Packet of correspondence relating to Rev W.H. Mann's proposal to increase the accommodation in Bowdon parish church by erecting galleries.
/34: Letter from Rev W.H. Mann to Lord Stamford, dated 6 December 1838. The attention of the Bishop of Chester has been drawn to the lack of accommodation in Bowdon parish church, and Mann feels obliged to seek a remedy. He has a plan to erect two galleries on the north and south sides of the church, which he wishes to discuss with Lord Stamford.
/35: Copy letter from Lord Stamford to Rev W.H. Mann, dated 7 December. He is unable to meet Mann before leaving Cheshire.
/36: Letter from Rev W.H. Mann to Lord Stamford, dated 7 December. Forwards the plan for erecting galleries in Bowdon parish church. It is proposed to remove or "throw back" the present unsightly gallery in front of Lord Stamford's upper pew.
/37: Draft letter from Lord Stamford to Rev W.H. Mann, dated 8 December. In any increase of accommodation the needs of the poorer classes should be attended to first. Lord Stamford wishes to know what portion of the additional seats are for the poor. He does not wish his gallery seat to be enlarged, and objects strongly to the new pews coming so near to him.
/38: Letter from Rev W.H. Mann to Lord Stamford, dated 8 December. The new scheme will be financed by private subscriptions and by the sale of pews. The number of seats allocated to the poor has not yet been decided.
/39: Draft letter from Lord Stamford to Rev W.H. Mann, dated 10 December. He is "grieved... that the wants of the Poorer Classes do not form a prominent part in [the] present plan, but that the accommodation appears to be almost exclusively for the Rich Parishioners and wealthy New Settlers". If this is the case, Lord Stamford refuses to contribute to the scheme.
/40: Memorandum in the hand of Lord Stamford, undated, that Isaac Harrop holds three or four pews in Bowdon parish church and does not occupy them, and probably there are several others in similar circumstances.
Dated at: Bowdon vicarage (/34, /36 & /38) and Dunham Massey (/37 & /39).