Background

Established in 1889, Ensors is one of East Anglia's oldest and most respected firms of Chartered Accountants.  But don't just take our word for it - see what some of our clients have to say about us by looking at the results of our Client Satisfaction Survey.

Timeline

2014

Ensors 125th anniversary.  To celebrate this event we published a commemorative book.  It is available online or, if you would like a hard copy, please contact Jane Newley.

2011

Cambridge office moves to offices on St John's Innovation Park, providing easier access, more car parking and a better working environment.

2010

We take on serviced offices at 5 St John's Lane, London, EC1, as the need for a London presence becomes ever more important.

2006/2007

We merge with The Kinnaird Partnership in Cambridge and Robert Williams & Company in Huntingdon.

Bury office moves to purpose built offices (Saxon House) at Fornham All Saints just outside the town centre, providing easier access, flexible office space and more car parking.

2000/2001

We buy Blyth House, Saxmundham from Suffolk Coastal District Council and redevelop to provide suitable office facilities.

The development took 10 months and work continued ‘as normal’ during the build.  Carl Page, then manager at Saxmundham office, recalls “the builders did all the structural work during the evening when we had left for the day.  As a result we had to place dust sheets over everything when we went home and in the morning these had to be removed together with the thick layer of dust that had accumulated!”

1993

We merge with Radfords Chartered Accountants, a West Suffolk firm with offices in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Stowmarket.

1989

Ensors Centenary celebrations.

1988

Felixstowe office moves to 1 Gainsborough Road, taking over premises occupied by Haward & Ramsay who merged with Jackamans, and Saxmundham office is established at Blyth House in Rendham Road – premises owned and occupied by Suffolk Coastal District Council.

1986

The Ipswich office moves to Cardinal House in St Nicholas Street, site of the town’s former Hippodrome Theatre.  The move is necessary to accommodate the rapid growth experienced by the firm in the early 1980s and take advantage of a car park for clients (and partners!) that comes with the new site. 

1980

The Ipswich offices are combined under one roof in Saxon House, Franciscan Way – a part of town that was ‘out of bounds’ for professionals who still gravitated towards Museum Street and Elm Street.

This move represents a major step change for Ensors as here was a purpose built office block complete with air conditioning – that apparently caused more problems than it solved as no-one could agree on the ambient temperature!

1977

Following Garfield Goult’s death in 1974, the firm’s name is shortened to Ensors.

1975

Bury office joins the search for larger premises and moves to 54 St John’s Street which is believed to be Elizabethan, the Victorians ‘skinning’ the original timber frame with bricks in later years.  In the 1800s St John’s Church was built on land next door and 54 became the Rectory occupied by the then Vicar Thomas Stantial and his family.

For a short while 54 St John’s Street became a B&B until it was converted to offices and Ensor, Son & Goult moved in.

Kevin Grayston, manager in Bury office, succinctly describes the building as “a bit of a monster.  Freezing in the winter and when we had a summer, unbearably hot.”

1964-1970

The Playhouse in Felixstowe along with Felix Chambers are redeveloped so Ensor, Son & Goult take the opportunity to move to 92a Hamilton Road, providing more space as the firm continues to expand.

The Ipswich Elm Street premises are extended to overlook Princes Street but only five years later additional office space has to be taken in Queen Street, Ipswich.

1958

Requiring more space, Bury office moves to 86 Whiting Street into premises that used to be a tea shop.  The counter became the reception desk and Quinton Clayton, a member of staff at the time, remembers “it was very long with a curve and a fluted top.”  There was plenty of space now for staff and Quin occupied a room that had an open fire and a window that overlooked the garden where he would see the snowdrops in Spring.

1956

The Ipswich office moves to 7 Elm Street, taking over premises that for over 50 years had been a restaurant run by Mrs Weavers.

An article in the Evening Star at the time describes Mrs Weavers’ restaurant “Among her customers were lawyers who dropped in from their nearby offices on their way to court, policemen from the station just round the corner and prisoners in police cells who had their meals brought to them from the restaurant.”

1948

The Felixstowe office opens in Felix Chambers, Hamilton Road – next door to the Playhouse.   The offices were situated on the first floor above a Dentist and Solicitor, Haward & Ramsay.

1923

Garfield Gustavus George Goult joins Isaac and Lionel in partnership and opens the first branch office at 1 Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds.  The business becomes known as Ensor, Son & Goult.

1 Cornhill commanded a prime position – looking straight down Abbeygate.  It was a tall, thin building owned, at the time, by Norwich Union who occupied the ground floor.  With no waiting room or reception to speak of, clients simply had two chairs under the stairs where they waited to see their accountant.

1913

Now a qualified Chartered Accountant, Lionel joins his father in partnership and the name of the firm is changed to I L Ensor & Son.

1905

Isaac moves to 30 Museum Street, Ipswich and, on leaving Berkhamsted school, Lionel starts work with his father as a trainee accountant.

6th February 1889

Isaac Lott Ensor is admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

At this time Isaac is trading from 17 Museum Street, Ipswich alongside Mr John Frederick Titchmarsh a fellow Chartered Accountant.

Frank Hussey, past Ensors partner and local historian, writes “By 1889 Ensor was attending a very useful collection of audits in Suffolk and Essex.  These included four gas companies and some fair sized firms.  Help was given to several ‘lame-duck’ undertakings and also to various Executors and Trustees.  Accounts were prepared for a few farmers, a rarity in those days when tax was assessed on Annual Value under Schedule B.  Travelling to away jobs was mainly by train with horse conveyances from the station but some country journeys were made in a trap hired from the local livery stables.  Perhaps the most significant diary entries concerned the ‘making up’ of books for the Felixstowe estate then being opened up by Messrs Bugg & Jolly.  One concerned the laying of water mains and rates to be charged, a preliminary to the Felixstowe & Walton Water company of which Ensor was secretary for many years.”