Series GLP/1 - George Leeman Property and Land Papers

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George Leeman Property and Land Papers


  • 1660-1887 (Creation)

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George Leeman was born in 1809, the son of a greengrocer. He married twice - in 1835 and 1863, and had at least six children.
His son Joseph Leeman became a lawyer and MP for York like his father. Leeman died in Scarborough in 1882.

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William Gray (1) was born in 1751, the son of a Hull packer. He married Faith Hopwood in 1777. They had three children - Jonathan (b. 1779), Margaret (b. 1782), and William (2) (b.1785). William Gray (1) died in 1845.
His son, Jonathan Gray and his wife Mary had two children, Margaret (2) (b.1808) and William (2). Jonathan died in 1837. His son, William Gray (3) had a son, Edwin, born in 1847. Edwin died in 1929.
See Also - Gray; William (1751-1845); Solicitor
See Also - Grays solicitors

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Members of the Aitken family lived in York from 1576. Henry Martin Aitken b. c1815. Married Elizabeth Atkinson in 1843. Died 1874.
Elizabeth Aitken was born c. 1823 and died c.1896.
Their children included: Lydia (1844-1879), Rose (b. 1849), Henry Horatio (b. 1853), Violet (1857-1888), Edith (1861-1941), Elizabeth Mary (c. 1864-1870), Robert (1866-1876), and Charles (b. 1869-1936).

The family lived in the Bishophill area of York during the period covered by this collection. Henry Martin Aitken was a surgical instrument maker.
Henry Horatio Aitken was a glass manufacturer with a business at 29 Micklegate.
Charles Aitken was Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery from 1901 - 1911. In 1911, he became Keeper of the Tate Gallery, and was it's first Director from 1917 - 1930.
Harry Aitken (Henry's son) became a dentist in Newcastle. The Aitken family travelled around England and Europe, and many of the letters in this collection refer especially to their travels to Neuwied, Germany, and Rotterdam.

Henry Horatio Aitken married Annie Amelia Brown. They had a son, Henry George Aitken (b. 1877) who was known as 'Harry' in the family.

