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image SM 4/5/29

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SM 4/5/29


[13] Design for new offices and alterations to the principal floor, 15 January 1802


Plan of Part of the principal Floor with alterations & additions


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Samuel Thornton Esqr / Albury Park, labelled: (in Soane's hand) Design No 2, Mr Thorntons / Dressing Room, Water Closet, descendg / steps, Butlers / washing room, Pantry, Passage, Butlers Pantry / 14.6 by 15.0, Store / room (twice), Housekeepers / room, entrance, court, Passage (3 times), court, entrance, Dairy / 18.0 by 13.0, , Servants / Hall / 14.3 by 20.0, Scalding room / 18.9 by 15.0, Bake House / 14.3 by 20.0, Scullery / 15.9 by 12.0, Kitchen / 25 by 20, Housekeepers Stores, 5.0, Larder / 18 by 13

Signed and dated

  • 15 January 1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields / Jany 15th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (462 x 580)


Soane Office


J Larking and fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR


The new outbuildings in this design take the form of a square with a central open-newel staircase and D-shaped extensions for the Larder and Dairy to the north and south. The largest of the new service rooms is the Kitchen (25 by 20 feet). Others are a Scalding Room (where meat would be prepared for cooking, that is, the hair would be removed from the carcass by scalding with hot water, hence the Copper in the corner of the room), Bake House, Scullery and Servants' Hall.



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