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.