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Letters, notices, and other legal documents relating to property and land issues - leases and releases, mortgages, titles, deeds etc. Includes:
-List of property proposed as security. Loan of £3,600 at 4.5%. Valuation signed by Matthew Oates. Undated
-Letter from George Leeman to Mr Agar re properties owned by Leeman. Undated.
-Lease for 2 closes outside Layerthorpe Postern for 21 years from Marmaduke Jacques to William Cooke 29.09.1660
-Lease for 2 closes outside Layerthorpe Postern from Robert Jacques to Robert Beane 02.10.1665
-Abstract of titles to a close purchased by John Clough and George Townsend from William Justice,Esq. 23.11.1711-11.08.1777
-Lease and Release of a sum of £200 for a piece of land from William Bustire to George Earle 26.11.1762 and 27.11.1762
-Lease and Release for a close outside Layerthorpe Postern from John Clough & George Townsend to Jonathan Hopwood 03.04.1778 and 04.04.1778
-Lease and Release for a close near Monk Bar from William Clark to William Gray 09.10.1787 and 10.10.1787
-Lease and Release for a parcel of land, part of Hall Fields, from Hugh Pallisor & others to John Dales' Trustees 07.03.1793 and 08.03.1793
-Mortgage by Lease and Release for dwelling house outside Layerthorpe Postern between John Dale, Thomas Withers, and William Withers 18.04.1800 and 19/04.1800
-Lease and Release of houses and a close part of Stall Fields near York from Oswald Allen and Henry Eubank to Robert Atkinson 21.05.1810 and 22.05.1810
-Assignment of Mortgage from John Powell and his mortgagee to Miss Anne Cowling and others 21.04.1824. Also Reconveyance from Miss Anne Cowling to George Leeman 20.12.1855.
-Lease and Release for parcel of land on 'Sturgate Street' (possibly Stonegate) from William Champucy to Henry Stead on behalf of James Rusby (deceased) 04.01.1825
-Abstract of title deed of Jospeh Bearpark to a garden near York contracted to be sold to John Powell 1828
-Lease and Release from Joseph Bearpark to John Powell for piece of land in Groves Lane 01.10.1828 and 02.10.1828
-Lease and Mortgage for dwelling houses situated in Powell Place from John Powell to Thomas Hawkins 02.101828 and 03.10.1828
-Lease and Mortgage for dwelling houses situated in Powell Place from John Powell to James Gray 03.04.1829 and 04.04.1829
-Lease and Release for piece of ground near Hungate from John Smith to Robert Gill 08.10.1833 and 09.10.1833
-Lease for 5 years for piece of ground near Hungate from Robert Gill to John Powell 04.02.1834
-Lease and Conveyance for land near Garden Place from John Smith and Thomas Terry to John Powell and his trustee 12.09.1834 and 13.09.1834
-Conveyance for piece of land known as Bilton Street from Oswald Allen and James Allen to Richard Powell 03.10.1834
-Mortgage on 195 sq. yards approx. of Bilton Street from Richard Powell to George Leeman 24.11.1834
-Lease and Mortgage on property in Carmelite Street from John Powell to Mary Dewsbury 23.11.1834 and 24.11.1834
-Schedule of title deeds relating to properties in Carmelite Street, property of John Powell, mortgaged by him to Mary Dewsbury 24.11.1834
-Market Committee deeds regarding purchase of the Lockwood property 05.12.1834
-Copy of affidavit concerning purchase of the Lockwood property 24.01.1835
-Extract from General Meeting Book of the Market Committee - confirmation of purchase Mr Waite's property by the Committee 09.11.1835
-Conveyance for piece of ground in Church Street between the New Market Trustees and Mrs Hannah Musgrave (deceased) and her trustees Henry and James Richardson 07.12.1835
-Lease for 1 year for ground, tenements and dwelling houses situated in Patrick Pool and Church Street from Hannah Musgrave to George Leeman 18.01.1836
-Conveyance of piece of land from Hannah Musgrave and Ann Thompson to John Powell for several pieces of ground in Church Street 19.01.1836
-Transfer and Mortgage for hereditaments in Powell Place from John Powell to William Pape 13.02.1836. Also Reconveyance from William Pape to George Leeman 12.09.1835
-Affidavit of John Seymour, Esq. as to hereditaments formerly the estate of Henry Waite (deceased) 30.03.1836
-Valuation by Matthew Oates of properties owned by John Powell 25.08.1837
-Conveyance and Lease for 1 year of parcel of ground on Dundas Street from John Smith to John Powell 28.08.1837
-Conveyance from Robert Gill to John Powell for piece of ground on Garden Place 25.09.1837
-Release for piece of ground and buildings on Church Street from the City of York New Market Trustees to John Powell 27.11.1837
-Two copies of conditions of sale of an auction of land fronting onto Parliament Street (owned by George Leeman) 18.01.1838
