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SM 64/4/65


[58] Variant preliminary design and (verso) single storey design


Plan of the Stables &c and Elevation of the Stables &c (verso) plan, elevation and section of a single storey stables


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Henry Peters Esqr, labelled > Stables (twice), Straw (twice), corn (twice) Hay (twice), Two Carriages (twice), Harness / & / Saddle Room, Loose Stable and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 11/08/1798
    (Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields Augst 11 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and red washes, shaded on wove paper with one fold mark (523 x 664) (verso) pen, raw umber, sepia and red washes, shaded on paper as above


The office Day Book has 'Mansfield / Seward' as working on Betchworth on Saturday 11 August 1798


This revised plan has the wings extended so as to add a loose box at one end of one wing, the coach houses have been moved back and the stores for hay, straw and (new) corn are narrower so that the plan is a little more compact and no longer an H-plan in form.
The verso has a (cancelled design for a single-storey stables with five stalls in each wing, a single carriage house and two compartments, one with a chimney. Thus a simpler and more compact design than the recto.

Of loose boxes Giles Worsley wrote (inThe British Stable, 2004, pp.185-6) that 'The most significant innovation of the late eighteenth-cetury stable design was the introduction of the loose box .... A pen 10 ft or more square, enclosed on all sides, within which limits the horse has freedom of movement, as opposed to the enforced idleness of the stall ....Soane included individual 'loose stables' on a number of his designs for stables, including those for Lees Court, Kent in 1780 and at Tyringham Hall, Buckinghamshire, and Tendring Hall, Suffolk, in 1793, though these were by no means standard'. Soane labelled one of the compartments on drawing [58] as 'loose stable' and this was perhaps intended for any foaling or sick horses.



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