Our History

Harrisons, Hall and Moore opened up as House Builders, Architects and Surveyors on Church Street in Lancaster
Harrison and Hall Surveyors and Land Agents, first noted in the Lancaster Guardian in April
Company name changed to Harrison, Willis and Moore
Mr Robert N Willis ‘Bob’ worked at Harrison, Willis and Moore until 1942. He was then called up to active service in the Navy to fight for his country in World War 2, he served for 4 years
Opened the Barrow office to assess bomb damage after WW2
HWM Surveyors were active in the developing of Morecambe as a holiday resort, with input into many district leisure and civic buildings during the interwar period and post war
Mr Robert Willis appeared in the Guardian Newspaper celebrating 40 years in the Surveying industry in Morecambe and for HWM
Geoff Peil started working for Harrison, Willis and Moore as a Surveyor, he then went onto become a Director and retired in December 2019
Relocation of Head Office to Waterview in Lancaster
Rebranded to HWM Surveyors
Opened the Bolton office
Opened the Didsbury office
Opened the Colne office
Opened the Urmston office
Relocation of Head Office to Carnforth
Opened the Macclesfield office

HWM Surveyors started life as Harrison and Hall Surveyors and Land Agents, first noted in the Lancaster Guardian in April 1885. They were a prominent business in the town and they were prolific in the development of the town as a modern, thriving place to live. Their works included improving sanitary conditions in local villages, street repairs, housing and the development of the tramway system and sewerage works. They were involved in the Agricultural Society and had a real commitment to aiding the people of the town and also the numerous outlining villages.

Highly intricate maps were drawn up of Lancaster and the neighbouring town of Morecambe which by the beginning of the 20th century was beginning to burgeon into a mecca of sea, sand and leisure and catered to the many visitors from Yorkshire factories as they visited for their annual ‘Wakes Weeks’ holiday. We still hold these maps within our archive and they remain an intriguing link to the past.

Our collection of antique land surveying instruments survives and they are a far cry from the technological advancements we now have within the profession today, however, they serve to remind us how this heavy, cumbersome yet practical equipment paved the way particularly for HWM. Over the remaining 20th Century HWM in its former guises enjoyed prominence with various partners some staying their whole careers!

HWM built up relationships with other local businesses such as solicitors, banks and the local council, these relationships remain today and continue to thrive. As the century progressed, the firm weathered the storms of many political and financial crisis, and in fact diversified to open offices in Barrow, Bolton, Manchester, Urmston, Macclesfield and Colne. We continue to carry on the business of our forebearers and to value tradition. To provide quality advice and professional services to a multitude of clients. In order to ensure that our rich history is preserved and has the strength to continue far into this century.

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