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SM 5/1/15


[1] Survey plan of house and offices


General Plan of House & Offices


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Henry Peters Esqre, Betchworth Castle, labelled :Drying Ground, Poultry House, Poultry Yard, Sheds (3 times), Coach horse / Stables, Stable Yard, Offices, House, Lawn (twice), Tool / House, Greenhouse and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 10/07/1798
    Lincolns Inn Fields July 10 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia washes, some pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (557 x 686)


Henry Hake Seward (1778 - 1848)
Pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808. Information from the Soane office Day Book.


The survey plan includes the outline of a proposed dairy, octagonal on plan. The stables lie very close to the house and this was to be remedied. The compass shows the favourable east-west orentation of the house.



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