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SM (15) 56/8/24


Memorandum with a description of the premises


15 Memo relating to the Premises in Clare Street / Bristol, in the occupation of Mr Fargus


as above, These Premises consist of a plot of Ground / containing about 215 Square Yards with a Dwelling / House 4 Stories high, exclusive of the Rooms in / the Roof, and a building behind the Dwelling / House containing a large room on the Ground / Floor with an Arched Cellar beneath and a / Second Story over, partly in the Roof. // The House is at present and has been for some / time occupied by an Auctioneer as Ware rooms / and the large Room at the back, as a Sale Room / for Furniture &c // The Dwelling House is well built but now in / want of Repair as is likewise the Roof of the / building at the back, and the upper Floor of / the same. // These Premises have been advertized for Sale / are stated to be Freehold with a Ground Rent / charged thereon of £15.15.6 pr Annum / They belong to Messrs Ricketts & Co of the Castle Bank / The present occupier states he has an agreement / for a Lease for 3 Years // The price asked is £4,200 // The present occupier states that he is / willing to relinquish possession of these Premises / when he can find others applicable for the / purposes of his business, but that on looking / round he has not been able to find any which / would suit him without building a new / Auction Room and he does not feel disposed / to go into any place by way of a temporary / receptacle whilst such a room is building, (red pen, encircled) No 4; (verso): Mem relating to the / Premises in Clare Street / Bristol in the occupation / of Mr Fargus

Signed and dated

  • 16th Oct 1826

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on laid secretary paper with four fold marks (321 x 405)


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


Fellows 1825, Britannia with lance, shield and olive branch within crowned oval



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