Category Archives: Money & Investment

A woman’s business. Part 2: To honour thy husband’s debts

The majority of women who married in late eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain did not get to live out the idealized role of the Angel in the House from Coventry Patmore’s 1854 poem. Women of the working class were of … Continue reading

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Ship shape: property ownership of the floating variety

I thought I would turn my attention to a different type of property for this blog post. I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that home ownership was not the common form of property ownership in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. … Continue reading

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The wicked & the wretched: Property & the pawnbroker

Property and pawnbrokers shops are intertwined in the Victorian imagination. The exchange is usually an unhappy one, the proprietor being wicked and the customer wretched. In Sketches by Boz Charles Dickens takes us inside just such an establishment on London’s … 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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Financial advice from a Victorian banker’s daughter

Guide to the Unprotected in Every-day Matters Relating to Property and Income by A Banker’s Daughter (Second edition, London, 1864) “A good Mortgage is an excellent investment…but much care is necessary.” (p.98) “In purchasing a House, bear in mind that … Continue reading

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