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Designs for the entrance hall, April 1798 (2)


The entrance hall is shown without the porte-cochère of previous designs. At the centre of the room are facing semicircular-headed windows measuring 10 feet in diameter. Drawing 140 shows where the hall meets the existing house, with a segmental-headed arch framing the door. The verso of drawing 139, dated 30 April, also concerns the intersection of the new hall with the existing building, determining the level of the 'old cellar' and with an inscription querying the thickness of the existing basement wall 'A'. Three vaults in the basement support the entrance hall, their brick piers measuring 1 foot 1½ inches wide.

The verso of drawing 140 is a plan of the basement storey of the office wing, which was altered simultaneous to designs for the entrance hall (q.v. drawings 127 to 130).



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