- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The centre of the north range has a queen-post roof. As opposed to the design shown in section on drawing 24, the roof in drawing 26 does not have metal straps at the ends of the tie-beam. The purlins are attached to the principal rafters (see Notes drawing 25) with a poll plate receiving the common rafters. The roof measures 6 feet 6 inches high, 35 feet 6 inches wide. It rests on brick walls 2 feet 3 inches thick. The plan on the verso of the sheet shows the hipped roof from above, with a dormer at each end and two chimneys surmounting the flat top. The roof is 59 feet 6 inches long, covering the centre part of the north range (see plan in drawing 20).
The roof over the east and west ranges is a king-post structure with hipped ends. The principal rafters are spaced at irregular intervals along the length of the building, probably in response to the supporting brick walls beneath.
The clock tower springs from the entrance building and is surmounted by a hipped roof with eaves projecting 1 foot 10 3/4 inches over the wall.
The drawing was made by Sanders from sketches by Thomas Chawner (1774-1851, pupil 1788-94).
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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