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2 as above, Michael Hicks Beach Esq. Design for the Alterations & Additions at Netheravon, Wilts, Add 1½ Bricks against the / old Wall of House as far / as the new Offices extend } omitted, Wanted. / 2 Lodges one with flints / Stable buildings; plan of new work labelled: A B C D E F G H I K L, Closet (twice), Lattice / partition, Arch (twice), (existing building) M N O, A Bakehouse / B Coals &c for use of the Kitchen / C Scullery / D Kitchen / (rooms ABC labelled) 8 feet high, F Larders GH Steps into Mezzanine / I L Arched Recesses for Stewing Stove / & double boiler, a flue from / each in the center of the / crown of the Arch must be / left / K Lobby L Open Arcade / M Servants Hall ^ * N Room for cleaning shoes & Knives / O Housekeepers Room / Observe, the flues from the Copper & Oven & all / the other flues are to be brought into the / same stack, which stack is to be in the Wall which contains the Kitchen Chimney / & between the letters I I; (feint pencil on plan) Butler's Pantry, extends 61:8, calculations and some dimensions given
3 as above, M Hicks Beach Esqre Add 14 Inches new work against / the old Wall as far as the / new Offices extend, & take great / care that no part of the / new Work rests on the old } omitted, G H P Q R S S, Upper part of / Kitchen, Upper / part of / the / Larders, G H Steps from Mezzanine Story to Basement Story / P Butlers Pantry / Q Plate Closet secured from Fire / R Butlers Pantry Chamber / S Lobby lighted from the Kitchen / The present Housekeepers Room might be made into a Butlers / Pantry & then P might be Housekeepers Room, Q her Store room & / R her Bed room, or with a small alteration P might be made / into a dressing Room for Mr Beach, Q a strong Closet ^ divide for Plate & Writings / R Butlers Room
4 as above, M. Hicks Beach Esqre, T Water Closet / V Billiard room, over it a Chamber, Dressing Room & Water Closet / or per dotted lines, W Recess for a Sopha if the room is used as a Drawing/ Room and for a Side table if considered as / Eating Room, rooms labelled: Breakfast / room, Hall, Eating Room, Drawing room W, Library and some dimensions given
Signed and dated
(2-4) Copy April 23 1791
Medium and dimensions
(2-4) Pen, brown pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on laid secretary paper with three fold marks (2 and 3 with red sealing wax on top RHS of versos) (425 x 345, 427 x 340, 422 x 344))
(2-4) C Ball and Britannia holding lance, shield and olive branch within crowned oval
The plans show the existing house with the proposed additions added to the back. The basement plan (drawing 2) shows the old offices (servants hall, housekeeper's room, shoes and knives room, butler's pantry) and the new ones. The 'mezzanine' (drawing 3) is over the new basement offices in which the bakehouse, coals &c and scullery were to have a floor to ceiling height of eight feet. Above these were to be the butler's pantry, plate closet and butler's chamber while the upper parts of the kitchen and of the laundry occupied the rest of the mezzanine. Drawing 4 shows the addition above the mezzanine of a billiard room with (not shown) a bedroom, dressing room and closet on the floor above.
These three plans were evidently the basis for discussion and amendment since, for example, 'lattice partition[s]' were added to the larders on drawing 5 some weeks later.
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