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image SM 54/8/5

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SM 54/8/5

Purpose

[14] Text about the survey of the ground at St Peter’s, Walworth, London, 22 and 24 May 1823

Aspect

5 / Newington Church. / Thursday 22nd May / W. Craib reports as follows / “ ” Sir / I have excavated the Ground / to the depth of 5 feet 6 In in two different places and [then?] / on the surface to the depth of / 1’:3” good mould or black Earth / & for 3:6 below that a stratum of / strong clay &Gravel mixed together / all below the dimensions given / & loose ground and quick sand. / The water rises within four feet of the Surface Ground / W Craib / 24 May 1829 W. Craib / Surface of Gnd / deepen all had Red Grain(?) / yes(?) Ground mixed with Mould Clay / [_ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / lib - / Water / Settled work Grail / & excavate five feet / to depth

Signed and dated

  • 22 May 1823, 24 May 1823(?)
    Dated at the top: Thursday 22d May; at the bottom it is dated: 24 May 1829

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (316 x 200)

Hand

The letter is signed by W Craig

Watermark

A circular cartouche topped with a crown with two crosses aligned above one another. Inside the cartouche is a single seated figure of Britannia in right profile with a spear against her right shoulder and her out-turned shield on the ground beneath, and she is holding a trefoil plant in her outstretched left hand. The closest, but not identical comparanda, is the watermark of Lloyds & Co datable to around 1805.

Literature

W. Churchill, 1935, 76, no. 235, p. 207 no. 235

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Drawing

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