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SM (185) 66/5/15 (186) 67/1/24 (187) 67/1/25


Design, 26 January-28 July 1818 (3)


185 Chelsea Hospital, Plan of New Guard House 186 Chelsea Hospital, Plan of the new Guard House. - built 1818 187 Chelsea Hospital, Elevations of the Front and Side of the new Guard House


(185-187) bar scale


185-187 as above and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (185) Taken Jany 26th 1818 Mee (186) 28th July 1818 (187) 24th July 1818


(185) A.P. Mee (1802-1868, pupil 1818-1823) (186-187) Soane office


Drawings 185-186 show a three-room building, each room with its own fireplace under a central chimney-stack that is a simpler version of that shown on drawing 184. The additional small room (8' 6" x 5' 9" in drawing 188) with slit windows may have been intended as an armoury or as a detention cell.

Drawing 187 shows Soane's yellow stock brick exterior, with a dentilated cornice (similar to the Bakehouse). The windows, door and blind window have red rubbed-brick surrounds. Stone quoining is used at the building's corners. As with other small buildings built by Soane (and Wren) at Chelsea, the Guardhouse has a hipped slate roof and central chimney.



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