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SM (24) 56/7/17 (25) 56/7/18 (26) 56/7/16


Survey plan and elevation, with memorandum, of Mr Hey's premises in Commercial Street, May 1827 (3)


24 Plan of the Ground Floor of the Premises / in Commercial Street, Leeds, belongng to / Mr Hey 25 Elevation of Mr Hey's Two Houses in Commercial Street / Leeds 26 Memo relating to the Premises in Commercial / Street Leeds belonging to Mr Hey, referred to in / Mr Bischoff's (Thomas Bischoff, Leeds branch bank agent) Letter of the 21st April.


(24) bar scale of of ? inch to 1 foot (25) bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


24 as above, labelled: Old Buildings in Front which it is expected wull be rebuilt shortly, Old Warehouse now being / formed into Shop, A narrow Street Called Hip Inn Lane, Low Wall with Iron Railings & Stone Coping, Insurance office, Shop Windows / 2 ft above paving of Street, House No 14, House No 15, Stone Steps to Bedchamber, down 1 2 3 4, Yard in the / Basement / 10ft below / the Street, Yard in the Basement, down 1 2 and some dimensions given 25 as above, Stone,Stone bottom, Chain bond 8 by 6 (pencil) Warehouse now formed into Shops and dimensions given 27 as above and These Premises consist of Two Houses with Shops / on the Ground Floor, the dimensions of which / are figured in the accompanying Plan : - // The situation is not objectionable and the / buildings are of a rather more susbstantial / description than those of Mr Makins, they were / erected about the same time: - a part of the / Basement of each House is Vaulted, - The Fronts / are supported by Stone Piers and Arches, - the / Staircases are likewise of Stone but very ill / contrived, it being in some parts impossible to / stand upright // These Premises would require a large Sum to be expended on them to adapt them to the purpose / required and would after all be very inapplicable. // "The Proprietor will not sell, but would / grant a lease for 20 Years at a clear rent of £200, / for Two Houses, renewable for the same term / at an advance of £20 pr Annum : - The Tenant / Painting and keeping the Buldings in repair / inside and outside. - The Buildings to be / restored to their present state at the end of the / term if required." // Possession would be given on the 1st of July next (and signed 'John Soane' 11 May 1827')

Signed and dated

  • (24) Leeds 8 May 1827 (25) 6th May 1827 (26) John Soane / 11 May 1827

Medium and dimensions

(24) Pen, sepia, blue and pink washes within single ruled border on stout wove paper (534 x 366) (25) pen, pencil, sepia, blue, pink and burnt umber washes on wove paper with one fold mark (464 x 282) (26) brown pen on laid secretary paper with one fold mark (321 x 399)


(24-26) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant, 1806-37, curator 1837-60)


(25) Weatherley & Lane 1818 (25) Britannia with shield holding lance and olive branch within a crowned oval


The survey shows two attached buildings, each with a shop front with a central door and with two windows to the first and to the second floors above and a dormer to the attic floor. The building continues on the right-hand side and this must be the insurance office at No. 16 Commercial Street sharing a similar front to Nos 14 and 15. The building to let has a frontage of 54 feet and is 58 feet from front to back.



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