I’ve mentioned before that our occupants may have rented the houses or bought them. I hadn’t given this much thought, but Averil suggested looking for adverts to see if this tells us anything. She found a fascinating insight into both how the houses may have looked and were used.
From the Newcastle Courant:-
Saturday 29 August 1807: For Sale: Several sites for building ground at the East End of Ellison Place and Pandon Dene. Particulars as to all the premises may be known by applying to Mr P G Ellison, Northumberland Street, Newcastle.
Saturday 27 February 1819: To be sold by private contract a freehold, modern built dwelling house with detached kitchens and a small two stalled stable situated at Ellison Place. The whole is substantially built and in good repair being occupied by the owner. The house may be entered at 9 on May Day next. For particulars enquire Mr Hutchinson, Newcastle.
Saturday 18 February 1826: To be sold by private contact: A handsome and well built modern freehold house in Ellison Place, Newcastle, late property and residence of William Lloyd Esq deceased, with a garden behind, communicating with a back street, and also a garden in front. The house is in complete repair, and in all respects ready for the reception of a genteel family. It consists of twelve excellent rooms, large and convenient cellars, and attics in the roof, kitchen, back kitchen and Servants Hall. The Dining Room is 25 feet by 18, the Library 18 feet square and there are two Drawing Rooms communicating with each other by folding doors, one 26 feet 8 ins by 18 feet and the other 19 feet by 16 feet 8 ins. For further particulars enquire Messrs Clayton, Solicitors who will furnish tickets for admission to view the premises. The Land Tax is redeemed.
And also …
 3 Ellison Place: To be let or sold, with possession on or before 11th November next. The house no3 Ellison Place having every convenience fit for the residence of a genteel family now in the occupation of Francis Johnson esq. Further particulars may be had on applying to Chas Smith and Sons, Saville Road.
In 1819, a property was offered for sale in February but no viewings before May? Things have speeded up since!! We don’t have Mr Lloyd as an occupant of ours, so his house will have been one of the ones (presumably) demolished since. The room dimensions are substantial giving us an idea of what the houses are like. And – issuing tickets to view? I have a lovely mental image of queues of curious people just wanting to see inside these houses! We also don’t know who Mr Johnson of no3 was either: he hasn’t popped up on our lists so perhaps he was a short-term tenant.
Averil’s best find, in my opinion, is the following. No5 Ellison Place was occupied by Lt General Frances Laye – I’m drawing up an entry for this gentleman who deserves several pages all to himself. Following his death in 1828 an advert appeared as follows – and this provides a wealth of detail.
To be let a commodious house, No5 Ellison Place, containing 3 sitting rooms, 4 lodging rooms, 3 servants rooms, 2 kitchens and 2 large cellars, a good yard and two stalled stable. For further particulars enquire Mr Harle [Broad Chare].
Elegant household furniture, linen, rich cut glass, china and numerous other effects to be sold by auction at No5 Ellison Place, Newcastle on Tuesday 6th May 1828.
All the household furniture etc in excellent condition comprising mahogany 4 pole and camp bedsteads with rich Chintz hangings, prime feather beds, hair and straw mattresses, blankets and quilts, mahogany lobby and dressing chests of drawers, washstands, dressing tables and glasses. Three drawing room window curtains, large Brussels and Kidderminster carpets, 12 mahogany chairs, set of mahogany dining tables on pillar and claw, mahogany sideboard, library chair, mahogany bookcase and secretary, card and Pembroke tables, sofa, 18 drawing room chairs, handsome mirror, rich cut glass and plated articles. Linen, china, a dinner set of Blue Staffordshire ware, linen press, large painted linen press, clock, music and other books with all kitchen requisites. Sale to commence each day at 11 o’clock – the furniture may be viewed between the hours of 11 and 4 o’clock on Monday 5th May. Catalogues may be had on and after the 1st May of Mr Walker, printer, Pilgrim Street and of the auctioneer, Drury Lane, Newcastle.