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SM 29/2/4


[14] Description of proposals, c. May 1791


Soane's proposals for the alterations and additions


Barons Court // A large Arch in the Center of the Wall between / the Hall & Staircase // Observations on the Plan A / Crossing the Hall (not desirable) at B this door into / the Middle part of Gallery must be opposite as at / C. & not being in the middle of the Room is somewhat / objectionable. // D.D. larger Arches over the / doors glazed which will / assist the in lighting the / Passages E.E. & which aided / by the proposed Sky Light / in Passage by Butlers Pantry / will make the whole much / lighter than at present / Lights should also be made / over the doors into House - / keepers Room, Butlers Pantry / &c as well for light as / ventilation. // The Library // It is proposed to take out the present windows & cut away / the piers as much as can be done with safety & light / the Room H.H. the two windows in the Wall F. if the whole / of the present Wall could be (page 2) taken away the room would be / better but even then looking sideways on the Walls of / the Tenants Parlor & against the Wall of new Wing is by no means / eligible - further it is a passage Room. Qy (query) would / it not be better to make this the Billiard room / // The Anti-room to the Billiard Room // It was to be wished that more light could be // which is not practicable according to the Arrangements / of this plan // The Billiard Room // To be lighted from a Skylight / Obs: (observation) As the whole of the new Wings & ---- (illegible) / cases in them are to be continued / as high as the Main House, part / of the light will be obstructed by the / wall G. // The Servants Hall / Obs: a door to be made into the new / Arcade ^ breaks in on the comfort of the Room & the dinner being carried / through this Room has some / inconveniences, Qy Plan for Servants / to dress in. // The Stewards Room // Obs. Is darkened or rather made gloomy // The Housekeeper's Room & Store Room // Obs: These rooms are inconveniently / and improperly placed - inconveniently - for the way to the Kitchen is by / crossing the Hall (which will not be / admitted) or else by descending the / Steps H.H. passing under the Portico, & / then to ascend the Steps I. and / improperly for she is entirely detached cut / detached from the Offices. Perhaps if / the Housekeeper takes the Butlers Apartments / & the Butler takes the Housekeepers / the Objection will be lessened but not / removed // (page 3) Communication / between the two / Office Wings // Obs: The Communication between the / Kitchen Offices & Washouse &c will be / continued in part by preserving the / present colonade & by passing under the / Hall // Obs: In passing from the Kitchen / &c to the other Wing, you must / descend (abt five feet) at I. & / ascend as much at H. // The Entrance // Is proposed to be made in the North, the / Circular Walls on each side the portico to be decorated with Niches /on the Piers K.K.K.K. it is proposed to place / ^ the supporters of his Lordship's Arms. // Obs: These Circular Walls being / raised as high as the Imposts / to of the Arches of the Recesses of / the end parts of Brewhouse & / corresponding Office (Bakeshouse) will / effectually shut out the irregularity / &c of the ^ two small Office Courts, & give great / magnificence to the approach

Signed and dated

  • May 1791
    datable to May 1791

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on on laid secretary paper (377 x 470)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


crowned cartouche with hunting horn



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