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image SM 64/6/24

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SM 64/6/24


[34] Survey for siting the farm yard, June 1794


Ground plan


to a scale of 7/8 inch to 1 chain, approximately


Figured sketch of the Grounds / at Wimpole on which the Farm / Yard &c is situated, N.B. The dimensions are taken / in Chains & Links, Smith shop, Gate, pond, A, Ratford House, Trees, Stile, Elsom / Garden, Elsom Barn, Gard / en, Stile (twice), Nursery, Gate, Street Line, Grove, Wood, North wall, Kitchen Garden, South wall, this Line Straight with Garden wall, Temporary fence to Pleasure Grounds, Strait with the Hedge A and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 16 June 1794
    Wimpole June 16th 1794

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper with six fold marks (500 x 382)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Soane office


horn within crowned cartouche with GR below and IV


D. Stroud, 'The charms of natural landscape: the park and gardens at Wimpole II', Country Life, 13 September 1979, p. 760.



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