Journal entry – John Grey – 24 Jan 1834

Document Type: Journal entry
Date: 24 Jan 1834
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 19
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Friday 24th January 1834

I went with Benson to examine the Ground for the site of the intended house at Dilston, with a view to ascertain the expense of Garden Walls etc, but as it would be desirable, in case of the road bring altered, to place the House a little farther to the South than was intended, until that is settled, the exact extent of such walls cannot be determined.  It may not however be of great consequence to ascertain the cost of all such appurtenances, if it were even possible, at this time, for it appears certain from the calculations which I have obtained from a builder & Mr Benson that the Plan as now reduced, will be undertaken by a Contractor for something less than £1650 and as that Plan includes a Stable at the end of the kitchen wing, with Servants bedroom above, there can be no doubt of a sufficient surplus being left to complete any thing else that will be wanted.  The Plan, as now altered, leaves out the Library which Mr Hay added & the bedroom above, & reduces the size of the lobby,  but admits of a larger room for the Clerk’s Office, that made by Mr Hay having been too little for the size of the Desks and Bookcases.  This Plan I shall have Mr Green, an architect in Newcastle to revise & prepare , by Mr Hays specifications, for the guidance of Contractors, hoping soon to see the work in progress.

I then proceeded westward to investigate the subject of the Thorngrafton allotments, but had not gone more than four miles till I was quite wet through & having no Change of clothes nor chance of getting done so as to return at night, I thought it advisable to give it up, in hope of better weather and an early start tomorrow morning

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