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  • image SM 5/1/12

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SM 5/1/12


[6] Rough ground floor plan by Soane


Sketch of Design for the Alterations and Additions to Betchworth Castle with rough detail of a chimneypiece


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Henry Peters Esqre, Washing, Laundry, Folding Table, Mangle, Door, Court, Servts Powd[ering], Bakeh[ouse], Kitchen, Brick oven, ------, Scullery, Sink, Dry Larder, Wet Larder, Coals, Lobby, Arcade, Servants Hall, ----- Chy, HKeeper, Butler, Mr Peters Room, Dressing / Room, WC, Lobby / lighted by / a large window / in partition A and (chimneypiece only) dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, hatching, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (530 x 660)


Sir John Soane RA (1753 - 1837)


A comparison with the survey plan of the ground floor ([2]) shows that the stables wing has been made into a laundry, bakehouse, kitchen and scullery while the other offices have been changed so that, for example, the servants hall is now the housekeeper's room. To the south the old kitchen has become a re-configured room for Mr Peters and the drawing room is now merged with the breakfast room and the south side has twin apsidale ends facing east and west. A south west projection (labelled Mr Peters powdering room) has a semicircular addition.
Regarding the sketch design for a chimney piece see working drawings [9-11].



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