About Us

​Gates, Parish and Co is a professionally qualified firm of Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents and Valuers.

​Established in Upminster since 1921, we are committed to providing a complete property service within one office for both residents and businesses.

We are by far the most experienced firm in the area and aim to show this through the quality of the service we provide.

Reasons to use Gates Parish:

- The longest established firm in Upminster

- A long established reputation for high standards of service

- A professionally qualified firm of Chartered Surveyors

- Highly experienced, friendly, attentive and motivated staff

- Competitive commission rates

- Bespoke LCD window display system to sell your property




Please take a look around our website for more information on Buying, Selling, Letting, Insurance and Professional Services.​

You can also contact our office, where one of our staff will be happy to provide more information about our services and how we can be of assistance to you.

Station Road, Upminster, where Gates Parish is situated (1960)

History of the Firm

​The firm was founded in 1921 by Ernest Rose Holden Gates who had previously been in practice in Hornchurch with John Read. Shortly thereafter he was joined by his son, Ernest Bridger Gates, a tall man known affectionately as 'Tiny' Gates. They practised as Gates & Son from premises at 40 Station Road, Upminster.

During the 1930s, Mr Gates Snr and Mr Gates Jnr retired from the practice and a limited partnership was formed, known as Gates & Son Ltd. The directors were David Williams, Hubert Cardnell, Robert Langdon and Albert Parish, the father of our Principal, David Parish


Robert Langdon was killed in action during the war and following the retirement of Williams and Cardnell, the practice became known as Gates, Parish & Co in 1946. The firm moved to 32 Station Road, where they have remained ever since.

Albert Parish was joined by his brothers John and Leonard Parish, and by two Chartered Surveyors, Gerard Williams and Leonard Collett.

In 1968, David Parish joined the firm and he succeeded his father as sole Principal in 1975.

Albert Parish continued as a Consultant up to his death in 1996, thereby ending a 66 year association with the firm.

Gates, Parish & Co continues to operate as a successful business in the heart of Upminster town centre, with Principal David Parish and current sales and letting staff Stuart, Paul & Nicola providing a first rate property service to the community.



Services provided by Gates, Parish & Co:


- Residential Property Sales

- Residential Property Lettings

- Property Management

- Rent Reviews and Lease Renewals

- Landord and Tenant Matters

- Surveys and Valuations

- Dispute Resolution

- Expert Witness Reports

- Lease Extensions for Flat Owners

- Commercial Property Lettings

- Party Wall Matters

- Independent Expert Determinations

- Insurance Arrangements

Gates Parish Staff