SM (25) 6/1/16 (26) 6/1/15 (27) 6/1/17
Surveys and a design for the office range, December 1792 and January 1793 (3)
25 Ground floor plan
26 First floor and attic plans
27 Ground floor Plan of alterations to offices
(25-27) bar scale of 1/9 inch to 1 foot
25 The Earl of Hardwicke, Plan of the Kitchen Building &c at Wimpole, plan labelled (some in feint pencil): Pleasure Grounds, This part is not in the Kitchen Building, Lobby (twice), Pastry, Larder, Lobby with / Cistern over it / and under it, B, Cistern to supply / the Brewhouse &c / by the force pump / B, Dairy, Larder, Brewhouse, Laundry, Brewers / closet / chimney, stoves, Kitchen, Scullery, oven, oven, washouse, washh[ouse], dairy, Da:, Dairy, A (four times), AA &c Sheds for wood, coals, &c, Pleasure Grounds, Yard, Qy door, Laundry / Bakehouse, Slaughter House, Glaziers Shop, Church Yard, shoe house, Dust hole, Church yard and running dimensions given; (verso) Wimpole, Plans of Kitchen / Offices &c
26 The Earl of Hardwicke, A (10 times), AA &c Servants Bed Rooms, Store Room / for Brewhouse, One Pair Story, Plans of the Kitchen Building at Wimpole, Story on the Roof, running dimensions given; (verso) Wimpole, Plans of Rooms over Kitchen off:, (red pen) Timber co(?st) 12d 2/3 0.0.8 / Lab[or] 4 / Nls& sawg 1½ / Nls 1, 15 pr Cent, and calculations
27 The Earl of Hardwicke, Lobby (twice), Stairs to / dining Room, Lobby, Pastry, Game / Larder, Pleasure / Grounds, Day / Larder, Wet Larder, Dairy, Ironing Table, Laundry, Mangle, Folding / Table, Kitchen, Front yard, Bakehouse / and / Scullery, Washouse, Pleasure Grounds, Yard, Brewhouse, Church yard, Shoe house, Dust hole
Medium and dimensions
(25-26) Pen and wash, pencil, on laid paper with six fold marks (490 x 325, 395 x 328) (27) pencil, pen and wash on wove paper with traces of red sealing wax (575 x 342)
(25-26) Brittania with spear, shield and olive branch within a crowned oval frame
(25-26) Soane office (27) attributed to Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil 1791-796)
Drawings 25 and 26 are surveys of the office range made in December 1792. Survey drawings 4 and 5 made in June 1790 show the same buildings, though these early drawing are less detailed, omitting the single-storey sheds, walls and interior fittings. Drawing 27 is a design for alterations to the buildings. The offices are attached to the east end of the house and projecting north to balance the west library wing. The offices include a kitchen, scullery, laundry, wash house, brewhouse, larder, dairy, slaughter house, shoe house, glazier's shop and sheds for the storage of wood and coal. The buildings encircle a yard. The nine-bay building on the south side provides nine bedrooms on the first and attic floors. An additional bedroom is over the larder and accessed by a separate staircase.
Drawing 27 is a design for the office alterations. The plan was sent by post to Wimpole on 5 January 1793, showing the rooms reallocated and with some alterations including, for example, the laundry at the centre of the plan and adjoining the wash house and the brew house moved to a smaller room at the end of the nine-bay range. The west range is altered to allow for a different storage system, with separate rooms partitioned off to include a game larder, wet larder, dry larder and a pastry. The dairy is moved to allow more space for the wet larder. The kitchen remains unchanged.
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation