A lot has changed in Leeds since 1818. Equally, many things have changed in the way that people buy and sell property. This image depicts the front page of The Leeds Mercury, dating back two centuries to July 1818! Visually, the page is a far cry from our modern newspapers, with little to no imagery, apart from a small illustration of a horse and carriage. Interestingly though, many of the stories and advertisements included are not unlike what you could expect to find in the newspapers of 2018.
As an Estate Agent, we’re naturally attracted to the property listings. They include various details of sales which took place at the time, including auctioned properties, lettings and the sale of multiple plots of land. This is an intriguing insight into how property sales have developed over the years. It is interesting to consider the language used, which is not unlike the way that properties are described in 2018!
Here’s an exert from the paper:
“TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION AT THE BLACK HORSE INN, OTLEY.
On Monday the Twentieth of July Instant, at Four o’Clock in the Afternoon precisely, subject to such Conditions as will be then and there produced. The Right and INTEREST during the joint Continuance of Two Lives, the one Sixty, and the other Fifty-nine, of and in One-third part of the clear Rents of an ESTATE in OTLEY consisting of TWO DWELLING-HOUSES, and FIVE COTTAGES, with a Barn and other Conveniences in Kirkgate, occupied by Mrs. Bullock and others, and Part untenanted. In Westgage, a Close of Meadow Ground containing Three Acres, with Five Cottages standing therein, in the Occupation of Thomas Procter and others.
The Tenants will show the Estates and other Particulars may be had at the Office of Meers, Atkinson and Balland, in Leeds.”
The newspaper also advertises the sale of a various lots in Holbeck, of which we’re sure many of the properties still remain, or have been developed over the past couple of centuries.
Other notable features of the paper include a number of job adverts, a short piece about astronomy and even advertisements for children’s books of the time!
A fascinating insight, I’m sure you will agree!