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SM (3) 56/10/9


Survey of the site including the ground floor of the house and of the outbuildings


3 Plan of the Ground Floor of the Premises in Hanover Street, Liverpool / belonging to Messrs Earle


bar scale of ? inch to 1 foot


as above, Ground Floor, Front 44 feet 6 inches, (added by another hand) 55.2, Wooden Gates, 11'0", Dwelling House & Offices occupied by / Messrs Earle & Co, Narrow Street leading to Messrs Earles Warehouses &c (not a thoroughfare), Building 1 Story / high much dilapidated, Building 2 Stories high / formerly Coach House & Stables / in a very dilapidated state, Dung Pit &c, Stable / 1 Story high, Vacant Ground belonging to Messrs Earle, Yard formerly paved, Building 2 Stories high / in very dilapidated / state, an arched cellar under this (twice), window, Dwelling House &c, (pencil) belongs to Mr Robinson / On Saturday last a Board was affixed to the ^House notifying it was to be let / but on enquiring on the Premises I was unable to learn the terms; - it was / moreover intimated that it was not certain that the present Tenant would leave / The Premises are much out of Repair and by no means adapted for the purpose / required (initialed by George Bailey and dated as below) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • GB 13th Decr 1826 and Decr 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen and warm sepia washes, pricked for transfer on stout wove paper with one old repair (529 x 366)


George Bailey (1792-1860, pupil and assistant 1806-37, curator 1837-60


The site plan shows that the overall area surveyed is 211 feet 8 inches from back to front and is marked 63 feet 6 inches (as well as 64 feet 9 inches) wide at the rear; the house is 106 feet 3 inches deep, 44 feet 6 inches wide at the front and about 50 feet wide at the back. Bailey (Soane's right-hand man from 1815) noted that the outlier buildings were 'much' or 'very dilapidated', the 'Premises ... much out of Repair and by no means adapted for the purpose' and the tenancy arrangment unclear.



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