New Street

Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative

2 New Street

2 New Street is a Grade II listed eighteenth century townhouse, built about 1750 on land previously forming part of Greyfriars Monastery. [1] It is now used as office accommodation for a barristers’ chambers. Situated on the corner of New Street and Friar Lane the property is built of red brick with a hipped roof of Swithland slate and heavy moulded wood eaves cornicing.

The accommodation comprises 15 rooms over three floors. Notable architectural features include the use of buff coloured headers in the Flemish bond brickwork to create a polychromatic effect on the Friar Lane elevation.[2] The front door casing is an early twentieth century modification in the eighteenth century style.[3]

The property remained a private residence until the mid-1860s, Elizabeth Nunneley (1810 – 1871) resided there from at least 1843 until 1864 with her sister Sarah.[4] Sarah Nunneley (date – 1864) appears as the owner as early as 1831 and at the time of the 1861 census Elizabeth was living together with her and three servants.[5]

Sarah died on 23rd April 1864 and by her will left Elizabeth an annuity of £1,000 per annum but (apart from some further specific legacies) all her other property passed to her brother Thomas.[6] By the summer of 1866 the house may well have been empty because there is no assessment for it in the Poor Rate book.[7]

However, by 1st quarter 1867 Thomas Ingram (1810 – 1909) was in occupation, of it as a “house and counting house” although no owner is recorded.[8] Subsequent rate books list the Rev Charles Vaughan (1816 – 1897) as the freeholder. Thomas was a solicitor and registrar of the County Court – the building served as the offices of the county court which was across the road at 30 Friar Lane.[9] Ingram went on to form a partnership with William Marsland Moore (1851-1888) and the firm of Ingram & Moore continued to be listed at the address until 1903 by which time it was under the stewardship of Henry Deane (1839 – 1920).[10]

By 1909 Henry Flude (1875 – 1929) had been admitted to the partnership which had become Ingram Moore & Flude and had relocated to 29 Friar Lane.[11] The accountants Preston Reuben Robinson occupied 2 New Street in their place as Henry Flude’s tenants.[12] The building may have been standing empty again at the start of WWI – there is no entry for it in Wrights Directory of Leicestershire 1914 and Preston Reuben Robinson had moved to 5 New Street.[13] However, by 1916 the premises were home to various war relief charities.[14]

Flude sold the building on 1st September 1922 to Muriel Winterton (fl 1892– 1967) who later married to become Muriel Duncan and who retained ownership of 2 New Street for the rest of her life.[15]

The first barristers to rent a room were Charles Edgar Loseby (1881 – 1970) and John Perrott Stimson (1890 – 1978) both previously having seats in 3 Hare Court, Temple in 1922.[16] At this time they shared the offices with no less than seven other tenants, The Leicester Women’s Conservative and Unionist Association, an auctioneer, a solicitor, two yarn agents, a boot and shoe machinery agent and an oil merchant.[17]

It was not until 1966 that the barristers’ Chambers occupied the whole of the building, loss adjusters Ellis & Buckle are listed along with 12 barristers as late as 1963.[18] Two years later on 2nd August 1968, Middle Temple, the Inn of Court, purchased it from the late Muriel Duncan’s estate.[19] 2 New Street remained the property of the Inn until 2000 when it was sold to a pension fund.

References

  1. Watts, Susanna, A walk through Leicester being a guide to strangers… (London: T. Hurst,1804) p. 133.
  2. See R.W. Bunskill, Brick Building in Britain (London: Victor Gollancz, 1990) p.58. Similar polychromatic Flemish bonding can be seen on 16 New Street.
  3. Michael Taylor, The Quality of Leicester 1st Ed (Leicester: Leicester City Council, 1993) p. 52.
  4. A guide to Leicester 1843 (Leicester: T Cook, 1843) p. 81; Wright’s Midland Directory 1864, Street Directory of Leicester (Nottingham: CN Wright, 1864) p. 23 col. 1.
  5. The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland: Rate Book: Poor Rate St Martins 1st Quarter 1831, 7D67/239 f 28;1861 Census TNA:PRO:RG9/2296 f43.
  6. Will of Sarah Nunneley, The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland: Leicester 1864 R.p.351.
  7. The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland: Poor Rate Book 2nd quarter 1866, 7D67/376 f 40.
  8. The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland: Poor Rate Book 1st quarter 1867, 7D67/379 f 40 assessment 472. As to Ingram see David Hughes, The Leicestershire Law Society 1860 – 2017 a local portrait (Leicester: Leicestershire Law Society, 2017) p. 48.
  9. Leicestershire Trade Protection Society Street Alphabetical and Trade Directory of Leicester (Leicester: Leicestershire Trade Protection Society, 1870), p. 45 col. 3.
  10. Wrights Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland 1880, (Nottingham: C.N. Wright, 1880) p. 54 col.2; Wrights Directory of Leicester &12 miles round 1889-1890 (Leicester: C.N. Wright, 1889) p. 71 col. 1; Wrights Directory of the County Borough of Leicester 1904 (London: Kelly’s Directories Ltd, 1903) p. 97 col. 2.
  11. Wright’s Directory of Leicester 1909 (London: Kelly’s Directories Ltd, 1909) p. 52 col. 1.
  12. Wright’s Directory of Leicester 1909 (London: Kelly’s Directories Ltd, 1909) p 102 col.2;1910 Valuation Office survey, surveyors’ working copy field book District K: The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland DE2072/23, f157, assessment No. R 3133. This field book appears to have been compiled between August (or possibly July) and November 1910, see the certificate on the reverse of f 201. The official Field Book is held at the National Archives, Kew, TNA:PRO: IR 58/48459.
  13. Wrights Directory of Leicestershire 1914 (London: Kelly’s Directories Limited, 1914) p. 116 col. 1. The rate books for this date have not been examined for the purposes of this draft history.
  14. Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland 1916 (London: Kelly’s Directories Ltd, 1916) p. 241 col. 1.
  15. Conveyance dated 1st September 1922 made between Marianne Harrison, James Stockdale Harrison, Henry Flude, James Porter and Muriel Winterton partially extracted in the Property Register of HMLR title no LT 42561, 2 New Street, Leicester.
  16. The Law List 1923 (London: Stevens & Sons Ltd, 1923) p. 312, same 1922 pp 168 and 260.
  17. Kelly’s Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland 1925 (London: Kelly’s Directories Ltd,1925).
  18. Kelly’s Directory of the City of Leicester (Kingston Upon Thames: Kelly’s Directories Ltd,1963) p. 238 col. 2.
  19. Conveyance dated 2nd August 1968, Lloyd’s Bank, John Whitton and Michael Jones to Wensley Taylor Elverston, Sir George Harold Lloyd Jacob, Denis Stephen Chetwood and Peter Henry Rowley Bristow. A very indistinct copy is available from HM Land Registry.