James Hills Evidence

James Hills Evidence
  • Title: James Hills Evidence

  • Date : 1847

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/PB/5/13/10

  • Description :

    Opposed private bill committee evidence on the Sunderland Improvement works. James Hills, the local ironmonger, gave evidence in favour of the introduction of the Bill, despite its possible repercussions on his business.

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  • Transcript:

    Q: ... accommodation of these respectable houses or is it a fiction
    A: I know it
    Q: It is not a creature of your brain and mine
    A: No.  My own Brother occupied a house in the High Street entirely devoid of any accommodation whatever except of the description I have described, and I think he was rated at £80 a year
    Q: Your own Brother
    A: Yes
    Q: What was he by trade
    A: A Tea Dealer
    Q: Your own Brother occupied a house in the High Street of Sunderland inthe wretched state that you describe and rated at the same time at £80 a year