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Reference number

SM (29) 56/11/3 (29A) 56/11/3A (30) 56/11/4 (31) 56/11/1 (32) 56/11/2

Purpose

Survey plans and letter related to Benjamin Palmer Titter's premises, 32 Pottergate Street, June 1827 (4)

Aspect

29 Ground plan of Mr Titter's estate with letter (29A) 30 Ground floor plan with block plans of some adjacent sites (verso) see Bristol: Bank of England branch: survey drawings, designs for alterations and related documents: drawing 23 31 Ground floor plan 32 First floor plan

Scale

(29) (pencil) set out on a Scale of 1/8 of one Inch (30-32) bar scale of 1/6 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

29 as above, North, The South, fronting next Pottergate Street, rooms labelled: Entrance, Vestibule, Keeping / Room, Best Parlour, Coal / House, Back Kitchen, Kitchen, Passage, Store / Room, Vestibule, a long cellar under / this Keeping Room (living room or parloour) / & passage and / stair case, Passage to Back Premises &c &, Kitchen, closet, fire, closet, store room and / Pantry, Cellar under / this Room, The Back Yard or Garden Ground, North Boundary Wall about 9 ft High this side, East Boundary Wall, Wall 9 feet High, (faded red pen on the area washed in light pink) The Ground inclosed with a red dotted / inside line is what was intend to the house / surveyd by the gentleman from ----- [illegible], (brown pen) Coach House & Stables / & Loft over them, Coach House doors, The Common Yard in this Earea (sic), Entrance to / the common / yard, (faded red pen, left-hand side) Door (4 times), Vestibule, Parlour, Keeping Room, A Line of Buildings in 3 occupations, Wash House, Vestibule, Cottage (twice), Pump and West
29A (letter) Norwich June 9th 1827 / Gentlemen / Herewith I have inclosed you a Ground plan of / that part of my Estate I have made an offer to you through / Mr Francis; As ^little need of that part which has been / surveyed by your Architect. I would now observe the additional / part now under consideration is Westerly of A (not found on this drawing but see drawing 30) & is circumscribed / by a red dotted line except that part of the Coach House & and (sic) / and the boundary Wall which is North & East. You will percieve / there is a yard common to the Estate & Line of Boundary / on the west side of the yard - which for distinctions sake I / have laid down in the Red lines which is occupied by respectable / Tenants at a Rental of 62 Pounds pr Annum: The Line of buil-/ dings not noticed by your Architect is very substantiall and / on the first floor are some respectable rooms. One of 19½ feet / square that & 3 more North of ditto are all Wainscotted the / two other southern are of ditto are not (sic). There are 2 good cellers / under these buildings; the Coach House & Stables is a sub / stantial building 43 feet long by 23 feet wide. The price / of the whole Estate as I Informed your Architect would be / £3500 pounds but as I intend moving a long building I had / formerly used as a workshop which is placed on the North / & East wall of the Garden Ground the price will be £3400 - / But that part of the Estate proposed to you by Mr Francis / & which is laid down in black lines with the Jointure of // verso // the Common Yard & the Pump Standing therein / will positively be 2400 Pounds or a Rental of / 140 Pounds pr Annum. The Land tax & the Land / lords share of the paving that to be paid by me and / all Parochial & Assessed Taxes to be paid ^by you. // P.S/ It was not in my power (as I mentioned / to your Architect) to offer you any other part of the / estate at a Rental or to sell at that ^ time as I was under some / restraints but now being at Liberty was the Reason / of my making further proposals. To give you now & before / to Mr Francis. I would say the whole estate is Freehold / subject to a Land Tax of £7..14 on the whole Estate / but if you Buy or Hire the part in Question that / will be about 5.10.0 pr Annum. It stands assessed at / present moderately only 19 Pounds to the Poor Rates / and as a situation have more advantages than most / Estates at the ^ best part of the City. After you have con / sidered the matter I would thank you for a speedy / answer as I may be laying out money on it ------ [illegible] easily. According to my plans & you'll Much / Oblige yours Respectfully / B. P. Titter / No 8 Trafalgar Place / Lakenham Norwich 30 Sketch of Mr Titter's Estate in Pottergate Street, Norwich, This part is stated to produce £62 pr Annm / Including these Houses / £340, Gateway, Yard common to both Premises, A Coach House & Stable, £2400, Low Wall, Dwelling Houses 31 numbered 1, Plan of the Ground Floor of the Premises in Pottergate Street, Norwich, belonging to MrTitter, labelled: Gateway, This part of the House has recently been Separated from the other, is Let, and is now / being fitted up for a Boarding School, Proposed Entrance, Staircase, Parlour (twice), Old Rubble Wall, Steps up to Store Room, A, Passage to Garden, Kitchen, Wash house, Coals, Stairs to Chamber, Proposed Garden, Passage to the Boys Playing Ground, Door, E / 4 and dimensions given 32 numbered 2, Plan of the One Pair Floor of the House in Pottergate Street belonging to Mr Titter, Attics over a.b.c 8'.3" high / Rooms in Roof over d.e.f., Landings, Passage, Steps to Chambers, Steps down and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (29A) dated for 9 June 1827 (see above) (31-32) June 1827

Medium and dimensions

(29) Brown and red pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on thin laid paper with four fold marks (410 x 443) (29A) brown pen on on wove secretary paper with seven fold marks (225 x 370) (30) pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (540 x 373) (31-32) pen, sepia and burnt umber washes (31 with slight pencil additions) within double-ruled border (366 x 535, 366 x 532)

Hand

(29, 29A) Benjamin Palmer Titter, flourished in Norwich 1799-1830, furniture maker (30-32) George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil then assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60)

Watermark

(30-31) Smith & Allnutt 1823

Notes

The survey plan made by Mr Titter (drawing 29) shows that the principal building has a seven bay front that is about 60 feet wide and (as he notes) substantially built. The thick walls that include an 'Old Rubble Wall' (drawing 31) might suggest an early origin. The two left-hand bays of the main building together with the wing behind it (which has six windows looking into the walled 'back yard' or 'proposed garden') 'has recently been Separated from the other ... and is now being fitted up for a Boarding School' (drawing 31). A detached coach house and stables lies to the North. Westwards is 'A line of Buildings in 3 occupations' together with two cottages. All of this comprises Mr Titter's Pottergate estate.
Benjamin Palmer Titter was a furniture maker with addresses in Norwich from 1799 to 1830. He specialised in extension dining-tables, examples of which have been sold at Christie's in recent years; one with the label 'B.P.TITTER & COMPY. Inventors & Manufacturers, No. 32 Pottergate Street, Norwich.' Mr Titter's letter (catalogued above 29A) states that he intends 'moving a long building I had formerly used as a workshop which is placed on the North & East wall of the Garden Ground'. So that part of his Pottergate property had been his furniture workshop. In 1830, Mr Titter was recorded as an auctioneer and appraiser at his address in Pottergate Street.
A property in Queen Street was finally selected by the Bank of England for its Norwich branch office (q.v.).
Literature: G.Beard and C.Gilbert (eds), Dictionary of English furniture makers 1660-1840, 1986, p.896

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