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Capability Brown's Wimbledon Park, in His Day and Ours

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  1. Capability Brown's Wimbledon Park, in His Day and Ours
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  3. Development from the mid-19th Century
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The Account Book of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, The first Landscape Gardener of Fenstanton, Hunts. 1759-1787

The Right Honble the Lord Viscount Spencer, at Wimbledon in Surrey

           In July 1765 Recd the first payment                                                            500.0.0

1766   September the 8th. Received of his
           Lordship By Draft on Hoare & Co
           The 2nd & 3rd Payment                                                                              1000.0.0

            This Account Settled and a Bond
            given for the Balanced

            March the 2 1779 Rcd of Lord Spenser
            a draft on Hoare for May the                                                                       200.0.0
            22nd. Recd of his Lordship                                                                        200.0.0
                                                               [total]                                                       £400.0.0
            Due to Balance                                                                                           100.0.0

            Thomas Squires Bill for the
            Rail Fence at Wimbledon Park                                                                   42.3.9

            John Wartridges Bills for
            Painting the above Fence                                                                            13.0.10

            Disbured by G. Bowstreed in this
            Year to July the 8 1780 in the
            Wood and various Parts of the Park                                                           90.13.0
                                                               [total]                                                       £245.17.7
            Received by the ? of the ? Rail Fence                                                        21.0.0
                                                            Balance                                                       224.17.7

            Paid by a Draft on ? Hoares
            Dated October the 27 1780

1781    April the 16th Recd of Lord
            Spencer                                                                                                       250.0.0

            Nov the 26 Rcd Ditto
            Settled by the Executors                                                                              500.0.0

            A Contract with the Right Honble Lord Vis
            Spencer of 1760 Pounds begun in
            January 1765, at the underwritten Times of Payment

            At Michaelmass 1765 √                                                                                500.0.0

            At Christmas 1765 √                                                                                     500.0.0

            At Lady Day 1766 √                                                                                       500.0.0

            In June 1766 When the Work
            is Completed                                                                                                  260.0.0

Source: RHS Lindley Library 998 BRO. The account book of Lancelot Brown, unpublished MS 1764-1788, pp. 37-38.