular interest in art, vintage costume and jewellery. She shares Paul's academic approach, with contemporary flair. 

Head of Monthly Sales

Of all the team members here at Laidlaw’s, Stephen Poole has worked with Paul the longest. He has over 20 years of invaluable auction room experience to draw upon, acquired as he developed his career from auction house porter to department head.

Stephen curates the material we receive, and distills it down to produce our monthly Vintage and Modern Home Furnishings and Collectors’ auction. While breadth and depth of knowledge are crucial to his role here, Stephen also has a keen interest in the specialist field of fishing tackle. 



Photographer and Auction Room Assistant

Katie is the newest recruit to the Laidlaw family and brings with her a background in photography; having studied for a BA in Media Studies at the University of East London and Photography at the University of Cumbria. As our resident photographer, Katie sees to it that every lot we sell is beautifully illustrated, both for our online catalogue and for any associated press coverage. 

Katie has a keen interest in mid 20th Century design and interiors.

Live Internet Bidding and Auction Room Assistant

One of Matthew Cook’s many responsibilities here at Laidlaw's is the administration of the live internet bidding platform; connecting us to our international audience.

Matthew has a heady interest in all things unique and antique. His particular specialisms surround period silver and ceramics, while his automobile love comes in the form of his classic 1964 Rover P4.



The promotional images used on our website and elsewhere are by James Norman Photography. Visit the photographer's website for further information.