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Reference number

SM (17) 29/3/9


Presentation drawing for the drains, 7 August 1798


17 Ground plan showing The Plan of the Drains


bar scale of 1/64 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Countess of Pembroke, Richmond Park, plan lettered a to c (multiple times) corresponding to key Reference / a, a, & c Iron Grates / b, b, &c Patent Stink Traps / c, c, &c Sink Tiles, Pipe, 14" diam[eter], 18 feet, drain from the pantry in the basement floor, 9 feet, new 18" / drain, cess poole / 5 -/- (illegible) drain / 7 feet deep, 43 feet, 50 feet, 18 feet, 12 inch drain, 12 inch drain, cesspool / 8 feet deep / 4:6 diamr, drain / from the / water closet, 10 feet, 12" drain, water / butt, bathing / tub, sink W/C / in scullery, 9 inch drain, 9 inch drain / 11 feet, 6 inch drain, 9 inch drain, 14 inch drain

Signed and dated

  • Lincolns Inn Fields August 7th 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and red washes within triple-ruled and black and grey wash border on laid paper (592 x 477)


Henry Hake Seward (pupil 1794-1808) and George Mansfield (surveyor 1797-98)


J Larking and fleur-de-lis over cartouche with GR below


An arrangement of drains surrounds Pembroke Lodge, carrying water and waste away from the house.

Alterations to the property in 1798 cost £53:15:3½, consisting mainly of work on the drains.



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