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image Image 1 for SM (125) volume 76/56 (126) volume 76/57 (127) volume 76/59
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  • image Image 3 for SM (125) volume 76/56 (126) volume 76/57 (127) volume 76/59

Reference number

SM (125) volume 76/56 (126) volume 76/57 (127) volume 76/59

Purpose

Site record drawings of the old stables, 25 April 1815 (3)

Aspect

125 View of the Front of the Clerk of the Works' house and Old Stables / as they stood previously to the alterations, Chelsea Hospital 126 View of the Old Stables, Chelsea Hospital and of the old Clerk of Works' House 127 View of the Back front of the Old Stables, Chelsea Hospital

Inscribed

125-127 as above

Signed and dated

(125-127) April 25th. 1815

Hand

Soane office

Notes

C.G.T. Dean describes the old stables pictured in drawings 125 to 127: 'At the entrance the roofs were hipped, and there were brick piers capped by stone balls, with cannon let into the ground at their outer corners. Inside the yard there were
ubb'd arches over the Doors and Windows on the ground floor, and lucerne, or wooden dormers, to the attics. A row of five workshops with lodgings overhead stood next the main road, and somewhat larger premises for the carpenter on the opposite side of the yard.'

Dean adds that 'The old Stable-yard was built mainly in 1692-4, though additions were made between then and 1698. It was more than double the size of the present yard, and provided stabling for thirty-six horses, three of which were for the Governor.'

The old stable yard was demolished as a result of the construction of the neighbouring new Infirmary. In order for the Infirmary to have the space and ventilation necessary, the stables site was eventually moved (post Infirmary) to a new site, to the west of the latter.

Drawings 125 and 126 also show the old Clerk of Work's house, which is discussed in the notes to drawings 146-148 of the next section.

Literature

C.G.T. Dean, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, 1950, p.115-116

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Drawing

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