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Gresham House is a specialist alternative asset manager providing funds, direct investments and tailored investment solutions including co-investment across a range of highly differentiated alternative investment strategies.
Incorporated in 1857, Gresham House is one of the oldest companies in London still operating today. In December 2014, a new management team set out to transform the former property focused investment trust into a specialist asset management business. The vision was to build a business whereby the Group would become an ‘asset to covet’, generating shareholder value through delivering sustainable and superior investment performance, quality service provision alongside non-financial returns. To create a culture of empowerment, in which individual flair and entrepreneurial thinking is encouraged.
From a standing start in December 2014, through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth, Gresham House has grown into a specialist alternatives manager with assets under management in excess of £600 million, giving the business a strong and scalable platform from which to grow.
Gresham House Estates Ltd acquires an “island” site between London Wall and Great Winchester Street. A subsidiary, Great Winchester Street Estates Limited was formed to hold it. [London metropolitan Archives].
Gresham House Estates Ltd acquires Broad Street Estates Limited, including a freehold building in Old Broad Street opposite Gresham House.
Gresham House Estates Limited incorporates as company number 871 on 14th May under George Burnand. Corney and Barrow wine merchants are one of the Company’s first tenants (and remain as tenants for over one hundred years).
The Gresham House Estate Company expands its portfolio by acquiring 22 – 27 Old Broad Street.
The premises of HM Excise Office are sold to the Gresham House Estate Company, under Chairman W.J. Chaplin.
Gresham College is demolished and replaced with HM Excise Office of Broad Street. Gresham College moves to new premises on Gresham Street before finally moving to Barnard’s Inn Hall in 1991. The college is still funded from Sir Thomas Gresham’s estate.
Gresham College is founded to provide free lectures within the City of London. Its original lecturers, including Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, live at the mansion in Bishopsgate.
Sir Thomas Gresham leaves proceeds in his will for the foundation of a college in his name and housed at his former mansion and gardens between Old Broad Street and Bishopsgate.
Sir Thomas Gresham, former Lord Mayor of London and financial agent to the monarchy from King Henry VIII to Queen Elizabeth I, founds the Royal Exchange at his mansion between Old Broad Street and Bishopsgate.
The Gresham family crest is a golden grasshopper sitting atop a green mound. According to ancient legend, in the 13th century the founder of the family, Roger de Gresham, was abandoned as a new-born baby among long grass in Norfolk but was rescued by a woman whose attention was drawn to the child by a grasshopper.