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SM (10) 1/3/1a and 1/3/1b


Contract for one of the offices in the Bank Buildings, 1766


10 Two page document


10 Inscription begins: It is agreed this fourteenth day of August one thousand seven / hundred and sixty six between Mr Robert Taylor on behalf of the Governor / and Company of the Bank of England of the one part and William James and / Alexander Fordyce of London Bankers of the other part as following // That the said Governor and Company shall cause to be erected and built a messuage or tenement on / the south side of Threadneedle Street westward of the Building intended for the Sunfire Office which shall / contain as near as may be such demensions and shall be built in such manner as expressed in the / plans and particulars hereunto annexed and that the same shall be compleated and made for habitation / with all convenient speed, with more stipulations including: the yearly rent of / Five hundred and Fifty pounds are to be paid quarterly with a Memorandum with a request for alterations, 3d December 1772 / Exhibited to us under a joint / commissions agt Henry Neale / William James Alexander Fordyce / and Richard Donne upon the proof / of a Debt upon the separate Estate of / the said William James

Signed and dated

  • 14 August 1766, Robt Tayor / Wm James / Alex Fordyce, Tho Hotchkin / Edw Wilmot / M Dodson


Robert Taylor, William James, Alex Fordyce, Thomas Hotchkin, Edward Wilmot and clerk


LVG below fleur-de-lis





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