1788. Aug. 30th. Corbett’s estimate was £221—10—0
for widening and £8—5—0 for excavation. A higher parapet was
suggested with an alternative estimate. The cost of the minimum
necessary work was asked for, and also the probable cost of acquiring
land for widening.
1788. Sep. 27th. The landowner refuses to sell any of his
land. It appeared that the substitution of a parapet for iron railings
might save £13—14--6. The Trustees now asked for:— Estimates for
repairing the North side. Estimates for repairing the South side.
Estimates for repairing the widening on the South side.
1788. Oct. 28th. Considerable confusion about the various
estimates. A contract for repairs on the North and widening on the South
was to be prepared.
1788. Nov. 29th. Mr. Mason the owner of the land required
for widening said that in the past he had made many concessions to the
Trust but that the Trust had not reciprocated and the cost of a drain
that he had constructed had not been met. The Trustees agreed to pay
this bill (£3—7—2.) and Mr. Mason agreed to sell the necessary
land. A Committee was deputed to meet him and a
(Nicholas Searle) was appointed as Surveyor of the Bridge works.
1789. Feb. 2 1st.The new surveyor criticised Corbett’s
plan and put in a new one at £61 more than Corbett’s and estimated
that the other work could not be carried out at the earlier cost. All
previous decisions were rescinded and only the widening on the south was
to be done. Corbett, after much discussion agreed to carry out the
revised scheme on Searle’s conditions. A contract on these terms was
ordered to be drawn up. This was submitted to the Trustees on March
28th. and copies were sent to Corbett and Searle.
There is no further mention in the minutes relating to this
draft but it was evidently agreed upon by all parties and it is this
contract (in my possession) that is given in full later in this paper.
Aug. 29th. 1789. The works are reported as finished and supplementary
details ordered to be carried out. For instance, stone was to be used
for maintaining the river banks, and the roadway was to be paved with
flints, chalk and gravel.