Soane's existing drawings for the offices and stables do not show the executed design. Drawings are for an office court and stables built on axis and attached to the new north wing of the house, the stables surrounding a large court. The built stables, still standing today, are to the north of the house and consist of a long range with short returns at each end to enclose a small yard; this design was probably chosen to accommodate the steeply falling terrain. There is little evidence of an office block built by Soane although it is known that late 19th century offices were on the property in the same position as Soane's proposed designs, perhaps replacing Soane's buildings upon their construction.
Literature: J. Soane, Plans, elevations and sections of buildings, 1788, pl. 31-33; P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p. 175.
Madeleine Helmer, 2011
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Contents of Mulgrave Hall, North Yorkshire: (executed) additions to the house and new outbuildings for 2nd Lord Mulgrave, c. 1786 (5)
- Record drawings of alternative designs for the stables (2)
- Record drawings of a design for the office court (2)
- Record drawing of a design for the office court and stables