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Designs for the offices, 1794-5 (4)


Drawing 36 (the date cut off) shows the servants hall and scullery outlined in a light red wash which usually suggests that it is an addition. Various locations for the servants hall, scullery and pantry as well as the kitchen can be seen in drawings 1,4,7, 8,10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 and 24 with none of which does this drawing exactly correspond.
Drawing 37, dated 24 February 1794, almost a year after the main bulk of the drawings were made, offers accommodation for brewing, laundering and dairy work so the location of the kitchen, servants hall, scullery and pantry must have been resolved. The note on the drawing about letting out 'the Steam between the flues of the Chimney shaft [in the laundry] ... as was done at Mr Thornton's stables' refers to Godfrey Thornton of Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire (q.v.). His stables were built 1790-93 and though they partly remain, the drawings have not survived. Walter Payne, was clerk of works at Moggerhanger before coming to Sulby so would have understood the reference.
A year later drawing 39 (dated 5 March 1795) was sent by post to Sulby for Walter Payne, with an instruction as to the building of a porch to the kitchen front. Enclosed in the letter was a copy of the kitchen front (drawing 33 verso).



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