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image SM (17) 67/5/15

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SM (17) 67/5/15


Site plan with the location of the new Infirmary, as built, c. June 1810


17 Block plan of Chelsea Hospital with Plan, shewing the situation of the New Infirmary / as now executing


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as above, labelled Paradise Row, Stables etc, Stable Yard, Coal Yard, Drying Ground (twice), Carriage Way, The Great West Court, Creek, River Thames, Ground in the occupation of / Col[one]l. Gordon, Line of Boundary Wall asked for by the architect to the Hospital, Whitsters, Boundary Wall as Built, Hospital / Wash house, Surgeon's / house, Airing Ground, arcade for Exercise, Infirmary and Clerk of the / Works

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  • c. June 1810 (see Notes)


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Drawing 17 is the last of the site drawings relating to the construction of a new Infirmary. The Infirmary plan now incorporates part of Yarborough House (the drawing room) and is formed of three attached wings fronted by a colonnade so as to provide the invalids with somewhere to exercise during bad weather. Colonel Gordon's house is marked in pencil and the remaining portion of the Whitster's residence is also labelled.



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