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SM Adam volume 41/4


[2] Design for the ground storey of a house and the first storey of offices and stables, c1782, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of an eleven-by-seven bay building with a stepped front leading to a colonnaded entrance and a rectangular hall beyond. To the rear of the hall there is an elongated saloon with stepped access to the grounds beyond. The saloon is flanked by staircases, a drawing room and a dressing room. To the left of the hall there is a drawing room with an apsidal end containing niches and this leads to a dining parlour, which is divided by a screen. To the right of the hall there is a further staircase and a passage which links to an additional stepped entrance. The passage is flanked by a library and small closet rooms which link to a bedchamber. The central block is flanked by curved linked bays which lead to the first-floor level of the flanking wings. The left-hand link block contains a semi-circular staircase with niches. The wing beyond contains a double-height kitchen and a passage set around a central light well. The passage links to a dining room, dressing rooms and bed chambers, and there is a suite of rooms containing a circular cold bath and an octagonal hot bath which is heated by a furnace. The two bathrooms are linked by an antechamber. The right-hand link bay contains a circular study and a water closet. Beyond this the first-floor level of the stable block contains bedrooms for coachmen, grooms and visiting servants, haylofts and a granary


bar scale of 5/8 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Principal Story of Rainham House / (and in the hand of William Adam) the Seat of Lord Viscount Townshend / Hall / Drawing room / Dining Parlour / Drawing room / Saloon / Dressing room / State Bed Chamber / Passage / Library / Kitchen continued / Dining Room / Cold bath / Anti Chamber / Passage / Hot bath / Furnace / Bed Chamber / Water Closet / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Dress. room / Dressing Room / Dressg room / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Bed Chamber / Water Closet / Study / Hay Loft / Warder(?) Grooms room / Coachmans Bed room / Grainery / Postillions Bed room / hay Loft / Closet / Grooms Bedroom / Closet / Strangers Servants Bedroom / N (pencil) / S (pencil) / W (pencil) / faint pencil inscription and some dimensions and figures given

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (852 x 495)


Office hand, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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