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  • image SM 54/8/5 (Flap)

Reference number

SM 54/8/5 (Flap)


[13] Text about the survey of the ground at St Peter’s, Walworth, London, 22 May 1823


(Flyer) Sir / I have Excavated the ground / to the depth of 5 feet 6 in.. in two different / places and find on the surface to the / depth of 1 foot 3 in_ good mold or black / earth. And for 3 feet 6 in below that a strata / of strong Clay & Gravel mixed together / all below the dimensions given a loose / Gravel and Quick Sand / the Water Rises within 4 feet / of the surface of the ground / Wm. Craib- / Badge Sone 2 Vols

Signed and dated

  • 22 May 1823
    22nd My

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (160 x 120)


Signed by William Craib


Although only part of the watermark is visible, it almost certainly matches the fuller versions of entries under SM 54/8/5.



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