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Thomas Gray to William Palgrave, [August 1758]

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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.


Letter ID: letters.0316 (Source: TEI/XML)


Writer: Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771
Writer's age: 41
Addressee: Palgrave, William, 1735-1799
Addressee's age: 23[?]


Date of composition: [August 1758]
Calendar: Gregorian


Place of composition: [Stoke Poges, United Kingdom]

Physical description

Form/Extent: A.L.; 1 page, 103 mm x 202 mm; fragment of a letter, annotated "Mr. Gray's writing. --- Given me by Mr. Dixon at Toddington, Bed.s --- March, 6, 1804"


Language: English
Incipit: [...] Dugdale mentions (as if it still existed) a Chappel of the Virgin...
Mentioned: Dugdale, Sir William
York Minster

Holding Institution

Add. MSS 70949, f. 52, Manuscripts collection, British Library , London, UK <>
Availability: The original letter is extant and usually available for academic research purposes

Print Versions

  • Correspondence of Thomas Gray, 3 vols. Ed. by the late Paget Toynbee and Leonard Whibley, with corrections and additions by H. W. Starr. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971 [1st ed. 1935], letter no. 273*, vol. ii, 576-577