-Two copies of conditions of sale of an auction of land fronting onto Parliament Street (owned by George Leeman) 23.03.1838
-Letter to Anne, Rachel and Catherine Cowling re mortgage of hereditaments in Powell Place 16.02.1839
-Copy of affidavit re purchase of the Waite property by James Richardson on behalf of the Market Committee 19.02.1839
-Valuation by Matthew Oates of properties owned by John Powell 30.08.1839
-Copy of declaration by James Richardson concerning properties named only as '2' and 'R', placed for sale by the Market Committee 14.10.1839
-Lease and Mortgage for houses and hereditaments in Parliament Street from John Powell (with assent of George Leeman) to George Chlomley, Esq. 21.10.1839 and 22.10.1839. Also Reconveyance from George Chlomley to George Leeman 18.12.1855
-Notice from George Leeman re his having purchased the equity of redemption of all John Powell's properties in mortgage to George Chlomley 17.12.1839
-Notice re mortgage agreement between John Powell, George Leeman, and Thomas Johnson 17.12.1839
-Schedule of title deeds and writings re dwelling houses and premises in St Sampson's Square, now occupied by Thomas Nettleton and William Banks, the property of George Leeman 21.04.1841
-Additional abstract title of Henry Martin Aitken to premises in Layerthorpe 1844
-Original mortgage document for parcel of land outside Layerthorpe Postern from Henry Martin Aitken to Rachel Wilson 03.04.1844
-Release of hereditaments in Bilton Street from Richard Powell to George Leeman 28.02.1846
-Supplemental abstract of title to property in Layerthorpe Postern between Henry Martin Aitken, Rachel Wilson, Wlliam Gray and Harrison Thomas 1847
-Schedule of deeds - conveyance of 2 dwelling houses outside Layerthorpe Postern between George Hopps, Charles Filney, William Fox Clark, George Leeman and James Allen 14.12.1860. Also Conveyance for all that piece of land in Layerthorpe between John Earle, George Leeman, and William Fox Clark 25.08.1860
-Letter re loan of £2,000 from George Leeman to Mr Crust and a list of properties owned by Leeman set against the loan 24.04.1867
-Copy of above letter 19.06.1867
-Abstract of title for 5 cottages in Middle Water Lane, contracted to be sold to the York Corn Exchange Company by George Leeman 02.03.1874
-21 year agreement for rent of a 'sett to work for china clay' in Cornwall from Rev F.C. Jackson, John Carlyon and Rev George Lambe to George Leeman 03.06.1874
-Letter from York Corn Exchange to George Leeman, making an offer for Leeman's properties on Middle Water Lane 19.10.1875
-Letter from York Corn Exchange confirming payment for 2 free-hold cottages owned by George Leeman which adjoin the Corn Exchange 12.11.1875
-Abstract of a title for 5 cottages on Middle Water Lane to be sold to the York Corn Exchange by George Leeman 1876
-Letter from Richardson, Gulch, & Co. to York Corn Exchange requesting abstract of title for sale of property on Middle Water Lane by Leeman to the Corn Exchange 14.02.1876
-Letter from George Leeman re properties on Middle Water Lane-deed to be sent over to be signed - 29.02.1876
-Conveyance of a reversion in a moiety of cottages in Middle Water Lane from George Thomas Leeman of Middlesex to George Leeman, Esq. of York 29.02.1876
-Copy of the above conveyance 1876
-Letter from Richardson, Gulch & Co. on behalf of George Leeman to York Corn Exchange - appointment made to examine the abstract and the requisition on title 04.03.1876
-Requisitions on title from George Leeman to York Corn Exchange 28.03.1876
-Letter on behalf of George Leeman to York Corn Exchange - request to see declarations which Corn Exchange promised would be made 08.06.1876
-Second letter on behalf of George Leeman to York Corn Exchange - confirmation of receipt of letter from the Corn Exchange and request for information on payment of succession duties on estate of George Leeman 28.12.1876
-Third letter on behalf of George Leeman to York Corn Exchange - request for confirmation of payment of succession duties on Leeman's varied distributions of his assets 29.12.1876
-Letter from George Leeman to the York Corn Exchane informing them that he will pay any succession duties in respect of Middle Water Lane properties 01.01.1877
-Memorandum of a mortgage on close of land at Layerthorpe from George Leeman to Rev Stephen W. Lawley 04.04.1879
-Balance sheet of Treviscoe China Clay Works in Cornwall 03.12.1881-21.08.1883
-Agreement re Treviscoe Clay Works after the passing of George Leeman 1883
-Agreement for the sale and purchase of land at Layerthorpe between Henry Tennant and the Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of the city of York 10.03.1887.


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