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Sale of business in London in 1939

Sale of business in London in 1939

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 12:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dixon
Not sure if I'm in the right message board, but here goes! My grandfather, Howard George Dixon, was a Master Tailor and owned the business of Kerslake and Dixon, located at 12 Hanover street, London. After his death, my grandmother sold the business (and/or building?). There is some sort of family controversy that she was ripped off - bought by someone far below market value, then the purchaser resold the property for a tidy profit. My question is how to go about finding out who bought the property in 1939 (and later) and for how much. In the probate record, there is a lawyer listed as well as my grandmother. Does that mean he was a beneficiary also? How would I try to find a link between the lawyer and my grandfather's brother-in-law, who happened to be a property evaluator? Thanks so much!

Re: Sale of business in London in 1939

Posted: 8 Jul 2012 10:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
If you are talking about the property as opposed to the business the Land Registry will have records. The business would be registered with whatever Local Authority the road was then in as the new owner would have been responsible for rates (Council Tax/Business Rate)so try the relevant Local Studies Library. Presumably there is a Will - that would show the beneficiaries.

Re: Sale of business in London in 1939

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 5:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Do you know the exact date of the sale in 1939 ?

The war started on 3 September 1939.

Many people sold their London interests and moved north as the result of the war. I know many people made a tidy packet by clever buying in this time period. They sold, or repaired and let out, property in the post war period.

Some people might well have harboured resentments about such profiteering.

Re: Sale of business in London in 1939

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 5:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Do you know the exact date of the sale in 1939 ?

The war started on 3 September 1939.

Many people sold their London interests and moved north as the result of the war. I know many people made a tidy packet by clever buying in this time period. They sold, or repaired and let out, property in the post war period.

Some people might well have harboured resentments about such profiteering.
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