On This Day: 24 June 1695

On this day, Thomas Bowrey paid his rent to his father-in-law, Philip Gardiner. The receipt survived in Gardiner’s papers now held at the Essex Record Office.

After Bowrey married Mary Gardiner in 1691, he moved into her father’s house in Marine Square, Wapping also known as Well Close Square. He may have moved in on his return from India two years earlier because letters to him at that time were addressed to him care-of Gardiner.

His rent for himself, Mary and a maid was £19/10/0. As 24 June is a quarter day, this was most probably three months’ rent (although it was possibly for six months or a year). The present day equivalent is over £2,700.

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