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[25] Design for the roof over the east and west ranges, February 1790


Section of a gabled roof with bill of scantlings; (verso) ground floor plan of the stables showing ceiling roof timbers


to a scale


(pencil) as above, and list of timbers (pencil): Roof tye beams ... 8" by 4" / principal rafters bottm ... 7[" by] 4["] / do top ... 5 [by] 4 / hung posts ... 10 [by] 4 / Struts ... 4 [by] 4 / purloins ... 5 [by] 4 / small rafters ... 4 [by] 3 / poll plates ... 6 [by] 3 / rai-ing (raining?) plates ... 6 [by] 4; (verso, feint pencil) The Honble L. T. Watson, roof / tye ... 6" by (sheet trimmed), Floor / girder ... 12 (sheet trimmed) / Joist 12

Signed and dated

(verso, pencil) Copy Feb 10 '90

Medium and dimensions

Pen and yellow, light red and grey washes on laid paper (560 x 662)


Soane office


D. Yeomans, The trussed roof: its history and development', 1992, pp. 141-2.



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