Augt 4th 1825
On the other side, I have copied the Valuation of the two Cottages at Notton & Bowden Hill <2> for your perusal, at leisure in case you should be inclined to sell these premises, I think it will be right to stipulate that the whole expense of the conveyances &c should be paid by the Purchasers, as it is for their convenience that you part with them
I have written to Mr King <3> respecting the Auction for the Melksham <4> Property which is appointed for the 13th Septr it was considered desirable to postpone it till that time on account of a Person being expected in the neighbourhood who is interested in the purchase
I have appointed Mr Phelps <5> to the situation of Bailiff & from what I have since seen of his abilities I am in hopes he will make a very useful one
I ought to have mentioned the Rent of the two Cottages proposed to be sold That near my Cousins Gate at Notton is £2 pr annum. the one near the Canal has been £3 ·· but as the house is nearly down, the Ground would in future I think let for about half that Sum
I am Dear Sir Yr obliged & obedt Servt
W. H. Awdry
Valuation of a Cottage House & Garden at Notton in the Parish of Lacock the property of W. H. F. Talbot Esq & in the occupation of Wm Gray
The Premises consist of a House of stone Walls & thatched having two Rooms & a Pantry on the ground story, with two Chambers over the same, The Floors & doors are in an indifferent state of repair there is a small Garden adjoining the Cottage The Value in Fee (the Land Tax being purchased) is Thirty Six Pounds
July 30th 1825
(signed) John Darley <6>
architect & Land Surveyor
Valuation of the Cottage House out Buildings & Garden situate near the Wilts & Berks Canal at the bottom of Bowden Hill in the Parish of Lacock the property of W. H. F. Talbot Esq. & in the occupation of Maria Pettiford
The Premises consist of a House with stone Walls & thatched, having two Rooms & a Pantry on the Ground Floor & two Bed Rooms over & a back Garret the whole of this Building is in a very delapidated [sic] & somewhat dangerous state also a stable & a Shed adjoining erected with Timber & covered partly with Pantiles & partly with Thatch There is a Garden adjoining the House part of which is used as a Coal Yard & which with the Ground the Building stands on is about Twelve Perches of Land
The Value in Fee in its present state (the Land Tax being purchased) is Thirty Pounds
July 30th 1825
(signed) Jno Darley
1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.
2. Bowden Hill, Wiltshire, 1 mi SE of Lacock.
3. Of William Read King & Son, solicitors, London.
4. Melksham, Wiltshire: market town near Lacock, 2 miles S.
5. Philip Phelps, Surveyor of Taxes & Bailiff, Lacock.
6. John Darley (1786-1867), architect & surveyor, Chippenham.
7. Readdressed in another hand.
8. Readdressed in another hand.