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image SM volume 111/43

Reference number

SM volume 111/43

Purpose

Estate plan, dated 1722

Aspect

Plan, with laid-out elevations of buildings, compass, cartouche, scale and inscriptions

Scale

1 chain (66 feet) to ½ inch

Inscribed

In pen and brown ink within cartouche, to left, A PLAN OF BRAMTON HOUSE, Castle, Gardens and lands contiguous: Belonging to the Right Hon.ble Robert Earl of Oxford, MDCCXXII; and on parts of the estate with the names Lingen Tack, TEMD FLUV :, THE COW MEADOW, Cow Leasow Bank, Road from Knighton to Bramlow; and within grounds of castle with letters A to f, which relate to the legend at bottom left: A. the lower Garden or Orchard. / B. the Bowling green. / C. the Canal. / D. place behind the house. / E. the Castle. / f. the Kitchen Garden.; and above scale, Scale of Chains

Signed and dated

1722

Medium and dimensions

Pen with brown and grey inks, with green, brown, pink, black and grey washes, with ruled brown ink border; on thick laid paper; 448 x 564.

Hand

Unidentified, but possibly connected with James Gibbs

Watermark

Small fleur-de-lys

Notes

Bramton House is known today as Brampton Hall. The castle in the grounds of the house (E on the map) was the Harley family home from 1309. The present Brampton Hall is 'a sizeable Georgian brick house with stone dressings and a hipped roof...The S front is of seven bays with a pedimented three-bay projection' (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Herefordshire, 1963, p. 82). This is presumably a replacement, or an adaptation, of the house shown in this plan, which is six bays wide with an asymmetrically placed door. The river TEMD on the plan is the Tame, which passes through Ludlow.The drawing is in the hand of an extremely competent draughtsman, and the cartouche is especially well drawn and shaded. It compares with some by Gibbs in his Book of Architecture, 1728 (e.g. p. 132, right), and given the architect's connection with the Harley family, his (partial) involvement in the production of this drawing cannot be ruled out. Gibbs may, in fact, have prepared a design for a new house on this site in 1713 (see 'Unidentified designs/2 Two designs attributed to James Gibbs for a large house with a library wing, 1713, possibly for Brampton House, Herefordshire'; SM volume 111/33 and 26).

Literature

Not previously published

Level

Drawing

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