James Douglass in Chertsey
The watchmakers businesses of James Douglas ca 1730-1805 and 1765-1735 were located in Chertsey. I have been interested for some time to find out where they were located. Notes located in Chertsey Museum suggested that a previous researcher called Bernard Baker had tried to locate them too.
The later watch and clockmaker Cartwright of Chertsey had suggested they were located at 128 Guildford Street, though this seems to be incorrect as no Douglas seems to be a tenant in 1800.
Mr Douglas will give £9 pr year for 21 years lease and keep in repair which I think is as much as he should give" £9/0/0
The Manor of Chertsey Beomond
Specifications of the Above
Desirable and Important Freehold Properties
The sale particulars mention that all tenants were given notice
The Lot is described as follows: -
A Freehold Dwelling House brick built and tiled, with a frontage of 25 feet. Comprising two parlors, shop, workshop, small cellar and five sleeping rooms. In the yard is a small building used as a back kitchen with a wood shed.
The above is in the occupation of Mr James Douglas, at the very low annual rent of £16, under an agreement for a term of which 4 years will be unexpired at Michaelmas next.
The two adjacent properties have frontages of 32 and 25 feet, so James Douglas’s property can be taken to start at 57 feet from the King’s Head towards the centre of Chertsey. Lot XXVI was bought by John Vickery Broughton
The previous researcher suggested that property would seem to occupy 111-113 Guildford Street Chertsey in modern numbering. At the present date there are three properties numbered 109, and it appears to be one of these (though maybe not the same building).
The property occupied by James Douglass appears to be covered by both the passage
and the shop to the right. The left side of the blue upright is approx 57 ft from the King’s Head
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