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Pocklington, Joseph, 1736–1817

Glossary of place-names in and around London.

England, 1781.
Physical Description:
1 v. ([15] p.) ; 14 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DA676 .P63 1781
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Joseph Pocklington (1736-1817) was an amateur builder-architect in the Georgian style. Inherited wealth allowed him to build five country houses of his own design, including three in the Lake District. Cf. Colvin. A biographical dictionary of British architects, 2008.
In pen and black and red ink.
Stitched into paper covers.
An alphabetically organized manuscript listing of selected towns, churches, parks, bridges and other buildings in and around London, with notes on the most significant features of each of them. The item is signed at end: Carlton Jany 1781. Joseph Pocklington of Carlton upon Trent Nottinghamshire. The notes, with the exception of a more extensive opening entry on Westminster Abbey, are terse ("Fleet Prison very large", "Commons House of a spacious room", "British Museum worth seeing") and highly subjective (St. Paul's Cathedral is "the most magnificent church in the world"). Many entries include dimensions, cost of construction, or, in the case of hospitals and charity schools, endowment and annual income. Some of these figures provide an interesting sidelight on life in 18th century London; for example "Newgate Market may sell £40 worth of butter before 8 or 9 in the morning". The entry on South Sea House includes a reference to the South Sea Bubble of 1720. There is an entry on Bethlehem Hospital (or Bedlam) which at the time contained "about 200 lunatics". The entry on Richmond includes details of the remains of the palace there. Inserted is a ticket with small manuscript map of the area around and immediately to the west of St. Paul's.
Subject Terms:
Church buildings -- Great Britain -- London.
London (England) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
London (England) -- Description and travel.
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.
Westminster Abbey.

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