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Abstract of Title for Butlers, Union Street

“On 10th and 19th January 1810 Indentures of Lease and Release of four parts were made between George Baxter, Val Buxton, John Strong, Richard Doncaster and Henry Crooke (first part), Ruth Timms and Joseph Oliver (second part), Samuel Pilgrim, Bingham, Baker (third part) and John Pilgrim, Bingham, Maltster (fourth part). This records that Samuel Pilgrim had contracted with the consortium of Baxter et al for the purchase of the freehold and inheritance in fee simple for the pieces or parcels of land described for the sum of £51-13-4d

The properties are described as:

All that piece of land situated in Bingham and containing by estimation 155 square yards or thereabouts bounded
on or towards the North by a new Street called Union Street
on or towards the west by a messuage and hereditaments occupied by R Ward [Richard Ward - in 1822 directory a boot and shoe maker of Union Street]
on or toward the south by a yard and hereditaments of the said Joseph Oliver
On or towards the east by a messuage and hereditaments occupied by Samuel Price and John Shipman [not in directories]

And also

That piece or parcel of land in Bingham containing by estimation 155 square yards bounded by
on or towards the North by a new Street called Union Street
on or towards the west by a messuage and hereditaments occupied by Richard Pilgrim [in 1822 directory a painter]
on or toward the south by a garden of the said John Oliver
on or towards the east by a messuage and hereditaments occupied by R Ward

and upon which pieces or parcels of land or some parts of these respectively the said Samuel Pilgrim had then lately erected TWO messuages or dwelling houses each fronting the said street.”

The western part of Butlers (no 7 Union Street) is reputed to have been two small cottages prior to amalgamation with the main property - see Bingham reconstructed for more information. Whether or not this western portion existed before the development is not clear. The dog tooth coggins under the roof line and which are not present on the higher building suggest the smaller building may be older. If it had already existed it is most likely to have been occupied by Ward. The document recording Pilgrim’s purchase and building work seems to suggest an arrangement like this:

Brown
Watchmaker
Price and Shipman Samuel Pilgrim
No 1 House
(bakery)
Ward
(Bootmaker)
Samuel Pilgrim No 2 House Richard Pilgrim
(Painter)

Union Street

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