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image SM (26) 56/11/25

Reference number

SM (26) 56/11/25

Purpose

Survey drawing of premises in Gentleman's Walk, Norwich

Aspect

26 Plan of ground floor and adjacent buildings and front Elevation

Scale

bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

as above, Shop, Staircase, House on the Same Estate, Yard, Old Cottage, Gentlemans Walk, Post Office Court, some dimensions given, (added in pencil) Private Entrance, Hall, Counting / House, Warehouse, belonging the same parties but / at present under Lease, Warehouses / & / Yard and on the first floor [illegible] / The Room over the Shop [illegible] / 24 by 18 and may be extended [illegible] / feet long 33 beyond a long Counting / Room and also four [illegible] / good Bed Rooms / Entirely Freehold the / Outgoings but a Land Tax / £8.8 per annum / Price £4500 and (pencil) compass points marked N S E W

Medium and dimensions

Pen, black ink wash, pencil on laid paper with four fold marks (478 x 374)

Hand

local surveyor

Watermark

J Whatman 1827

Notes

A three storey house over a shop located on the east side of Market Place. The dimensions given show it to be 18 feet 6 inches at its widest (the shop) and 12 feet 6 inches behind which would probably have made it too small for a branch bank. It is similar in design to the premises shown in drawings 27 and 28 though larger. A property in Queen Street was eventually chosen (q.v.). Gentleman's Walk was pedestrianized in 1988 (N. Pevsner and B. Wilson, Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, 1997, p.313).

Level

Drawing

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