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Alternative designs for the stables, December 1789 (2)

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The stables front consists of a three-bay range between single-storey ends, with a large clock tower over the centre and over an arched entrance. Drawings 12 and 13 have three variant designs for the front, showing different designs for the clock tower form, the roof at the base of the tower and the fenestration and treatment of the centre range at ground storey.

The two designs in drawing 13 show a stables design more recognizably by Soane, having a plain brick front united by a simple string course and faced in round-headed blind arches with glazed crowns. Large urns surmount the single-storey pavilions and flank the base of the clock tower.

Drawing 12 has projecting bays to either side of the arched entrance. A Doric cupola has been added in pencil, complete with weathervane and clock. The terminal pavilions are as shown in drawing 13 but omitting crowning urns, and the linked passage that connects them to the main building has a gabled roof line.

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