- 1896-1950 (Creation)
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The first four of these volumes are labelled on the front cover 'City Engineer's Department Norwich Property and Easements Book' and the fifth is labelled 'Norwich City Estates Property and Easements Book'. They contain plans of properties owned by the Corporation of the City of Norwich drawn principally for inclusion in title deeds (mainly leases). There are notes written alongside each plan recording date of original lease, name of original lessee, name of present assignee, date when engrossed on skin for lease or traced on cloth and sent to Town Clerk and name of solicitor involved in the transaction.
The Corporation owned properties throughout the City, including dwelling houses, shops, factories and public houses. In the 20th century it acquired large areas of agricultural land for the development of housing estates (parts of which land it sold off for development by private developers). The books include outine plans relating to bridges and sewers and plans of slum clearance areas and street widening schemes.
There is a street and place index at the beginning of each volume.
Warning: These volumes are large and heavy.