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Document number: 5832
Date: Wed 1847
Dating: 1847?[signed T H S Sotheron, ie, 1839-1855]
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: ESTCOURT Thomas Henry Sutton Sotheron Bucknall
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

Bowden Pk


My dear Talbot

You are aware that about a twelvemonth ago when I mentioned to you the subject of warming our Church, and certain other Improvements, in consequence of your very prudent suggestion that we ought to have good advice and a plan before we set about any alteration, I sent at the recommendation of Archdn Thorpe, for an Architect, named Carpenter who stands well as a good Judge of such Matters.

I told him to make out a plan: for warming, & reseating the Church, and having got his sanction, I made a beginning this summer, in order to save the fine weather, by ceiling the Roof, which is an indispensable Preliminary to any efficient warming.

He has now brought me his plans, and I should be very glad to lay them before you, and if you will allow me half an hour this morning, I will bring him down, to wait upon you, and he will be much obliged to you, if you will also permit him, to see your cloisters, and inner Quadrangle.

Mr Matthews, <illeg> John Awdry & his brother dined with me yesterday & looked over the Plans. Our wish is to lay them before a Vestry, with each Alteration specified and an estimate attached: and to <illeg> <quartly?> so much and no more than the Parish shall approve – But to keep the Plans, so that hereafter whatever may not be done now, may be done at <some?> future Time in conformity with a general and uniform scheme.

That which presses, is to obtain increased room, by new-seating the Church: to warm it by hot air – which can be done, as the roof is ceiled for 50£ and an organ has already been provided by parish subscription, we have to fix on the best place for this. –

Without your sanction and concurrence nothing can or will be done, but I hope you will approve of the scheme –

Will you send word by the Messenger, whether you like to see Mr Carpenter & myself today –

Believe me

yours vy truly

T.HS Sotheron

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