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Survey drawings of house and offices 'previous to the Alterations in the Year 1808' (4)


Following Soane's rough survey drawings of the existing house in 1790 (drawing 2) these survey drawings of Moggerhanger as it was in 1808 before the rebuilding for Stephen Thornton are useful as an indication of what was built for Godfrey Thornton (died 1805) and the extent of what replaced that early phase of alterations and additions.
Regarding drawing 38 (survey plan of the cellars) see drawing 5 for an early design of c.1791 for enlarging them. For later designs see drawings 65 and 79.
Drawing 39 of the ground floor is closest to drawing 22 (1806) with only minor differences. The plans of the four bedroom floors (drawing 40) show 17 bedrooms in all, together with closets, water closets and passages (all numbered from 1 to 27). The 'New Appartments' are on the south side of the house with a mostly top-lit attic and the 'Old Appartments' are on the north side over the domestic offices and with three attic bedrooms. A comparison with the only other bedroom floor plan of the first phase (drawing 4, dated 1791) shows four bedrooms to the polite part of the first floor, three of them existing, and corresponds quite closely with 'Bed Chambers in / New appartments' of drawing 40. 'New' must refer to Dance's work of circa 1791 and presumably 'old' to the existing arrangements. Drawing 41, shows the house without its offices: the three-bay, two-storeys with attic entrance front, the three-bay, two-storeys with dormered attic south front and the smaller north front. Earlier rough drawing 2 (1790, recto and verso) showed the existing south front while drawing 15, made in 1797, is of the west front with the unexecuted bow front to the breakfast or ante-room.



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