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SM (123) volume 76/50 (124) volume 76/51


Site progress drawings, 20-26 November 1814 (2)


123 View of part of the New Stables at Chelsea Hospital (west side) with a small pile of broken bricks and some planks in the foreground. The return three-bay wings await their roofs. 124 Elevation of the Back Front of Stables at Chelsea Hospital (west side) showing on the right-hand a pavilion without a roof


(124) bar scale


123-124 as above

Signed and dated

  • (123) Novr. 20. 1814 (124) November 26th: 1814.


Soane office


The view of the stables represented in drawing 123 shows the west range, with a central doorway that extends through as a passageway, for pedestrians (being too narrow for a carriage to pass). The arched openings with jambs (on which the doors would be hung) all lead to double stalls. The two wider arches would eventually have large double doors across them and lead to coach houses. Both of these have a side door leading into further stalls (as can be seen from the plan in drawing 129). The partly constructed ranges to the north and south also had stalls.

Drawing 124 shows the other side of this west range. Ptolemy Dean describes this west front facing the road, with its blind arcading, as 'a Dulwich in compression'. An attic is shown above and was presumably accommodation for the grooms or coachmen.


P. Dean, 'The Royal Hospital Chelsea I- Pre-1815' in Sir John Soane and London, 2006, p.68



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