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On Sunday, the 9th August 1772, Samuel Cockett wrote this letter to George Jackson:



Transcribed, as best I can, it reads:


George Jackson, Esqr

At the Admiralty



Received 10AU



I expect to have protracted the whole plan of the Rivers Stort

by Thursday or Friday next time enough to meet you at Hodsdon on Friday

evening; I judge you will not be at Hodsdon before the Evening so

that I intend to leave business about six o’clock and be at Hodsdon at


The plan by its present scale will be very clear, and plain to be under-

stood as to the River, Locks and Mills, Meadows jcd. What I wanted to

see you for is regarding the measuring the said pieces of land purchased

by you for the new cuts in the River, Banks jcd and old River filled up which

is too small in general to be seen in its true scale; such may be represented

on vacant parts of the plan as you wished in your letter,  a reference to it

will be necessary also if you are not disappointed being at Hodsdon

at the time you fix. I will be certain to meet you there with my plans.


From the observations I have made of River, Mills, meadows jcd. I am

of opinion the Navigation Cutts are of benefit to the whole which I

will explain to you fully afterwards.


                                         I am Sir your Obed

                                         Servt    Saml Cockett


Bell & Feathers, Sawbridgeworth

Aug the 9th, 1772


This letter and the maps he drew, are held at the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) under reference D/EX 941 P1 PC 41

To view the maps click on the appropriate link:-

Map 1 Bishop Stortford and South Mill Lock

Map 2 Twyford Mill Lock

Map 3 Spellbrook Lock, Tednambury Lock

Map 4 Sawbridgeworth Lock

Map 5 Sheering Mill Lock, Feakes Lock

Map 6 Harlow Mill Lock

Map 7 Latton Mill Lock

Map 8 Burnt Mill Lock

Map 9 Parndon Mill Lock, Hunsdon Mill Lock

Map 10 Hunsdon Mill Lock, Roydon Lock

Map 11 Brick Lock, Lower Lock





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