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SM 65/1/13


[38] Design for an octagonal dairy


Plan of the Dairy and Elevation of the Dairy with pencil alternative plan added by Soane


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, Henry Peters Esqr, labelled Dairy and Scalding Room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 11/08/1798
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields Augst 11 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, burnt umber, sepia and red washes, shaded, added pencil, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (499 x 623)


The office Day Book entry for 11 August 1798 has: Mansfield and Seward as working on Betchley Castle, That is, George Mansfield, surveyor 1 May 1797 - December 1800 and Henry Hake Seward (1778-1848), pupil and assistant May 1794 - September 1808


The dairy, 20 x 20 feet, is octagonal on plan with seven windows and a door leading to the 10 x 10 scalding room. The roof of the dairy room is a tapering octagonl finished by an octagonal lantern/ventilator. The link between dairy and scalding room is plain with a window on each side and two curved steps to the dairy. The four-part pencil alternative plan (of the recto) reverts to square/rectangular forms.



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