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Tickets, invitations, letters, notes, songsheets, and newspaper clippings relating to festivities. Text within  indicates hand-written notes.
C,2.966: Newspaper clipping on the birthday celebrations of Mr Middleton, of Chirk Castle: "...Sir Watkin Williams Wynne, desirous of shewing that all animosities which had formerly subsisted between his family and that of the gentelman whose birth was to be on that day celebrated, had entirely ceased, opened his house at Wynnstay, and gave an ox to be roasted whole at that place...". Dated Feb 1st 1785.
C,2.967: Newspaper clipping, an account of the feast at Wynnstay, given by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn on the occasion of the completion of the Dam at Wynnstay. In the General Advertiser on September 24th 1784.
C,2.968: Newspaper clipping, long account of the Fonthill Fete, given by Mr Beckford to the artists and workmen working on Fonthill Abbey.
C,2.969: Gentleman's ticket to the birthday celebrations of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn at Wynnstay on the 19th April, 1770; card with coat of arms, garlands, and motto "Bydded Heddyw Ddiddanwch yn eich Plith". With pink silk ribbon tied in bow. Printed in red ink
C,2.970: Ticket to the celebration feast on the completion of Wynnstay Dam, given by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn; "Wynnstay Dam Feast / September [17th] 1784 [Mr Thos Jones New Hall]", printed in red ink on card with pink (presumably originally red) fabric tie.
C,2.971: Letter from the Rev John Wheeler to Banks; "[When the present Sr W.W.W. (Watkin Williams Wynn) came of age, his birth day was kept at Wynnstay with all the festivity and cost that eating and drinking could furnish. as the concourse of people was very great, each gentleman alighting from his horse or carriage had a ticket given him, which being ty'd to his button hole admitted him into the house and garden, and was a kind of pass-port for the day. Either from scarcity of tickets or neglect, many of the company who din't were perhaps without. but as Sir John Glynne and myself were early people we not only had them but also wore them. N.B. as Sr W.W.W. was then a widower, he leaves out the Beauford arms. The card of L'Abbe Taylor is far more difficult to explain". In another hand on the same sheet, "Sir W.W. Wynn came of age on the 19th of April 1770. The tickets provided in red admitted Gentlemen to the Great Room where Sir Watkin presided. there were blue tickets which admitted the better sort of farmers to tables prepared for them in other parts of the house & temporary buildings, and green tickets for servants & the lower class, without which they wre not entitled to be entertained at any particular place, but aft to take thier chance with the multitude entertained out of doors]", and the motto "]Be there this day, festivity amongst you]".
C,2.972: A hand-written account of the feast for Wynnstay Dam, "[A large piece of water made in the park at Wynnstay, a great number of Sir Watkin Williams Wynnes tenants & neighbours assisted him in the work, either with their teams or labor. When the Dam Head was compleated, Sir Watkin promised them a feast in the park, which was given & the table (which was 1/4 of a mile long) was placed in the Avenue. Before diner they made a procession round the Dam Head with musick; the (unclear) carried their whips, the labourers spades, or other implements which they had used &c &C & when it was dinner time, they were ordered to stand with their backs to the table (already spread with cold collection) till the additional dishes were place; then Mr Sidebotham gave the word of command & they turned about; Sir Watkin & his family dined at the same table. Two mounted Wynnes rode on horseback round the table to drink every bodys health. Rows of hogsheads of ale, porter & cyder wer ranged behind the company on each side. Several songs were sung which were composed for the occasion]".
C,2.973: Songsheet, with lyrics only, to "A Song for the Birth Day of Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Baronet, on his coming of age; sung at the fete give on Empingham Heath".
C,2.974: Songsheet, with lyrics only, to "A Song for the Birth Day (the 19th of April, 1770) of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart".
C,2.975: Songsheet, with lyrics only, to "A Song, to be sung at the cask, when the people are drinking".
C,2.976: Ticket, "This ticket admits one Gentleman or Lady to Dinner on Breddin Hill, August ", with a ship in oval surrounded by garlands and ribbons inscribed "Ville de Paris April 12th 1782 / May the British flag for ever flourish". Printed in red ink. Below by Banks "[A ticket of admission to the dinner which was given on erecting a pillar in honor of Lord Rodneys Victory April 12th 1782".
C,2.977: Newsclipping on the celebrations at Breddin Hill, in honor of Lord Rodney's victory. From the London Evening Post, August 15-17, 1782.
C,2.978: Invitation, "[The Dutchess of Rutland presents her compliments to the Revd Mr Turner and requests the favor of his company to Dinner a Ball and Supper on Friday the 4th of January at Belvoir Castle to celebrate the Duke of Rutland's coming of age. The favor of an answer is particularly desired. Belvoir Castle, Decr 14th 1798]".
C,2.979: Hand-written note, "[Query. Entertainment for Sir W.W.Wynns coming of age. There were two sorts of tickets one for the Gentlemen (red) to admit them into the iner part of the house. One for the freeholders of a different color which would admit them into the inner part of the house]".
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Height: 470 millimetres
Height: 94 millimetres
Width: 157 millimetres (largest)
Width: 64 millimetres (smallest)
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