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image SM (46) 56/11/26

Reference number

SM (46) 56/11/26


Survey drawing of Robert Hawke's property on the corner of Upper Market and Bethel Street


46 Ground floor Plan of an Estate / in St Peters Mancroft / belonging to / Robt Hawkes Esqr with Elevation next the upper Market and Elevation next Bethel Street


bar scale of 1/7 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: (pencil) Upper Market, (pencil) St Peters Church / Yard, (pencil) To the Market / Place, (pencil) St Peters Church, (pencil) No Cellar under any part of Mr Maces house / except the half of the Shop to the Upper Market Street, Upper Market (pencil) Street, (pencil) A cellar under this front / part of the Shop, Shop / 8'4'' high / outside Walls 14 ins thick, (pencil) 17'0'', (pencil) Occupied by Mr Mace / Grocer, Parlor / 10 feet high / outside Walls 18'' thick, Public Court Yard, (pencil) Empty, Hall, (pencil) Empty, Kitchen / 10 feet high / Walls 18'' thick, (pencil) Empty, Wash-house / 10 ft high / Walls 18'' thick, (pencil) Yard, Privy, Steps up, Yard / 4'0'', Closet, Pantry, Entrance, Bethel Street, Keeping Room / 8.8 high / outside Wall 14'' thick, (pencil) 26.0, (pencil) 41.0, Kitchen / 8'6'' high, Walls 14 ins, Mr Morrison, 14 in Wall, (pencil) Mr Morrisons house / belongs to Mr Hawkes / and may be purchased / if required, Elevation next the Upper Market, (pencil) Chamber floor, (pencil) One Story, Norwich, (pencil) 2 / 2500 / All Included

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and blue washes on stout wove paper with three fold marks (550 x 381)


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Drawing 46 shows a four-story shop on a corner site. The Upper Market side of the building has three bays, whilst the Bethel Street side has four bays, including the shop. The overall site measures approximately 47 by 68 feet, and is marked on a map of Norwich in the Soane Museum (SM 57a/3/9). Robert Hawkes, the owner of the property, served as Mayor of Norwich in 1822.



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