A plan of the premises demised to Nathaniel Withers

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Commentary

Nathaniel Withers, a 'gentleman, of the Parish of St. Giles without Cripplegate' petitioned to acquire the lease of these thirty-three tenements in Bunhill Fields which had fallen into disrepair under the management of his grandfather since the previous lease was granted in 1652. When the City Lands Committee viewed the premises in February 1712/13 following Withers' new petition, it found them 'to be indifferently tenanted being all let to tenants at will and several of them are inmates inhabiting each a separate room, and that many of the houses are out of repair and water comes into the cellars'. Because of the number of tenements and the fact the houses had become multi-occupancy, the surveyor does not delineate interior space or room names; presumably many or most rooms had become sleeping chambers. The majority of the houses, which were brick-built and mostly of one-room plan size (with larger exceptions in the centre and to the left of the image), had substantial gardens attached behind them; the others had similar-sized yards. By 1712 these tenements, in the suburbs where noxious trades were permitted, appear to have housed a colony of metalworkers, judging from the several silver spinners’ and other sheds indicated. The following month Withers proposed to lay out one thousand pounds in new building within seven years, as a condition of his new lease.

Themes

Labour
Boundaries and Thresholds
Room Disposition and Function

Dominant Representational Strategies

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Tenement
House
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Labouring
Upper Middle

Activities

Type
Detail

Rooms

Type
Work Space
Other / Unknown
Transitional
Utility
Historical Terminology
Garden
House
Room
Shed
Vault (privy)
Yard

Inhabitants

Type
Uninhabited
Detail
Adults
Male
Unspecified

Objects

Type
Detail

Bibliography

Geffrye Museum Report 3:i, Key to City Lands Plans, 2004, pp. 13-14.

Direct Cross-References

Indirect Cross-References

A Plann of the Premises demised to Ann Howard

Howard, Ann ; Olley, John 1713; 1650

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1100

A Plann of the premises demised to Robert Pike

Pike, Robert ; Olley, John 1713

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1101

Demised to John Wilmott

Willmott, John; Olley, John 1716

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1102

A plan of the premises demised to William Warren

Warren, William; Olley, John c.1710

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1103

A Plann of the Premises demised to Mrs Frances Pollard; A plan of the premises demised to Mr Sumpner

Pollard, Mrs Frances ; Mr Sumpner; Olley, John 1650; 1711

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1104

A Plann of the Premises demised to John Rowton

Rowton, John ; Olley, John c.1710

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1105

Demised to Tho Rand in Ropemakers Alley

Rand, Thomas ; Olley, John 1712

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1106

Demised to John Shaler

Shaler, John ; Olley, John 1691; 1712

RP1107

[Plan of an unidentified house belonging to the Corporation of London, c. 1700]

Olley, John c.1700

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1109

Lutestring Company

George Jeffreys 1672; 1701; 1711

Manuscript
Drawing, RP1110

Names
Withers, Nathaniel
Olley, John
Date(s)
1652
1712
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Bunhill Fields
London
Description
Detail of coloured plan on paper
Format
Manuscript
Drawing
Type
Genre
Technical Drawing
Publication
Copyright
This research was undertaken by the Geffrye Museum in 2004
Image copyright Corporation of London Record Office
Location
Corporation of London Record Office (CLRO) Plans, (5492): City Lands and Bridge House Properties, Vol. 1: c.1680-1720, p. 95.
Record ID
RP1108