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SM 109/21


[12/17] Survey drawing of the ground floor of King William's Court, showing the accommodation layout


Plan of main floor (i.e. raised ground floor level)


20 feet to 1 inch


In ink in unidentified hand, Principal Floor of King Will:ms Court / Private men 134; and in C19 hand at top and bottom right, 21.; and with numbered scale at bottom of sheet

Signed and dated

  • Undated, but datable c.1735

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink over graphite under-drawing, with grey wash; on laid paper, laid down, extended by 20 mm with backing strip at bottom edge; 500 X 364


Unidentified hand in office of Thomas Ripley




See notes for [12/15]. Only 62 cubicles are drawn in the rooms on the south side. The other 112 men would presumably have been accommodated in the rooms in the central range and in the spaces not shown with cubicles in the south range.

The plan provides external staircases at the north and south ends of the colonnades. These are proposed additions to the existing fabric, since by then the side staircase on the north side of the Great Hall, shown on the model of 1699, had already been built. The staircase arrangement on the north side of this plan appears on [12/1] (c.1728) and [12/8] (c.1735). A pre-construction plan of the main floor of Queen Mary's Court at the National Maritime Museum (Wren Society, VI, pl. 30, bottom) has a matching scheme for staircase platforms at both ends.


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