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SM (226) 66/5/12


Record (design) drawing, 1827


226 Plan of Artificers Yard, Chelsea Hospital (verso) unrelated Plan and Elevation of Basement / Back Stairs, Plan and Elevation of / Garret Stairs, Elevation of Stairs from / Hall floor to Chamber and Plan of Stairs at / Chamber Story


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as above, labelled Joiners Shed, Passage (twice), Carpenters Shed, Privy, Glaziers Shed, Painters Shed, Masons Shed, Bricklayers Shed, Plasterers Shed, Slaters Shed, Stores, Copper, Office, Plumbers Shed, Yard, Gar_ (cropped) and some dimensions given (verso) as above, labelled 11¼ tread 72 ¾ Riser, 11¼ tread 72 ½ Riser, 11¼ tread 6 3/8 Riser and some dimensions given

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  • 1827


Soane office


The Artificers' Yard was one of the later buildings to be constructed by Soane at Chelsea (1822-1823). It was situated on the west side of the Hospital, set slightly back from the West Road, behind the Surgeon's House and Whitster's residence (in between the Bakehouse and Gardener's House).

The former Artificers' Yard was situated in the muddle of old service buildings opposite the West Court and was added c.1720s. After Soane had built and rebuilt, variously, a Bakehouse, and houses for the Gardener, Surgeon and Whitster in this area it was necessary to relocate and rebuild the Artificers' Yard.

Soane's new yard has workshops allocated to nine of the building trades with an office, store and privies.

The verso of drawing 226 appears to be unrelated to Chelsea Hospital. It shows the plans and sections of a secondary stair of four storeys (basement to garret).



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