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SHERBORNE ABBEY Vestry
Resolutions of the vestry on the the 21st of April, 1828, and extracts from the report of Mr. E.T. Percy, on the state of Sherborne Church.
Sherborne Harker and Penny, [1828].
3, [1] p. ; 35.0 cm. (2º)

Docket-title. Drop-head title 'Repairs Of Sherborne Church.' Signed: J.P. Melmoth, Vestry Clerk. Sherborne, April 25, 1828.' Includes extracts from Percy's report. Following the fall of a piece of the vault of the tower of Sherborne Abbey Church, Dorset in January 1828, Edward Thomas Percy, an architect and surveyor working in Sherborne, was asked to report on the state of the church and to suggest remedies for its repair. This he duly delivered on 8 April, and on 21 April the committee resolved to print an abridgement and to seek the advice of another architect as well. Percy, desperate for support, looked to Soane (as a fellow freemason) whom he had never met and on 7 May sent him a copy of the full report (Soane Case 144/6) and the present 'Extracts' along with two plates by Buckler for his opinion. It took Soane almost a month to reply. Meanwhile on 30 May Soane was officially requested by the vicar of the church, Rev. Lyon, to undertake a survey of the church, which he declined owing to the pressure of work. The architect William Wilkins was then asked to make a report which was completed on 20 September and printed as Report on the state of repair of Sherborne Church, 1828 (q.v.); on 19 December Percy again begged for Soane's support, enclosing copies of both reports. On 2 January 1829 the church committee decided in favour of Percy's report and ordered him to proceed. (Priv. Corr. X.G.1.2--10,12 and letter inserted at fol. 10 of Soane Case 144/6).

Copy Notes Sent to Soane by Edward Thomas Percy on 7 May 1828 (see general notes above). The MS. of The Report of Edward T. Percy upon the Repairs done to the Stone Vault of the Tower, ..., dated at end April 8th. 1828 is also in Soane's library, with the ALs from Percy accompanying both reports dated 19th December 1828 loosely inserted (Soane Case 144/6).

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 6248


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