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Reference number

SM (1) 82/4/5 (2) 82/4/4 (3) 82/4/3 (4) 82/4/2 (5) 82/4/1

Purpose

Survey drawings of the old State Paper Office, Great George Street, ?1829 (5)

Aspect

1 Basement Plan of State Paper Office / Great George Street with rough section showing the height of the floors 2 Ground Plan of State Paper Office 3 One Pair Floor 4 Two Pair Floor; (verso) plan of the Court of King's Bench, Palace of Westminster 5 Attic Floor

Scale

(1, 4, 5) to a scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot (2) (pencil) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot (3) bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

1 as above, labelled: Vaults, Area, Bed Room, Cellar, Larder, Yard, Scullery, Water Closet, Kitchen, Basement, Ground Floor, One Pair Floor, Two Pair Floor, Attic Floor and some dimensions given 2 as above, labelled: State Paper Office, Delahay Street, Great George Street, Basement / Ground Floor / One Pair / Two Pair, 66 feet 6 in, Door, Clerk's Room, Supr Contents in Presses / 300ft.7.0, No 2, Entrance Hall, Board Room, 10 feet 6 in high to Ceiling, Superl Contents in Presses / 490 feet, No 1, No 3, Supr Contents of Presses / 288ft 6'' and dimensions given, Superficil (sic) Contents of Presses / in No 1-2-3-4-5-6 & 7 // No 1 - 490-0-0 / 2 - 300-7-0 / 3 - 288-9-0 / Ground Floor / 1079-1-0, Running Feet / 47-7½ / 32-6 / 33-6 // 4 - 320-0-0 / 5 - 195-5-0 / 6 - 292-6-0 / 7 - 296-10-0 / One Pair Floor / 1104-9-0 / 2183-10-0, 34-7½ / 24-0 / 32-0 / 32-6 / 236-9 // 2Pr 8 - Manuscripts - 20.8 by 15.6 / 9 - Books - 17.5 by 14.6, Living Rooms / Basement Kitchen Cellar / & Bedroom occupied / by the H Keeper / 1st Floor Mr Arbuthnot / Mr / Ground Floor / Hall - 16 x 12 / Board room - 22 by 18 / Clerks Room - 19 by 15 / & - 19 by 17 / 2 Bed rooms, 1st Floor Mr Hobhouse 23 by 19 / Mr Lemon 19 by 15 / 2 Rooms 19 by 17 / Anti Room to Mr Lemons / fitted with Presses 15 by 12 / 2d Floor Manuscript 19 by 17 / Book Room 19 by 18, & the Rooms occupied by the Housekeeper / who has all the Attics except one / used by the bookbinder 19 by 17 3 as above, labelled: State Paper Office, Great George Street, Superl Content in Presses / 320ft 0 / No 4 / Mr Hobhouse Room, No 5 / highth (sic) of Ceiling / 12 feet 3 in, Supl Contents of Presses / 195.5.0, Supl Contents in Presses / 292ft 6in / No 6 / Mr Lemons Room, Supl Contents in Presses / 296ft 10in / No 7 / Mr Lemons Room and dimensions given 4 as above, labelled: State Paper Office Great George Street, To Contain Manuscripts, Occupied by Housekeeper (twice), Bed Room (twice), Containing Books and dimensions given 5 as above, labelled: State Paper Office / Great George Street, Bookbinders Room, empty (twice), Bed Room (3 times), Staircase, Closet and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • April 1829
    (2) 25th April 1829 (4, 5) April 29th 1829

Medium and dimensions

(1) Pen, grey and terre verte washes on wove paper with one fold mark (422 x 550) (2) pen, grey, lemon yellow and terre verte washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (436 x 676) (3) pen, grey and lemon yellow washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (365 x 537) (4) pen and grey wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark (390 x 604) (5) pen and grey wash on wove paper with one fold mark (383 x 585)

Hand

(1-5) ?Office of Works

Watermark

(1) 1827 (2) J Bigg and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, 1800 (3) fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and below, 1800

Notes

A house in Great George Street had been used to store some of the State Papers since 1819, but it was damp, not fireproof and unable to bear the weight of more papers. Drawings 1-5, Soane's surveys of that house, show for example a 'Bookbinders Room', 'Mr Lemon's Room', 'Mr Hobhouse Room' and accommodation for a housekeeper. Henry Hobhouse (1776-1854) became Keeper of the State Papers in 1826. Robert Lemon (1779-1835) was Deputy Keeper of the State Papers from 1818 to 1835. The offices on the ground and one pair floors contain presses (in yellow wash), of which the capacity is given on drawing 2. The vaults are adjacent to the basement and separated by an open-topped passageway (drawing 1).

Level

Drawing

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