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image Image 1 for SM (1) volume 77/23 (2) volume 78/29
image Image 2 for SM (1) volume 77/23 (2) volume 78/29
  • image Image 1 for SM (1) volume 77/23 (2) volume 78/29
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SM (1) volume 77/23 (2) volume 78/29

Purpose

Site plans showing Yarborough House as a proposed site for the new Infirmary, c. December 1808-February 1809 (2)

Aspect

1-2 Block plans showing the west side of the hospital, with Yarborough's house (pink wash)

Inscribed

1-2 labelled Copy of Plan / rec[eive]d. from / Sir David Dundas / Feb. 3rd 1809, The Buildings marked Red lately belonging to Lord / Yarborough are those which are requested as an / Infirmary, to Chelsea Hospital and formerly belonged to it / That marked a (a low shed of a Ground floor) is included / That marked b. and the Green House remain with / the unappropriated part of the Ground, In whatever manner the remainder of the / Ground is disposed of, it is hoped and presumed / that no buildings will be erected upon it / that can interfere with the appearance of / the Hospital more than what the present / ones do. / (signed) D. D., NB. The Red parts are those wanted for the Infirmary, Lord Yarborough , Pleasure Ground, Edge of Bank, Gravel Walk, Green House, artificers offices, Drying / Ground (twice), Whister & Surgeon, Proposed Boundary Wall, Proposed Road & Wall, Exercisee Ground, Coal / Yard, Stable Yard, Paradise Row, Burtons Court, College, Water Garden, Canal, The Garden, The Canal from the Thames, a, b, A, 31 and (pencil) Plan A

Signed and dated

(1-2) c. December 1808 to February 1809 (see Notes)

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawings 1 and 2 are copies of an unknown original and the same is printed along with 'a copy of a letter from the Secretary of Chelsea Hospital to William Huskisson, Esq.; inclosing a Plan for Building a new Infirmary at Chelsea Hospital' in 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). The letter is dated to December 1808 so it follows that the plan accompanying it was made around that month, although the two copies recorded here are dated to 3rd February 1809.

These drawings represent the first surveys, examining explore the possibilities for a new Infirmary on the site of Lord Yarborough's old residence (earlier known as Walpole House). Thus the extent of the said property is marked out by pink wash in both drawings. The lease on the land had only just been re-acquired by the Treasury at this point.

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Drawing

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