WIMPOLE HALL – EARL OF HARDWICKE PAPERS Group of manuscripts from the Earl of Hardwicke Papers, relating to Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, and other of the properties belonging to the second and third Earls
Lot 76
WIMPOLE HALL – EARL OF HARDWICKE PAPERS
Group of manuscripts from the Earl of Hardwicke Papers, relating to Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, and other of the properties belonging to the second and third Earls
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 3,337) inc. premium

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WIMPOLE HALL – EARL OF HARDWICKE PAPERS Group of manuscripts from the Earl of Hardwicke Papers, relating to Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, and other of the properties belonging to the second and third Earls WIMPOLE HALL – EARL OF HARDWICKE PAPERS Group of manuscripts from the Earl of Hardwicke Papers, relating to Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, and other of the properties belonging to the second and third Earls
WIMPOLE HALL – EARL OF HARDWICKE PAPERS
Group of manuscripts from the Earl of Hardwicke Papers, relating to Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, and other of the properties belonging to the second and third Earls, including: autograph letter signed by John Soane, to his patron the third Earl ("...I am sorry I have been misunderstood:- it was not my mistake to put your lordship to any expence by my visit to Wimpole Lodge..."); an account book kept by William Parker of 1783-93, for work at the family properties at Buckland (Berkshire), Hamels (Hertfordshire) and Wimpole itself ("...Sep 4. To 7 days my self and 2 men and 4 days makeing a bee house and putting up coloums and other new work in the Hot house £1 15s 0d... ...1785 Work done in the Gardens..."); legal documents; numerous bundles of vouchers, receipts (some with decorative headings), and similar material, including Joseph Clarke, nightsoil man Goswell Street, London, a seventeenth century bill "For altering ye flowerd taby making new skirts" (30 May 1665), estimate of the Charge of the Office of Ordnance for the Year 1762; bills and receipts for the family house at St James's Square (1810-11), an outline and elevation for a church at Tyttenhanger, Hertfordshire (c.1780), and a plan for the garden there, a watercolour sketch and plan for substantial kennels with a boiling house and "place for bones"; designs for a lamb-proof fence and deer-proof fence (sent by a wire manufacturer to Lady Hardwicke), a prospectus for Dr Clarke's arrangements of the work of Handel, an advertisement for Clarke's Superior Manure; a note to the third Earl by R.B. Harraden of Cambridge, discussing the best portrait for engraving ("...I think a later one than by Romney would afford greater pleasure. If your lordship thinks of sitting to Edridge – the loan of the picture will be most gratefully acknowledged by me..."); and much else, dust-staining and usual signs of wear, many stamped ʻEarl of Harwicke MSS'

Footnotes

  • ACCOUNTS FOR WIMPOLE HALL, and other properties belonging to the Earls of Hardwicke. Wimpole Hall, generally recognised as being the greatest house in Cambridgeshire, had been built in its present form by the first Earl, the Lord Chancellor, and was extended by his two successors, the second and third Earls, from whose period the present file of papers date; the latter employing John Soane. Following the bankruptcy of the sixth Earl, the house was sold in 1899 and the Hardwicke Papers were put up for auction, the British Museum acquiring 930 volumes. The house was acquired in 1938 by Captain and Elsie Bainbridge, Rudyard Kipling's daughter, who used her father's royalties to rescue the building and its estate. On her death in 1976 it was bequeathed to the National Trust. Many of the papers offered have been stamped, presumably at the time of the 1899 sale, 'Earl of Hardwicke MSS'.
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