The Stretton manuscripts : being notes on the history of Nottinghamshire, by William Stretton, (of Lenton Priory), died 1828.
Nottingham, privately printed 1910.
4to. (4) + xiii + (5) + 241 + (1)pp, 12 woodcut plates (one printed in red), many woodcut text ills. Original cloth. A good, clean copy.
The interest of this scarce volume for those interested in the history of architecture is that William Stretton (1755-1828), on whose surviving papers the volume is based, had been a partner with his father as an architect and builder in the Nottingham area, as evidenced by a list of the firm’s commissions printed on pp 180-1, and that Stretton’s predominant interest as a local historian seems to have been in the architecture and fittings of the mediaeval parish churches of Nottinghamshire, on which he made extensive notes, printed here, and illustrated by reproductions of his own sketches of window tracery, fonts, sculptured tomb slabs and so on.