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SM 30/2/48


[153] Working drawings for the basement, 1 May 1798


Plan of the Basement story / under intended entrance at Bentley Priory; Latitudinal section; Longitudinal section; three rough front elevations showing alternative designs; (verso) cross-section of the entrance hall showing the front elevation of the house; and unfinished plan of the entrance hall and inner hall


bar scale of 2/9 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Marquiss of Abercorn, plan labelled: center of the window above / on the hall floor, center of the window on the hall floor, letered a to c (twice) corresponding to key: A.A. No cellars under these circular rooms / and therefore the foundations / should not be set out with the other / walls // B.B: C.C. Two water pipes from the roof may / be placed at B.B. or C.C. / as suits best with the present / drains // NB: the spandrels of the arches are / not to be filled solid but finished / with partition walls as will be / directed, longitudinal section labelled: old wall / of / house, floor of old hall, level of old cellar, labelled A and B corresponding with key: B. Not knowing the thickness of the old / wall A in this story I cannot / determine the width of the arch but / from the dimensions here given it / will be readily determined on the / spot // Suppose the old wall A to be ½ a brick / thicker on this story than above and / set off equally on each side the arch / will these by 10 ft 2½ in and dimensions given; (verso, Soane) Hall floor, dimensions given and calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1 May 1798
    Copy Lincolns Inn Fields May 1st 1798 set pr post to Mr Pullinger

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey, black and pink washes on wove paper (661 x 551)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office and Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
Soane office and Soane



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