Two Manuscript Leases. 1 Mr. Cradock To Mr. Reeve Counterpart Lease 50 Leather Lane Dated 1818; 2. Thomas Cradock Esqre. To Mr. Henry Reeve Counterpart Lease Of Premises No. 50 Leather Lane Holborn Dated 5th Day Of June 1849..
1. Some browning and staining, otherwise fine condition. 2. Small hole in centre, not affecting legibility of text, otherwise good clean examples.
Two Manuscripts 28.5 x 18.75 inches and 28 x 21 inches on folded vellum, with red rules, seal and embossed stamp. Witness statement on verso.
By the terms of the first lease, signed on 31 December 1818, Mary Cradock of Holborn Hill, widow and her son, Thomas, let to John Reeve of Eyre Street Hill, Middlesex, shoemaker, a tenement at 50 Leather Lane in the parish of St Andrew Holborn. The lease is for thirty-one years at a yearly rent of £50, payable in instalments on the quarter days. There are the usual provisions about keeping in good repair the property and all the fixtures and fittings listed, the right of the landlord and his agents to enter the premises and the tenants right to quiet enjoyment. An interesting stipulation is the list of trades considered 'noisome or offensive,' which may not be carried on at Leather Lane, without the consent of the landlord: 'Butcher, Slaughterman, Melting of Tallow, Tobacco pipe maker, Tobacco pipe burner, Soap maker, Smith, Sugar Baker, Fellmonger, Dyer, Distiller and Common Brewer.' As the thirty-one year term of the first lease came close to its expiry date, the second one was signed on 5 June 1849, between Thomas Cradock, Esq., now of 29 Cloudsley Terrace, Islington and Henry Reeve (possibly the son of John) of 57 Princes Street, Soho, Boot and Shoe Maker. These are both counterpart leases, signed and kept by the tenant, the landlord signing and holding the principal lease document.
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