A. W. N. Pugin

Margaret Belcher (ed.), The Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin, Vol. 2: 1843–1845

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To THOMAS GRIFFITHSEn route, Friday, 19 September 1845

Text: MS AAW A81/61   Address: none   Postmark: none

✠ Midland Counties Railway Friday2

My Dear Lord Bishop

I went to St Edmunds on Wednesday & set out the church—with Mr. Myers.3 I find the fall of the ground to the eastward so very great that I have ventured to make an alteration. I have suppressed the lead in the walls which will be useless as the level is so high up—& in Lieu thereof—1 increased the thickness of Eastern gable 9 inches in the whole hight. 2 added a fresh buttress under the East window at S & 3d increased the width of each side buttress from 2 feet to 2 feet 5 inches. [Sketch: eastern end of chapel with buttress marked 'S']

These are important alterations & are in a manner rendered necessary by the increased height at the Eastern end—& as by supressing the lead in the walls they can be accomplished without addional expense—I trust your Lordsip will approve of what I have done.

I am preparing the specification & contract

  • & remain with great respect   
  • your Lordsips devoted Sert
  • ✠ A Welby Pugin              

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Editor’s Note
1 The letter is written in pencil.
Editor’s Note
2 Pugin's diary shows that he travelled from 'London to Wymeswold, Nottingham and York' on this day.
Editor’s Note
3 Pugin notes in his diary at 17 September 1845 that he 'Went to St. Edmunds and set out church'.
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