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  • image SM volume 109/12*

Reference number

SM volume 109/12*


[12/9] Manuscript estimate of costs of works to the Hospital by Thomas Ripley, datable March 1735, with nineteenth-century pencil annotations, possibly by C.H. Tatham


Manuscript on first recto of folded sheet, presented as right half of sheet in volume


In ink by Ripley with annotations in pencil, probably by Tatham:By order of ye Honabl house / of Commons / An Estamate to Compleat / and finish the Bu[i]lding of the Royal / Hospital of Greenwich / ffiting up an apartment for / the Governor in that part cald / King Charles Bulding ----- 1500 - 0 - 0 / finishing King Williams Court 340 - 0 - 0 / finishing Quene anne Court -- 6000 - 0 - 0 / finishing Quene Marys Court / anserable to that of King Williams / which able and Experianced workmen ofer to Buld it for ----- 62829 - 0 - 0 / fiting up the Chapel In Quene / Mary Court with Galrys pulpit / Reding desks and seats and s[?] of s[?]s apartments / which is worth (?) more than is contand / In King wllm Court ---- 2750 - 16 - 0 / Necasary out buldings with / floors and sluseas (?) ----- 2670 - 0 - 0 / diging and carrying away / Path ------- 493 640 - 0 - 0 / ffene (?) wall and gates to macke the Hospetall secure --- 3000 - 0 - 0 / paving ---- 765 - 0 - 0 / £ 80297 16 0 80444 - 16 - 0.Tatham (?) has added ab1734 below the first line; by T. Ripley below fifth line; and See Plan No. 11 dated 1734 against description of estimate for Queen Mary's Court.And in ink by C19 hand at top right, 12*

Signed and dated

  • Undated but datable 6 March 1735

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink Small sheet of writing paper, with central fold 321 x 414


Pro Patria ; countermark: GR (see Heawood 3700)


This note was probably made on the day that Ripley presented the plan he laid before the House of Commons [12/7]. The very large sum specified for finishing Queen Mary's Court (£62,829) was probably the main factor behind the subsequent revision of this part of the design. The estimate for finishing Queen Mary's Court appears to have been procured in a casual way: it was the sum that 'able and experienced workmen' offered to build it for, rather than one calculated from a full schedule of the costs of materials and labour. The poor spelling and handwriting betray Ripley's humble background and lack of formal education.



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