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Design for the exterior, 31 March 1789

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On 3 April 1789 an estimate of £4625 was delivered to the client. The running dimensions on drawing 20 suggest that it was made to estimate the quantity and price of materials required for the north front.

The elevation shows the new addition and part of the existing house. A three-bay three storey structure with a single-storey east wing, as attached to the existing house. The elevation has running dimensions, which suggests that it may have been used to estimate the quantity and price of bricks required for the north front.

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