- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
The offices extend east from the house. The plans on drawings 2 and 3 are unlabelled but if one may assume that the building contains the same ground floor rooms as Soane's labelled preliminary design (drawing 1), the central passage leads to a servant's hall and secondary staircase before descending a quarter-flight of stairs past the housekeeper's room and then out to a covered passage that leads to a single-storey range with a kitchen, scullery and larders. Upstairs, the first floor has six rooms resembling servants' bedrooms, each having a chimney-piece, and another staircase to the attic. Only the middle two bays have an attic floor. On the south elevation, the first floor windows on four bays are surrounded by round-headed arched recesses. On both south and north elevations, the centre two bays have a string course between the first and attic storeys, and a cornice above.
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Working drawings for the offices, 8 May 1790 (4)
-  Working drawing for the offices, Ground floor plan, 8 May 1790
-  Working drawing for the offices, Plan of One Pair Floor, 8 May 1790
-  Working drawing for the offices, Elevation North Front, 8 May 1790
-  Working drawing for the offices, Elevation of South Front, 8 May 1790