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SM 8/3/29


Design for a greenhouse for John Pearse, 1796 or after


5 Plan Elevation and Section of the Greenhouse at John Pearse Esqre Chilton Lodge and details


1/6 of an inch to one foot


as above, (plan) The floor of this 3ft 6in / lower than the floor / of the Conservatory, labelled flue twice, (elevation) The Middle Gutter to fall from B to C and / then the Water to be taken to the Back / Front by a Trough lined with Lead / fixed against the partition except at / the end where it may be taken down on / the outside of the Back Wall and The Centers of the Rafters to be kept over / the Centers of the Sash frames / NB the Ground in front of the Greenhouse / is 5 feet Lower at E than at F / The Water to be brought down at A and labelled Blank (three times), Section from † to † and labelled Level of Ground (twice), Section of the Back Wall / on each Side the Stoke hole and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen and Indian red wash, pricked through for transfer on wove paper (438 x 435)


specialist contractor ?


Soane was greatly interested in the design of greenhouses, conservatories, hothouses, peach houses, pinerys and the whole range of glass houses. However, this drawing is made and inscribed in an unfamiliar manner and is probably a standard design by a specialist greenhouse contractor. The design is very simple; the building is 81 feet 3 inches long and 16 feet wide internally; there are nine-inch brick walls at the sides, the back wall is 1 foot 1½ inches (a brick-and-a-half) thick and the front has 21 identical panels of glass and a glazed door. A stove room is attached at the back and there is a fireplace in the three-bay room on the right.



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