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Reference number

SM (216) 66/5/4 (217) 66/5/3 (218) 66/5/7 (219) 66/5/5

Purpose

Designs for alterations to apartments in the north wing of the Light Horse Court, 31 January 1820 - 7 April 1835 (4)

Aspect

216 Ground floor Plan of the North East Wing Building, Chelsea Hospital 217 Ground floor Plan of the North East Wing Building, Chelsea Hospital 218 Ground floor Plan of the Physicians Apartments / on the 1 pair Floor (North East angle of Main Building), Chelsea Hospital 219 Plan of the Chaplain's Apartments / at Chelsea Hospital, / shewing the alteration required b[efore] April 1835 (ground floor)

Scale

(217-219) bar scale

Inscribed

216 as above, labelled (pencil) Mr. Thorn_ _ _ [illegible] (twice), Steward (twice), Sec[retar]y and Serv[ant] / Bed / ch[amber] 217 as above, labelled Burtons Court 218 as above, labelled (pencil) alterations / _ _ _ / for / D. _ _ _ _ _ [illegible] (twice) 219 as above, labelled Part of the East Court, Nursery, Part of the / Chapel, Vestry Room, Drawing Room, Bed Chamber, Court Yard, Entrance / Lobby, Pantry, Stairs to Kitchen, Sitting Room, Bed Chamber, WC, Closet, Servant / Bed Room, Burton's Court, (pencil) q[uer]y Sexton and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(216-218) 31st. January 1820 (219) Chelsea Hospital. 7 April 1835

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Drawings 216 to 219 show the same part of Wren's Hospital as drawings 214 to 215, though they are dated later and relate to later alterations: slightly varied room allocations ('Secretary' is labelled on drawing 216 of a room that was previously the Comptroller's) and some pencil additions including staircase alterations.

Drawings 216 and 217 are evidently an original and its copy. The layout of rooms is similar in all four plans (216-219) to drawings 214-215.

As drawing 218 shows, the Physician had appartments on the first floor. The Board of Commissioners' minutes for February 1820 record Soane's estimates for repairs to these quarters and the Commissioners' orders that the Physician should be found accommodation elsewhere. The board also asked Soane 'to submit a Plan and Estimate for altering the Premises situated between the Apartments of the First Chaplain and the Comptroller, in such manner as to afford each of those Officers the accommodations solicited by them in their Memorial'. Drawing 218 is evidently a survey for the proposed division of the Physician's appartments on the first floor, between the Chaplain and Comptroller, though it is unclear how the rooms were to be divided.

Drawing 219 records later alterations made to the Chaplain's apartments, just two years before Soane's death.

Literature

Royal Hospital Chelsea: Board Minutes and Papers, January 1816-September 1818 (National Archives WO 250/377)

Level

Drawing

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