Category Archives: Landlordism & the property business

Whose house is this? A capital FAMILY MANSION, 1854

Springwell and Northside, Clapham Common

In theory there is a lot of time to write when you’re on maternity leave but I’m an archival historian and… well… babies and archives just don’t mix. So it was a blessing when Thomas Walker at Historic Newspapers sent … Continue reading

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Whitechapel’s Angel Alley: prostitutes and property

Large scale migration to nineteenth-century cities created a pressing need for suitable lodgings and by 1871, some 1,401 lodging houses were listed in the London Post Office Directory. HoweverVictorian London’s lodging houses varied considerably in size and character.Distinguished guests crossed … Continue reading

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Parlour propetiers

“The richest crop for any field, is a crop of bricks for it to yield. The richest crop that it can grow, is a crop of houses in a row.” Anon, Tarbuck’s Handbook of House Property (1875) Although renting your … Continue reading

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The unfortunate tale of Mrs Tibbs

Residential properties can double as businesses and in Victorian times opening your house as a boarding or lodging establishment was a popular means of generating an income whilst retaining a comfortable roof over your head. However, inviting paying guest into … Continue reading

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A gentleman wishes to LET

CRYSTAL PALACE, near Sydenham Entrance – A gentleman wishes to LET, for six or twelve months, his nicely FURNISHED villa, overlooking well timbered park-like grounds. Five bedroom, dressing room, drawing and dining rooms, usual offices; garden and croquet lawn. Rent, … Continue reading

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