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SM 28/2/1


Survey plan, 1783


1 Part Ground floor Plan Of old Tendering Hall Suffolk with north point


bar scale of 1/6 inch to one foot


as above, rooms labelled Temple room, Best Stairs, Bilyard room, Hall, Dining parlor, Presence room, Admiral Dresing / room, Office, Kitchen, Scullery, Pasage, Cooks / Pantry, Servents Hall, Butter pantry, Houskeep's room, and (cut) [? morn]ing room and [d]rawing room and verso (inscribed by Robert Baldwin fl.1762-c.1804) Tendring Hall / Ground Plan of Old House

Signed and dated

  • 1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash partly within double ruled border on laid paper cut on the right-hand and left-hand sides. (457 x 630)


unidentified surveyor


Portal, fleur-de-lis with P within crowned cartouche with GR below


The unfamiliar drawing paper, hand, spelling and compass point suggest that the plan was not made in Soane's office but by Admiral Rowley's surveyor.

The earlier house was acquired in c. 1750 by Admiral William Rowley who was succeeded by his second son in 1768 - Admiral Sir Joshua Rowley, created 1st Baronet in June 1786 and dying in 1790 when he was succeeded by his son William Rowley.

The earliest dated drawing among those for Tendring at the Soane Museum for is a plan for the 'Kitchen Court of Offices' offices dated 5 January 1784 that has a companion plan of the 'Basement Story, of Offices &c'

Soane on a site visit to Tendring Hall on 8 May 1784 (Note Book 11) determined that the old house must be demolished. A site was chosen on rising ground with good views over the park and river valley.



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