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Preliminary design for a sundial, c1763-85 (1)


There is no evidence that any such sundial was executed at Audley End. Adam was responsible for a dairy and brewhouse complex in 1763, for which no drawings survive. This is now connected to Adams kitchens by a later building, and it is possible that the sundial was intended for this position.



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