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image SM (63) 56/12/11

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SM (63) 56/12/11


Survey drawing of the premises occupied by Mr Gidney, Queen Street


63 Plan of the ground floor and outbuildings


bar scale of 3/13 inch to 1 foot


Dung Pitt, Stable & hay loft over, Harness Room, Part of the French Church, two high windows / looking into this yard, Coach house and dimensions given, (pencil): Arched Cellars under this Yard, Cellar under Shop 7ft9 high / the whole of Mr Gidneys house / two Storys high, Low building, Mr Foster will want the whole / of this space within the red / line for away (sic) to his Stables &c, Mr Foster to have those / Doors if taking Down / included in the Price, Loft over, Occupied by Mr Gidney / Room over, low Building; (verso): Norwich (twice)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, blue and pink washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with five fold marks (500 x 587)


Thomas Heath, clerk of works




The 13th-century church of St Mary the Less fell out of use before the Reformation but was converted in 1637 into a French Protestant church by the Flemish Walloon Company, which it remained until 1832.



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