8s-a-year ground rent


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Dear all,
this is from The King's War, by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. The scene is Great Britain in 1941.

In a spirit of despair Logue warrote on 11 January to the charity that owned the freehold of the house, asking for a suspension of his £102 8s-a-year ground rent for the duration of the war.

I suspect 8s-a-year ground rent means Logue had to pay 8 shillings a year. What foxes me is that he has to delay payments for too many years to accumulate £102.
  • Chez

    Senior Member
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    No, I think he had to pay £102 and 8 shillings. When we used to use pounds, shilling and pence, this is how it would be written £102 8s.