Edward Blore: Papers

Scope and Content

MSS.Add.3922-3926: Great Canford, Dorset: records of building work.

3922: Day book for work on the manor house, 1827-1830.

3923: Cash book for work on the manor house, 1828-1830.

3924: Bricklayers' time book regarding work on the manor house, 1828-1831.

3925: Account book for building materials used in work on the manor house, 1828-1831.

3926: Cash book for bricklayers' expenses regarding work on the manor house, 1830-1831.

MS.Add.3927: Goodrich Court, Herefordshire: account book regarding building work, 1828-1831.

MS.Add.3928-3934: Lambeth Palace: records of building work.

3928: Account book regarding building work, 1829-1833.

3929: Account of expenses regarding building work, 19 January - 12 September 1829, with accounts of workmen's time, 1832. On fos 272v-274: Lambeth Palace cash accounts, 20 June - 18 July 1829.

3930: Daily account of time and materials regarding building work, 19 January - 12 September 1829.

3931: Accounts for day work regarding building projects, 1829-1832. On fo. 84v: notes of materials used.

3932: Petty accounts regarding building work, 1829-1831. On pp. 439-450: further miscellaneous accounts.

3933: Time book regarding building work, 1829-1831.

3934: Time book regarding building work, 1831-1832.

MS.Add.3935: St Asaph Palace: 'Account of Work done and Money paid for the same and for Goods received...under the Direction of Edward Blore Esq. Architect', 1830-1832. On fos 89v-122: workmen's daily time, 19 July 1830 - 21 April 1832.

MS.Add.3936: Cheshunt, Buckinghamshire: account of time and wages of workmen engaged in building 'Latimers', 2 July 1832 - 21 January 1837.

MSS.Add.3937-3938: Merton Hall, Norfolk: building expenses.

3937: Account of money received from Edward Blore for defraying building expenses, 7 May 1832 - 18 July 1835.

3938: Account of building expenses, 29 June 1846 - 1 July 1848.

MS.Add.3939: Isleworth, Middlesex: account of workmen's time at work on the house of W.H. Cooper, 4 March 1833 - 4 October 1834.

MS.Add.3940: Shoreham, Kent: account of expenses incurred on building work at Otford Court, 19 October 1833 - 2 February 1839.

MS.Add.3941: Knowle Hall, Somerset: account of building expenses, 12 May - 12 July 1834. On flyleaf: '11 Roberts Building, Ebury Square, Pimlico' (in pencil, 19th century).

MSS.Add.3942-3943: Pull Court, Worcestershire: records of building work.

3942: Account of wages and workmen's time on building work, 11 August 1834 - 14 October 1837.

3943: Account of wages and workmen's time on building work, 15 October 1837 - 30 March 1839.

MS.Add.3944: Gopsall Hall, Leicestershire: account of wages and workmen's time on building projects, 13 April 1835 - 5 August 1837.

MSS.Add.3945-3946: Crewe Hall, Cheshire: wages for building work.

3945: Account of wages disbursed for building work, 29 May 1837 - 1 January 1842. On fo. 1: memorandum of cash received, 21 May 1837 - 7 March 1838.

3946: Account of wages disbursed for building work, 3 January 1842 - 22 July 1843.

MSS.Add.3947-3948: Lodsworth, Sussex: account books.

3947: Account book of J. Scott, clerk of works, regarding building projects, 17 April 1837 - 26 October 1839. On pp. i-vi: alphabetical index.

3948: Account book of payments to carpenters and joiners regarding building projects, 15 July 1837 - 26 October 1839.

MS.Add.3949: Ramsey Abbey, Huntingdonshire: accounts for time and wages of workmen employed on building projects, 5 March 1838 - 29 February 1840.

MS.Add.3950: Shadwell Lodge, Norfolk: accounts regarding building work, 9 March 1840 - 28 January 1843.

MS.Add.3951: Edward Blore: abstracts from clerks of works' returns regarding building work at various sites, 1841-1848.

The buildings include: Worsley Hall and parsonage, Lancashire; an infants' school, Worsley, Lancs; Merevale Hall, Warwickshire; Wiston Hall, Sussex; Shadwell Lodge, Norfolk; Haverland Hall, Norfolk; Crewe Hall, Cheshire; a school at Walkden Moor, Lancashire; Bridgewater Trust offices, Manchester; Castle Hill, Devon; Kingston Hall, Nottinghamshire; Thicket Priory, Yorkshire; Marlborough College, Wiltshire; a church in the Charterhouse grounds, London; Hatchford, Surrey; the church of St James the Great, Bethnal Green; Ramsey church, Huntingdonshire.

MS.Add.3952: Kingston Hall, Nottinghamshire: accounts of wages disbursed regarding building work, 28 January 1843 - 28 March 1846.

MS.Add.3953: Buckingham Palace: accounts regarding building work for New Buildings, 6 February 1847 - 12 February 1850, in two hands.

MSS.Add.3954-3956: Edward Blore: private accounts.

3954: Accounts, 1818-1830.

3955: Accounts, 1826-1850.

3956: Accounts, 1826-1841. On fo. 87: memorandum of the agreement between Blore and John Kernot, 2 May 1837.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Blore (1787-1879), architect and artist, was born in Derby on 13 September 1787, the son of the topographer Thomas Blore (1764-1818). He developed a wide practice as an architect, and became special architect to King William IV, and to Queen Victoria during the early part of her reign. In this capacity he was employed to carry out works at Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, and to complete the erection of Buckingham Palace. For many years Blore also filled the post of architect at Westminster Abbey. Among his other important works was the building from his designs of Prince Woronzow's palace at Aloushka in the Crimea. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, and of the Society of Antiquaries, and one of the founders of the Royal Archaeological Institute. He died in London on 4 September 1879.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by the Revd E.W. Blore, son of Edward Blore, 1880.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Edward Blore in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. II (London, 1908), pp. 699-700.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds letters written to Edward Blore, MS.Add.8170.