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ALEXANDER, Joshua (d 1876)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1471
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: ALEXANDER, Joshua (d 1876)
Date(s): 1843-1908
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.21 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Alexander | Joshua | d 1876 | solicitor and property developer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Joshua Alexander was a solicitor in the City of London who, like many in that profession, acquired personally small areas of land ripe for development. The estates were as follows:

Surrey: Old Kent Road Estate: Hyndman Street, Albert Terrace, Church Street, Bradshaw Street, Alexander Street, Frederick Street;
Peckham Estate: Selden Road, Cemetery Road, Lausanne Road, Lindo Street, Hathway Street;
Norwood and Dulwich Estate: Park Road, Rosendale Road.

Whitehall Estate, Tottenham: High Road, Whitehall Street, Moselle Street, Love Lane, Charles Street, William Street;
White Hart Lane Estate, Tottenham: White Hart Lane, Love Lane, Alexander Street, Stamford Street;
Tottenham (misc.): West Green Lane/Philip Lane, Hanger Lane;
Hornsey Estate: Maynard Street, Middle Lane, New Road, Cedar Place;
Hounslow Estate: Trinity Place;
Edmonton: Edmonton Grove/Snells Park, High Road.

Stratford Estate: Reform Terrace, Windmill Lane, Hawksworth Terrace, Waddington Street, Bennetts Terrace, Norfolk Place.

After Joshua Alexander's death in 1876, his son Lionel carried on the administration of the estate, to which the letter books testify. The family were Jewish. Some of the letter books of a personal and family nature, show Lionel playing a considerable role in Jewish institutions and charities. He also contributed articles and letters to the press, including the Jewish Chronicle, on Jewish subjects.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Joshua Alexander, solicitor and property developer, recording the drawing up of building agreements and the granting of leases of the resulting houses. None of the agreements or leases survive but the pattern of development can be traced through the accounts of advances for building and the ground rents received for leases.

Building agreements and lease books: These books record cash advances made by Joshua Alexander and his business partner William Bradshaw under building agreements for the development of their various estates. When leases were granted of newly erected houses, ground rents received under them were likewise recorded. Apart from including names of lessees and addresses of property leased, the books are heavily annotated with references to court proceedings, assignments of interests and other actions necessary for administrating estates. Each book is indexed under names of tenants.

Rentals: These record the payment of ground rents by lessee of houses on the various estates described above. Each rental is arranged by estate and contains name and address of lessee or assignee, address of property rented, amount of ground rent due and summaries of totals..

Letter books: family and personal letters. Copies of letters from Lionel Alexander of personal and family nature, many concerning involvement with Jewish institutions, charities and general affairs, also copies of letters to press and articles.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1471-1: Building agreements and lease books;
ACC/1471-2: Rentals;
ACC/1471-3: Accounts;
ACC/1471-4: Business letter books;
ACC/1471-5: Personal letter books.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in November 1979.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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