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Reference number

SM (155) volume 76/64 (156) volume 76/65 (157) volume 76/66 (158) volume 76/61

Purpose

Record (working) drawings, 5 and 12 May 1815 (4)

Aspect

155 Chelsea Hospital, Plan of the Basement Story of the Clerk of the Works' House / Showing the alterations 156 Chelsea Hospital, Plan of the Ground - Floor of the Clerk of the Works' House / Showing the proposed alterations 157 Chelsea Hospital, Plan of the Chamber Floor of the Clerk of the Works' House / showing the proposed alterations 158 Chelsea Hospital, Plan of the Timbers of the Lead-Flat to part of the additions / at the Back part of the Clerk-of-the-Works' house.

Scale

(155-157) bar scale

Inscribed

155, 157-158 as above and some dimensions given 156 as above, labelled Hall, Office, Study, Waterclo[set], Staircase, Passage, China / Closet, Chamber, Eating Room, Drawing Room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(155) May 12th. 1815 (156) 12 May 1815 and May 12th. 1815 (157) May 12th. 1815 (158) May 5th. 1815

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(156) 1812

Notes

The three plans (155-157) show the old house in grey wash and Soane's additions in pink wash, on three floors. From the plans it can be seen that much of the old structure was retained and the additions, whilst enlarging the house dimensions, really introduced an element of symmetry to the structure as well.

Drawing 155, a plan of the basement, shows three staircases, the stair to the east (left) was part of old house (as can be seen on drawing 144 and 145). Soane has added a new stair to the south (which was probably the main stair) and an additional external staircase to the basement, on the far west (right) side. The majority of Soane's additions project to the south.

Drawing 156 shows the ground floor, with alterations including the southern extension, as well as additions to the east and north fronts of the old house. The drawing room shown on this plan has been partitioned off (a thin line in yellow wash) to create a passage and access to the chamber and eating room.

Drawing 157 shows considerable additions to the upper floor. The middle part of the house can be seen, from the elevations (drawings 161, 163-165) to continue into an attic storey and this is indicated on drawing 159 by the central stairs leading up. The twin south extensions are shown but these only have basement and ground floors. Drawing 157 shows the flat roofs projecting below the windows of the chamber floor shown.

Drawing 158 shows the timber roof structure, directly over the south-west corner room (on drawing 157). This plan is very similar to the beam structre shown in drawing 146, which is for the same portion of the house (though a different storey).

Level

Drawing

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