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SM (44) 50/2/19


Survey drawing of the old Council Offices, April 1824


44 Plan of the Old Council Office


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: Messenger's Room, Clerk Offices, Offices (4 times), Store Room, Excavated, Tennis Court, Office Keepers Room, Back Yard, Scullery, House Guards (sic), Coach House, Kitchen and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • April 15 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (529 x 725)


Charles James Richardson (1809-71, pupil and assistant 1824-1837)


The old Council Offices were at the south-east of the site (q.v. drawings 3-5). Excavation of the site began in February 1824 after a contract was agreed with Johnson & Co. in the previous month.



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