Friday, 5 April 2013

An unusual Mortgage Deed

1876 Mortgage Deed

 This is a Mortgage Deed made on 25 October 1876 between Messrs Sharvell & Imeson and Albert James Smith, Esq., of a piece or parcel of ground situate near the Park, Middlesbrough, in the County of York.

The solicitor who drew up the Deed was Gilbert B Jackson of Middlesbro' and Lofthouse.

As you can see from the photograph, it looks strangely crisp.

It seems to have been damaged in a fire, which has shrunk it to a fraction of its former size so that it now measures only about 10cm by 9.5cm (about 4 inches by 3 ½ inches).

This is evidently what happens to parchment when cooked!

reverse of 1876 Mortgage Deed

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