In medieval times, the stretch 70-65 St Andrew’s Street was the Vine Estate which belonged to the nunnery of St Radegund. (see St Andrew’s Street)
In 1635 this is described: ‘This is enclosed with a wall west of studds and clay and in the occupation of the widdow Roper or her assigns conteyning 49 yards‘.
Page 378f of the Grand Arcade excavation report (2019) contains the following commentary on this site:
To the north of Field’s Court, 70 St Andrew’s Street comprised a relatively substantial frontage property with a yard to its rear that contained a high pan-tiled building, a dung hill, cow lodges and a cow yard. In 1851 this property was occupied by George Thompson, a grocer and farmer aged 44 from Yorkshire, along with his wife, two children and two servants. To the rear of 70 St Andrew’s Street were seven properties that fronted onto Christ’s Lane. These buildings, 1–7 Christ’s Lane, were leased to Christ’s College in 1822; the College leased them again in 1837 and finally purchased them in 1862. The contract for this purchase stipulated that the properties were not to be rebuilt; instead, the land was to be used only for the enlargement and improvement of Christ’s College. Yet this redevelopment never occurred and the properties therefore became increasingly dilapidated. In 1851, for example, only three out of the seven were occupied, a pattern which continued into later decades.
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