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Topographical record drawings, September 1828 (3)


Drawing 48 is a view of the Stone Lodge with Pell Wall House in the background. The drawing shows a road that approaches the house by way of the lodge.

Drawing 49 shows the house and stables, with the town of Market Drayton in the distance. The brick stables were built on an axis with the offices and house. The weathervane and clock turret over the stables are aligned so as to be seen from the house through an arch in the kitchen flue (P Dean, p. 195).

Drawing 50 is a view of the entrance front. An elevation of the same front is also shown on drawing 37. The projecting portico is raised from the drive and the basement is sunk, resulting a difference of five feet in ground levels. Soane discovered this this in 1822 and considered either moving the site to more level ground or 'otherwise a considerable amount of earth would have to be removed, and a carriage would have great difficulty in stopping at the hall door'. It is unclear whether he moved the site or not, but drawings of the house (such as drawing 50) show a sloping ground and varying levels, suggesting that the site was not moved.

Drawings 48 to 50 are attributed to Joseph Michael Gandy. His style of drawing is recognizable, and Soane's personal notebook records that Gandy was at the site in September 1828 (SNB 196).


G. Worsley, 'Pell Wall Hall, Staffordshire', Country Life, April 7 1988, illustration 3, pp. 134-137; M. Richardson, and M. Stevens, John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, pp. 205; P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p. 195-96.



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