All for a good cause

Clearly, Lady Penrhyn took it upon herself to try and raise subscriptions for a new floor for Bangor Cathedral in early 1872. Today I have been reading the letters she received in response.

I’ve been googling the families/addresses of the respondees and it’s interesting to note that so far, two people have refused, one of them living in the largest and grandest property I had looked at and holding the highest title (wife of the 5th Marquess of Londonderry). The highest donation so far came from the wife of a Manchester Industrialist.  What role does social status/aspiration play in situations such as these?  Quite a large one I suspect.

54.04 Note from the Comtess de Morella donating £5 towards re-flooring Bangor Cathedral.
Jan 18 N.D.

54.05 Letter from Mary Cornelia Vane, of Wynyard Park, Co Durham.
Jan 18 N.D.

54.06 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Alice Platt of Werneth Park, Oldham.
Jan 18 N.D.

54.07 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Mis Romer of Bryncemlyn, Dolgelley {sic}.
Jan 18 N.D.

54.08 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Mrs Parry, Glynn Hall, Talysarnau donating 2 Guineas towards reflooring Bangor Cathedral.
Jan 16 1872

54.09 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Mrs Walton, Dolforgan Newtown donating 3 guineas towards the floor at bangor Cathedral.
Jan 16 1872

54.10 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Mrs Henry Ffoulkes, The Canonry, St Asaph donating £5 from herself and Miss Harriet Lloyd towards the tiles for bangor Cathedral.
Jan 19 1872

54.11 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Mrs Priestly donating 2 guineas towards the reflooring of bangor Cathedral.
c.1872
54.12 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Mrs Oakley donating £5 towards the reflooring of bangor Cathedral.
2 Jan c.1872

54.13 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Lady Margaret Willoughby de Brooke of Plas Newydd, Angleseyd cinfirming she will donate £5 towards the reflooring of Bangor cathedral but regrets she cann not assist with collecting subscriptions as she has too many causes closer to home.
2 Jan1872

54.14 Letter to Lady Penrhyn from Mrs Lord (or Ford) of Llwyngwern declining to help with raising funds for Bangor Cathedral as she feels she has too many causes needing help within her own parish.
18 Jan1872

It was interesting to note that Plas Newydd was inhabited by Lady Margaret Willoughby de Brooke at this time.  I had assumed the Pagets had always resided there (as a second home of course) , but perhaps they let it out for a period?

Just found this website though, which seems like a fantastic resource and will be of much use later in the project.

http://www.bangorcivicsociety.org.uk/pages/tools.htm

Left the camera at home, will post a pic on Monday.

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