On This Day: 10 July 1711

On this day in 1711, Jeffrey Wanford paid his quarter’s rent to Thomas Bowrey.

Once he returned to England from the East Indies, Bowrey had diverse business interests including a number of house in Goodmans Fields close to his home in Wapping. It is likely that Wanford was a tenant of one of these houses.

Wanford’s rent was £3/1/3 but this included 16/0 tax – presumably the Poor Rates due on the property. The quarter’s net rent of £2/5/3 is the equivalent of less than £100 per month in today’s values – considerably less that you would pay for the smallest flat in Whitechapel today.

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