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  • image SM 79/1/5 recto & verso

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SM 79/1/5 recto & verso


[1] Preliminary design for buildings published in 1788 (pl. 43)


Plan, elevation and section of buildings. (recto) Half-plan of Brick wall and elevation of bridge (verso) copy of a letter, see below


bar scale of 3/16 in to 1 ft


Hellesdon Bridge, labelled High Water, Low Water, old Pier, Spur stone, Road, Brick (3 times), Stone and some dimensions given and (verso) copy of a letter viz. Margaret Street. Feby 7th 1785 / Dear Sir / I have enclosed you a Sketch for a new Bridge at Hellesdon / in which I have studied Economy & Durability to the utmost extent of / my abilities, it consi[s]ts of Iron, Stone & Brick & although a Bridge of / Wood costs less at first, yet the frequent repairs that unavoidably must / occur would in a very short time make it more expensive than that / I have the pleasure to recommend with sincere wishes to make myself / useful to the Corporation of Norwich / I am Sir / Your Obedt Servt / JS / I think from a general Estimate / that the enclosed Design will cost / about £1100 / A Copy

Signed and dated

  • 29-01-1785
    Jan: 29: 1785 and (verso) Feby 7th 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on laid paper with 3 fold marks (449 x 590)


Soane, (verso) Soane office clerk ?


J Whatman, fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W



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