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  • image SM 64/4/73

Reference number

SM 64/4/73


[57] Preliminary design


Plan of Stables and Elevation of Stables with pencil amendments carried out in drawing [58]


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Henry Peters Esqr, labelled Stables (twice), Straw (twice), Hay (twice), 2 Carriages (twice, Harness / & / Saddle Room and Loose Stable

Signed and dated

  • 11/08/1798
    Lincolns Inn Fields / Aug: 11: 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt umber, sepia and light red washes, shaded, pricked for transfer on wove paper with 3 fold marks (535 x 630)


The office Day Book has 'Mansfield / Seward' as working on Betchworth on Saturday 11 August 1798


The plan is a stretched H-plan with a two-storey centre that contains carriage houses with (most probably) accommodation over for the grooms. Ten horses are housed in stalls. As with his designs for a lodge, a dairy and an ice house Soane uses thatch for the roof.
Pencil amendments, presumably by Soane, elongate one wing and move the carriage houses to the rear as seen in drawing [58].



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