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SM volume 42/166 verso


Preliminary design perhaps intended for publication


Ground floor plan with amendments, variant plans to a smaller scale and revised plan of service stair, and front elevation


bar scale of 1/8 in to 1 ft


Library, Parlor, Kitchen, Door, Scullery, Pantry, dimensions given and (feint pencil) Plan of the Hall Story

Signed and dated

  • (on cupola) 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil




A two-storey, five-bay house with a cupola inscribed '1777' and with wind vane and clock. The design of the front is a stilted tradesman's Gothick with quatrefoil windows under hood moulds (decorated with cusps, stops, crockets and masks) on the upper floor and windows with two arched lights under labels on the ground floor; the entrance is fronted by a shallow, domed porch on four columns later amended on plan. The house is entered by a hall 12 by 10 feet, on the left is the stair on an elliptical plan, to the right the servants stair, pantry and scullery. In the centre is a 22 by 15 feet parlour with a shallow bow with three windows facing the garden and on one side the library measuring 14.6 by 15.6 that is balanced by the kitchen 14.6 by 17.0.Perhaps intended for Soane's Designs in architecture (1778) but not used.


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, p.90



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