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image Image 1 for SM (224) 67/3/4 (225) volume 48/4
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SM (224) 67/3/4 (225) volume 48/4


Working drawings, c.1822 (2)


224 Rough elevation of roof truss, Chelsea Hospital 225 Chelsea Hospital / Elevation of half of the Roof / to the Centre building of the / Surgeons' new apartments


(225) bar scale


224 as above, labelled The truss at A in the plan.- and some dimensions and calculations given 225 as above, labelled rises in the Centre 3"½, centre and some dimensions given


Soane office


The Surgeon and Whitster were accommodated in one building (the Surgeon in grander and larger quarters). The arrangement of the building comprises a large central building with a pitched roof, flanked by wings with separate hipped roofs (with flat tops supporting chimneys). Drawing 225, with queen post structure, is for the roof over the centre part of the Surgeon's House, as the inscription indicates. Drawing 224 is probably for one of the side pavilions, which has a flat top.

The widths of the two elevations - (224) around 38 ft (225) around 48 ft - support the suggestion that drawing 224 is also for this building as the difference appears to correspond to the difference in width between the two side wing roofs and the central roof.



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