Category Archives: Advice from the past

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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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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