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Reference number

SM (10) volume 77/22 (11) volume 78/28 (12) volume 78/11 (13) volume 77/6 (14) 67/2/16

Purpose

Site plans showing the proposed position of Gordon House, before 9 March 1809 (4)

Aspect

10 Block plan of the west side of the hospital, showing the proposed site for Colonel Gordon's house 11 Copy, block plan of the west side of the hospital, showing the proposed site for Colonel Gordon's house 12 Block plan of the west side of the hospital, showing the original and an alternative site for Colonel Gordon's house 13 Copy, block plan of the west side of the hospital, showing the original and alternative site for Colonel Gordon's house 14 Survey of Premises / at / Chelsea, block plan of the west side of the hospital with a second alternative site for Colonel Gordon's house marked

Scale

(12-14) bar scale

Inscribed

10 labelled Copy of the outline / of the Plan received / from Mr Leverton / I think on the / 9th of March 1809, n.B. The Copy I had from / Mr Leverton which he / said was traced from / the original in the Land / Revenue Office was / numberd (sic) 12 in the papers / I produced at the Board at / Chelsea on april 20th & could not be found when the Board / broke up., A. Situation / of Stables, B. Situation of House, A, B and 29 11 labelled Copy of the outline / of the plan rec[eive]d. / from Mr Leverton / I think on the / 9th of March. 1809, NB. The copy I had from / Mr Leverton, which / he said was traced / from the original in / the Land R[evenue]. office / was (numberd 12) in these / papers I produced at / the Board at Chelsea on apr:20: & could not be x / x found when the Board / broke up, a, b, c, d, A. Situation / of stables, B. Sitn: of House, See Page and 29 12-13 labelled A, B and No. 5 14 as above, labelled The River Thames, 307 feet / Brick enbankment Wall, Tea Room (twice), Pond, Pleasure Ground, Ground belonging to Chelsea Hospital, Water Garden, Gates, Artificers Offices, The College (twice), East, Drying Ground (twice), Garden Yard, Road, Guard, yard (twice), coach House, House, Kitchen, Summer House, Clerk of Works / to / Chelsea Hospital, Stabling and Coach Ho[u]s., Paradise Row, Gough House, West, A Proposed scite (sic) for an / house between the / clump of Trees / B. Proposed scite (sic) for / the Stables / C. Origin at proposed Road / D. Entrance Road during / pleasure / E. Boundary line between / the Infirmary airing / Ground and Colonel Gordon

Signed and dated

(10-11) before 9 March 1809 (see Notes)

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Soane's report of 9 March 1809 records his visit to Thomas Leverton when he asked to see the plans for Colonel Gordon's house. These could not be found but were brought around to Soane's house by Leverton later that day. Drawings 10 and 11 are evidently copies of an original in Leverton's possession and there is also a printed version accompanying Soane's report in Papers, presented to the House of Commons, relating to the Building of a New Infirmary, and the Leasing of Ground at Chelsea Hospital. The drawings show the proposed site for Gordon's house which would obstruct the circulation of air from the river to the proposed site for Soane's Infirmary (across the airing ground). Soane also notes an objection to the 30 feet wide access road (from Paradise Row to Colonel Gordon's property) which he had thought was to be only 24 feet wide. The constriction on the Infirmary site was deemed too great.

As a result of these objections, Soane drew up three alternative plans for the location of Colonel Gordon's house, drawings 12 to 14. Drawings 12 and 13 show the original site proposed for the villa marked A and Soane's suggestion for another site, marked B. These plans are also printed along with Soane's report in Papers, presented to the House of Commons, relating to the Building of a New Infirmary, and the Leasing of Ground at Chelsea Hospital. Drawing 14 shows the altered position for the villa, shielded by 'a clump of trees'.

Literature

Papers, presented to the House of Commons, relating to the Building of a New Infirmary, and the Leasing of Ground at Chelsea Hospital (ordered by the House of Commons) to be Printed, 20th April 1809

Level

Drawing

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