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SM (14) 56/11/34


14 Memorandum concerning Mr Tomlinson's premises in Castle Street and Davey Place, June 1828


14 Norwich / Mr Tomlinson's Premises corner of Castle Street / and Davey Place // These are well situated for business - the / buildings are rather slight and there are / several cracks and settlements in the Walls, / the Rooms are low and confined, and the / finishings of a common description and have / been erected about 20 years // A large portion of the buildings consists of / Warehouses // The Cellar is not arched and is not more / then 6ft:in6 high // Castle Street is about 12 ft Wide and there / are at present old Stable Buildings opposite / the front of the House // Premises Freehold. Land Tax Received / price asked (June 1828) - exclusive of Fixtures / £3500 / Proprietors Valuation / of Fixtures about 200 and (note added relating to the 'situation for business') Mr Herring / thinks the best / in Norwich

Signed and dated

  • as above ( 'June 1828')

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on laid secretary paper with two fold marks (321 x 202)


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


ornate ? HEF 1827


Bailey's memorandum seems to explain why this property, despite its favourable location, was not purchased by the Bank of England. The sum of £3,500 for the freehold is equivalent to £157,290 (ten years ago) according to the Bank of England's 'Equivalent contemporary values of the pound: a historical series 1270 to 2003', typescript, 6pp., July 2003.



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