Thomas Gray to William Palgrave, [August 1758]
Dugdale mentions (as if it still existed) a Chappel of the Virgin on the North-side of the Church; if this be true, it is the oldest part of the whole, being founded by A:p Roger in Henry 2d's time. be sure to look for it.
Can you distinguish in the S: Transept two different styles that of Richard 1st's time, & that of Henry 3d's? & in the rest of ye building three more kinds of architecture, that of Edw:1st in the N: Transept; of Edw: 2d in the Nave, & West-Front; & of Edw: 3d in the Choir, & great Tower.
Is there any difference in the building of ye Lady-Choir, & the ornaments bestow'd upon it?
Pray, be particular in describing the parts of this Cathedral, wch (as I remember) is the great School of the Goths.
There was a building of Edw: 4th's reign (call'd St William's College) for the Chantry-Priests near this Church. where is it now, & what other old Fragments remain of Cloisters, Palace, &c: go into the Vaults under the Choir, if you can.
Add. MSS 70949, f. 52, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/bldept/manuscr/>