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Solid mid-Tudor plumbing

September 3rd, 2009 (03:57 pm)

"The pliant Sir William Petre was succeeded by a son who, as a firm Catholic, lived in retirement, running a well-built house complete with a set of drains which remained in uninterrupted use until 1952, when the plumber repaired them to a plan of 1566, fetched from the Record Office for the occasion."

Conrad Russell, The Crisis of Parliaments (Oxford, 1971), 162-163

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Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)

That's an impressive achievement, in it's unflashy way!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)

Rather be unflashy in this situation than unflushy, I feel.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)

*groan*

Posted by: Josh (schreibergasse)
Posted at: September 4th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)

OK, that? Is beyond awesome. Especially since Petre featured prominently in my undergrad thesis.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 4th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)

I'm more familiar with his eighteenth-century descendants, such as the ninth Baron Petre, whose playing host to George III at Thorndon in 1778 indicated royal approval for Catholic relief, though not yet emancipation.