Over the years, Thomas Messenger built up a substantial property portfolio, which at the time of his death was worth a considerable amount. In his will he listed 127 properties; fifty per cent of which were in Leicester; just over twenty-five in Loughborough; a little under twenty-five per cent at Whitehall, Ellistown with a couple of properties as far afield as Tranmere Birkenhead, Cheshire.
His property holdings were sufficiently large to enable him to engage the services of a land agent. In 1891, this was one George Cooper, a professional house agent and registrar, of No. 5 Pocklington’s Lane and No. 53, Friar Lane Leicester.
How and when Thomas Messenger started his property portfolio is not documented, although it may have coincided with him selling off his horticultural business. With a few exceptions all we know of his portfolio, is what is listed in his will and is purely a snap shot at the time his will was drawn up.
However, Thomas’ property portfolio appears not to have been a static one. There are references to both properties that do not appear in his will and to numerous planning applications. For example, in May 1894, he was successfully applying for planning permission to make alterations to Nos. 28 and 29 Church Gate, Loughborough, properties that do not appear in his will.