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Document number: 1486
Date: 03 Oct 1826
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: AWDRY William Henry
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 16th August 2015

Oct. 3d 1826

Dear Sir,

I have the pleasure to acquaint you, that the Property at Lacock sold well yesterday We had the good luck (as at Melksham <1>) to have Competitors which I hoped might be the case I subjoin the Particulars I have not (without my Book) the Nos to refer to but I have no doubt you will make them out by the description It is possible, that the half acre of Land at Bowden Hill <2>, may not be sold at present, as there was a doubt stated at the Auction of there being a Life upon this Lot I am of opinion, even if it should prove so, that the Lease may not be good, as I do not think from what I observe in the Life Book, that the Conditions have been fulfilled, but in order to prevent any difficulty at the Auction, I stated that I would return the deposit Money if there was a Life upon it & it was then to be considered as not being sold I found this was the only method to find out its real value of it as free Land and if Mr Mr [sic] Bruges <3> is anxious for it, he will of course offer Terms (subject to the Life), should it prove to be in existence I hope to be at home on the Evening of the 10th Inst

I am Dear Sir Yr obliged & obedt Sert
W. H. Awdry

Valuation sold for
Cottage at Nash Hill <4> 20 23
Withy Beds &c 20 26
Cottage at Bewley <5> 40 49
Wood land at Loxwell
(called White Strip)
50 70
Land at Bowden Hill 30 37

The Timber on the Wood land is to be taken at a valuation it is of small value probably 5 or 6 as soon as I know the Solicitors of the Parties, I will send the particulars to Mr King <6> The Purchase Money to be paid on the 1st of Janry or Interest from that time

W. H. F. Talbot Esq
31. Sackville Street


1. Melksham, Wiltshire: market town near Lacock, 2 miles S.

2. Bowden Hill, Wiltshire, 1 mi SE of Lacock.

3. Thomas Bruges of Seend (d 1835); JP, Melksham banker, landowner, surveyor and mathematician. For reasons yet to be determined, in his will Thomas bequeathed a sum of money to Mary Anna Fry (b 1793) spinster sister of the photographic pioneer Peter Wickens Fry (1795-1860).

4. Nash Hill, also Naish Hill, a hill and farm 1 mi NE of Lacock, Wiltshire.

5. Bewley Common, Wiltshire, 1 mi E of Lacock.

6. William Read King & Son, solicitors, London.

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