[Plan of property on Basinghall Street] 115F
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
This plan comes from a rent book belonging to the Mercers' Company. One of the most prominent city livery companies, the Mercers' dealt primarily in textiles. Having amassed great wealth, they began to buy property in the City of London, which they then leased to tenants.This is a plan of a shop, with the names of tenants and neighbours recorded. The note about pages in a book probably refers to an accompanying record book of tenancy agreements. Basinghall Street derives its name from a house which stood here, owned by a wealthy and influential 13th-century family, the Basings.