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Reference number

SM volume 42/141 recto and verso

Purpose

Outline design by Walter Payne (Clerk of Works) with letter and (verso) sketch details by Soane

Aspect

Plan, section and details; (verso LHS) related plan, section and details; (verso RHS) related roof plan and details

Scale

(recto) bar scale of 1/4 in to 1 ft

Inscribed

labelleddoor, dimensions given and letter: Bethworth (sic) Castel May 4 1800 / Sir / I Recd your letter and the draft Inclosd / for 25 pounds Mr & Mrs Peters are at Bethworth / and Desired me to send the Out lines of the / Greenhouse they would wish to have the width / of 6 feet at A to be Covered with Lead all the / Other part Glass and that no flew is wanted / desired me he cannot go any wider than / the 15'-9" but wish any other Improvement / If to be done before I leave the Castel / I shall be glad to have the drawings, as soon / as posibel - The parti[ti]ons over laundry / Mr Peters wish to have ---- (illegible) the two / rooms to be made as big cannot hear / each other one Room is for Maid servants / and the Other for Men shall be glad to [k]now / If I should putt a Quarter part[it]ion. // Mr Morefield desired me to inform you / that in Consequence of your desire he / will not be abel to leave the Castel / before Sunday Week // Wr Payne; (verso LHS) labelled Door, (pencil) stone plinth, Top must be fixed / from its ---- (illegible), Ipswich / Mail / Swan 2 clock / (?) Lord Lane, Glass / to slide or / hang, glass, dimensions given; (verso RHS) Q[uer]y / Cornice Circular and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(letter) W[alte]r Payne and May 4 1800

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen, warm sepia wash, pencil; (verso) brown pen, pencil, on wove paper with several fold marks and folded to fit (322 x 402)

Hand

Walter Payne (Clerk of Works), Soane

Watermark

S Lay 1794

Notes

For copies of working drawings for the greenhouse including full size details, dated May 1800 see SM 8/3/46-50. For drawings for alterations and additions, and for estate buildings including a dairy, icehouse and stables, 1798-1801 see Concise Catalogue.

D. Stroud (op.cit., p.177) wrote that 'only a few stones remain of the mansion at Betchworth' though the stable building remains.
Walter Payne was one of Soane's Clerks of Work and from 1802 dealt with the Bank of England in the City of London and its branch offices as well as other of Soane's jobs. Payne was still at the Bank when Soane retired in 1833 and he and his wife received an annuity from Soane. (D.Stroud, op cit., pp.64, 73; G.Darley, John Soane: an accidental romantic, 1999, pp. 92, 281 )
For alterations and additions to the house, a dairy and stables see (this) volume 42/41, 42/154, 42/155

Literature

D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed., 1996, pp.177-9

Level

Drawing

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