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image SM (1) volume 41/54

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SM (1) volume 41/54


Copy a presentation drawing for a stables and coach house, May 1785


1 Ground floor plan and laid out elevations, first floor plan


bar scale of 1/14 inch to 1 foot, approximately


Countess of Pembroke, All the Partitions are to be 4½ Inches thick / All the Timbers of the Roof & floors & the fitting / up of the Hayloft, Granary, Grooms Chambers, / Stables, Coachouses, Saddle & Harness Rooms to / be fitted up in every respect like the Stable / Buildings at Lord Pembroke's House in / Town with the best materials & in the / most substantial & workmanlike manner, Plan of the Hayloft &c, Hayloft, Grooms Chamber, Corn Chamber, Elevation of the Front of the Coachouse &c, Stone (three times), Plan of the Stables & Coachouses, Section through the Stable & Hayloft, Bond, Plate, Bond, Elevation of the Front, Elevation of the End Front, weatherboardg, weatherboarding, Ro. Whole deal Ridge / Rafters 5 by 2½ / Purloins 4 by 4 / Collars .. 6 by 3 / Poll plate 5 by 3 / Front Center to Center of Rafters 1'4" / Joists .. 6 by 2½ / Bond .. 4 by 2½ and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 1785

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Pen and coloured washes, including burnt umber, Payne's grey, pink and yellow, on laid paper (245 x 364), bound into 'Precedents in Architecture' SM volume 41


attributed to John Sanders (1784-90)


T French


An efficient compact structure, the building houses two coaches and six stalls. The main two-storey building is brick and the three single-storey extremities are built of timber. The front elevation is articulated with three round-headed blind arches, each having a window in the crown and a tripartite window below. The coach houses are entered from the opposite side. A bedroom for the groom is over the stables, beside store rooms for hay and corn.

Soane's Journal No 1 records drawings made for stables and alterations to the hayfloor. It is unknown whether the building was executed.



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