(52-53) bar scale (54) to a scale (55-56, 58) bar scale
52 as above, labelled Chelsea Hospital, Matron (twice), Entrance (twice), Nurse (five times), Staircase (twice), Ward / for / 4 Births, sink (three times), Water Clos[et] (twice), Lobby (twice), Ward / for / 8 Births (twice), ab[ou]t. 68 feet, Colonnade for exercise in bad Weather, Ward / for / Eight births (twice), Bathroom, closet, Common Room / for / the Nurses, Washouse, do[or], Foul Ward, Ward / for / five patients, ch[imn]y and some dimensions given
55 as above, labelled (Soane) NB. The Board asked very / few questions respecting this / plan1, their attention was / directed to the Estimate, to / know why the Estimate del[ivere]d / with this design exceeded / the former del[ivere]d the (blank) / so much - & I inserted the reasons / in my report then before them / J.S., 1 it appeared as if they / had determined to adopt it / before I was called in., NB. The plan of the / Infirmary was shewn / to dr. Moseley on the / nursing (7 June) before / it went to the Board, / who saw no objection to / the arrangements proposed, 7 June 1810. Plan submitted to the / Board of Com[missioner]s. at Chelsea / this day & fully approved, except by / Sir D. Dundas who having asked what / space was left at KK. I answered / about 12 feet, he replied that was not / sufficient for a carriage way which was to be / reserved for the new villa!!! (his words were to Col[one]l. Gordons premises) / this observation was particularly addressed to Mr. Levy? who made no reply in my hearing, If Colonade (sic) : the Col[umn]s. / in front of the old / Garden Room will suit / (speak to Mr. Copland / about them (ab[ou]t. 10 or 12 / pounds each)., Qy / XX Then partitions at all / events only 7 or 8 feet / high but perhaps / entirely omitted, Oct: 1810 / A. Qy: make this the / Bathroom & the / washouse under / proposed Bath Room B, Qy should not / the Bath Room / & the Bath itself / be separate, Floor of Front Ward / ab[ou]t. three feet lower / than the other floors / of the other Wards, Part of the airing Grounds / to be raised above the / present level about 2 feet & / an half, Part of the Garden belonging to Gough House, Ward / for / Eight Births (twice), Nurse (twice), Water Closet (three times), Ward / for / Four Births (twice), Washouse, Foul / Ward, Bath Room, Ward / For / Six Births (twice), Arcade / or / Colonnade for Exercise in Bad Weather, Helper (twice), Nurses / Common Room, Visiting / Apothecary, Matron (twice), Lobby, Infirmary / Court, The Coal Yard, The bake House / as proposed by / this plan, Coach House, Joiners / Shop, Guard / House, Stables etc (three times), Entrance, The Stable Yard, Carriage Way, Qy this Entrance, Paradise Row, (feint pencil) The Dead House / etc / Moseley / says more / will be necessary, qy windows, qy Ch[imne]y, no Cellar (twice), Nurse, Staircase (twice), passage, recess, pass[age], Cellar / Tank (twice), sink, way to Co[one]l Gordons Villa and some dimensions and calculations given
56 as above, labelled (Soane) nB. This plan was submitted to the / Board of Com[missioner]s at Chelsea 7 June 1810 / & fully approved, except by Sir D. Dundas / who having asked what space was left at K.K. / I answered about 10 or 12 feet, he replied / that was not sufficient for a carriage / way which was to be reserved to the new Villa! (his words were to Col. Gordons Premises)/ his observation was particularly addressed to Mr. Long who made no reply, in my hearing, Part of the Garden / belonging to Gough House, Ward / for / Eight Births (twice), Nurse (three times), Water Closet (four times), Sink (four times), Ward / for / Four Births (twice), Wash-House, Foul-Ward, Nurse's / Common Room, Ward / for / Six Births (twice), Arcade / or / Colonnade for Exerciese in Bad Weather, Bath-Room, Visiting / Apothecary, Lobby (twice), Staircase, Matron (three times), Closet, Entrance Court, Coach House, Coal Yard, Open Court, Offices for / Coal Comptrollers, Privy, Guard House, Joiners Shop, Stables etc (three times), Entrance, Stable Yard, Paraduse Row, Carriage Way, (feint pencil) NB If the Col[umn]s that made the / pavilion pulled down / can be had they will / do admirably well for / this collonade (sic), D. Ventilation, Qy arcade of the [illegible] of Colonel Gordon, Ground Raised with / the dry Rubbish / ab[out] 2 feet, NB. This proposed to make raised the level / of the floor of the new Wards / 2: to above the floor of the / Room B. as shewn by the / Steps at C., Cleansing Ground, Cleans[ing] G[rou]nd, dead, 2 stories higher, Bath Room, Closet, low cellar (twice), Nurses com / mon Room, open, Matron / Court, Slope 2.6 inch: 70 feet, A A high window are _ _ _ _ / that the Helpers might / hear any noise in the / Wards, Coal Yard and some illegible pencil markings
58 as above, labelled The Infirmary, Present level of the Earth, Centre of Wall (twice), Stone & Brick, Stone (three times), (faint pencil) Chelsea Hospital / June 19th 1810, and some dimensions given
Signed and dated
- (55) Lincolns Inn Fields June 1810 (56) John Soane Arch. 6th June 1810 (57) John Soane Archt., 6th June 1810 (58) L.I. Fields 13 June 1810
(52) Soane (53-54, 57) Soane office (55-56, 58) Soane office, Soane
The design represented in this group of drawings could be labelled 'design B' as by this point Soane had succumbed to the Board of Commissioners' wishes that the new Infirmary should involve the conversion of at least part of Yarborough House. Thus as Margaret Richardson writes, the new design 'consisted of a long range of buildings running east-west from which two wings extended south', as shown in drawing 52.
Drawings 53 to 56 indicate the parts of Yarborough House (marked in grey) considered for conversion to the new Infirmary. The extent of conversion increases from plan 53 to plan 56, the former showing only the matron's room, visiting apothecary, one ward and the nurses' common room (as labelled on drawing 55) as part of that conversion. The following three plans also include another ward for eight patients, as part of the re-use.
Drawing 57 shows the new shape of the Infirmary in perspective, with the arcade and balcony of former designs but without a rusticated basement. Interestingly, the muddle of service buildings that were situated to the east of the Infirmary (as shown in drawings 53 to 56) were not included and their absence screened by a tree. Obviously the close proximity of these old buildings to the new Infirmary was not considered ideal. Drawing 58 shows a similar elevation to drawing 57, with a pedimented attic-pedestal framed by lions on each side (added in Soane's hand).
The inscription to 56 'mr. Long' probably refers to Charles Long, who was on the Board of Commissioners and was later to prevent Soane's dismissal from his post at Chelsea.
M. Richardson, 'Soane in Chelsea', pp.45-51, The Chelsea Society Report, 1992
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