Monday, 28 April 2014

Alfred Sidney Wire

I was excited to find this mortage indenture that involves my distant relative, Alfred Sidney Wire.

The indenture dated 9 July 1883 is for Alfred to borrow the sum of £350 to cover the mortgage on a premises in Janson Road, situated off Leytonstone Road. The premises is described as a "messuage or tenement with shop situate next and on the southern side of Janson Road in the Parish of West Ham in the County of Essex with the outbuildings yard and appurtenances thereto belonging", and giving measurements which are also contained in the plan included. Alfred was a builder by trade and, as far as I know, never lived at these premises.

Alfred was the son of John Wire and Dinah Ann George Pocock, and was born in Bethnal Green in 1852. He married Annie Elizabeth Booker and the couple had five children. In the 1891 census the family was living in nearby Cann Hill Road but by 1901 they had moved to Southend where Alfred died in the Southchurch district in 1915.

The money was borrowed by Alfred from two French Roman Catholic priests living in Littlehampton, the Reverend Xavier Barbelin and the Reverend Auguste Boitte. It is hard to know how this arrangement might have come about. The interest rate was set at six pounds per cent per annum, reduced to five pounds per cent per annum if payments were made on time.

Janson Road still exists - but it looks like the premises described have long gone.

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