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SM (223) 66/5/1


Record drawing, c.1818-1821


223 General Plan of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea, showing Wren's Great East and West Courts and the position of the new Infirmary, as built


bar scale


as above, labelled Burtons Court, The Governor's Garden, The East Court, Figure Court, The West Court, The Water Gardens, Infirmary, Bake / House and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • datable to c.1818-1821


Soane office


The plan shows the major part of Royal Chelsea Hospital as it was towards the end of Soane's influence there. There is a block plan of the Secretary's Offices in place (as well as the Bakehouse and Infirmary, labelled) indicating that the plan must have been made after 1818 when the Secretary's Offices were designed. The Surgeon's House and Artificer's Yard (1821 and 1822-1823 respectively) are not included, suggesting a date between 1818 and 1821.



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