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William LONG

1679 - 17557

Building Developer2

Life History


Born in Horsforth, Yorkshire

9th Oct 1679

Baptised in Guiseley, Yorkshire (St Oswald).1

s/o Richard Longe

1st Mar 1710/1

Occupation Building Developer in ,London (Tavistock Row, Covent Garden).2

Survey of London: volume 36: Covent Garden
By F. H. W. Sheppard (General Editor)

Talking of the Bedford Estate:

" the whole of Bedford Ground, as the site and curtilage of Bedford House was now called, was laid out by speculators who first entered into contracts to build and were then granted building leases. Only one contract has survived and that, in the form of articles of agreement, is a late one, dated 1 March 1710/11. (ref. 189) William Long of Marylebone, gentleman, was the speculator concerned and his plot was on the south side of the Piazza, in what was later known as Tavistock Row. Long contracted to build a 'uniform' house of well burnt bricks and good mortar, to pay a proportion of the costs of making a sewer, to pave the street in front of the house and to set up posts as directed by the Duke's surveyor. The materials which he was required to use were grey stock bricks with rubbing bricks for the returns and the flat gauged arches to openings; the timber was to be yellow fir throughout, but oak for sills, and the lead was to weigh 8 lbs. to the foot. The rainwater pipes were to be square and the modillions, cornice and other ornaments were to answer a pattern for making the front uniform. The specified storey-heights and timber scantlings correspond very closely with those prescribed in the Act of Parliament for rebuilding the City for houses of the 'third sort', that is, four-storeyed houses fronting 'the high and principal streets'. In some particulars, however, the house which William Long was required to build would have been superior, the second and third storeys being, respectively, 6 inches and 1 foot loftier than the heights prescribed in the Act. Assuming that Long's house was not the only one of its type, it may be concluded that the Duke's policy was to have a better quality of building on Bedford Ground than elsewhere on the estate, where houses were still being built according to the second or lesser sort. Long's house must also have differed from others completed before 1709, both on Bedford Ground and on the rest of the estate, in displaying features which had been made obligatory in London and Westminster by two recent Acts of Parliament..."

11th Jul 1712

Beneficiary in St Marylebone, Middlesex.3

in the will of his uncle, James Long

27th May 1715

Beneficiary in St Marylebone, Middlesex.4

in the will of his mother, Phillipa

29th Jan 1720/1

Beneficiary in St Marylebone, Middlesex.5

of the will of James Long

17th Jun 1722

Executor in ,London.5

of the will of his brother, James

3rd Apr 1750

Wrote will in St Marylebone, Middlesex.6

29th Mar 1753

Executor in ,London.7

the will of Ann [Long] Kingsman


Died in ,London.7

25th Nov 1755

Probate in ,London.6


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