In February this year, during renovation work, I think at the Steeplegate, Ely, the Ely Standard reported the finding of an ancient letter from a young watchmaker to a maid servant. This seems to me to have relevance to the ‘Dean’s Watch’. I wonder if this letter had been found before and replaced under the floorboards. Possibly the Cathedral Archivist could throw more light on this if someone wanted to follow it up.
In my last e-mail I said that the 18th century letter from the watchmaker to the Canon’s maid was found in the Steeplegate – apologies it was in the Almonry Croft. Today is was on display in the Cathedral.
The original letter, which is in good condition and quite clear to read, is now in the care of the Cathedral Archivist.