PERCY, Hugh, 3rd duke Northumberland (1785–1847), politician & landowner. LS to William Leake 1824


PERCY, Hugh, 3rd duke Northumberland (1785–1847), politician & landowner. LS to William Leake 1824

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OPPOSITION TO THE THAMES QUAY SCHEME

PERCY, Hugh, third duke of Northumberland (1785–1847), politician and landowner. Letter signed Northumberland, to William Leake, Hon. Sec., 2 sides of a bifolium, 4vo, Alnwick Castle, October 27, 1824, declining a place on the Committee “convened to take into consideration a Plan proposed by Lieutenant Colonel Trench M.P. for building a Quay on the north Bank of the River Thames from London Bridge to Scotland Yard and for making other improvements in the Navigation of the River”, repeating “what I stated to Lieut. Col. Trench when he first explained his speculation that I should certainly oppose this scheme if it in any way interfered with my wharfs at the end of Northumberland Street”. Docketed on the reverse “Duke of Northumberland. Will oppose if it interferes with his Wharfs”. With multiple folds and small nicks to fold edges.


An MP for Cambridge (1819-1832), Lt. Col. Frederick William Trench (c1777-1859) made his mark, as a self-appointed expert on public architecture in several schemes, one of which was for a quay or embankment on the north side of the Thames from Westminster to Blackfriars, drawn up by Philip Wyatt, and launched in July 1824. Trench introduced a bill in March 1825 to authorize its construction, but it was abandoned in the face of strong opposition by riverine interests such as that of Northumberland. In 1841, when metropolitan improvement was again being debated, he revived his Thames Quay scheme, including a proposal for a railway, and again urged it on the royal commission, but without success (ODNB).

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