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Introduction to the 1771 Tyne Flood Papers

A note about money


To get an idea of the sums being collected and distributed in terms of today’s money, you need to multiply the figures by around 100. The final sum collected, just under £2,000, should therefore be considered as worth around £200,000 today. This may seem a large amount, but the gentry and merchants of Newcastle subscribed around 3 times that amount a year or so later for the building of the new Assembly Rooms in Westgate Road, where the central chandelier alone cost £650.

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