GISSING'S BIRTHPLACE. Two deeds, signed by Gissing's father, Thomas Waller Gissing, and the land agent William Wordsworth, 1866

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Lot 156
GISSING'S BIRTHPLACE

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GISSING'S BIRTHPLACE
Two deeds, signed by Gissing's father, Thomas Waller Gissing, and the land agent William Wordsworth, the first a mortgage on T.W. Gissing's property in Westgate and Thompson's Yard, Wakefield, whereby Wordsworth lends him £1750 at 5% interest per year, 11 January 1866; the second a further mortgage on the same property, by which Wordsworth lends Gissing £1000 at 5%, with T.W. Gissing, Fred Thompson and R.B. Mackie being named as joint sureties, on vellum, duty-stamps, seals, etc, 11 January and 29 March 1866

Footnotes

  • DEEDS FOR GISSING'S BIRTHPLACE: George Gissing was born at 55 (now 60) Westgate, Wakefield, and lived there and at the adjoining 2 & 4 Thompson's Yard for the first thirteen years of his life. The property had been acquired by George's father, a pharmacist, in 1856 on his move to Wakefield, a year before George's birth. The family moved out after his father's death in 1870. Thompson's Yard is now the Gissing Centre, opened in association with the Gissing Trust in 1990. These two deeds are cited in the report prepared by Clifford Brook on 23 February 1977, when the fate of George Gissing's birthplace was still uncertain (The Gissing Newsletter, vol.xiii, no.2, April 1977, pp. 15-16).
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