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SM 39/1/12


[1] Copy of a design for the front elevation, September 1800


Elevation of the Principal Front of the Houses intended to be built on the / west side of the Haymarket for Mr Benjn Brecknell / No 1


as above, labelled: Public House, Middle House, North House, Benjn Becknell, P Peckham, Level of Footway at B 1.6 above A, Level of present Footway / at A / to go up one Step, Basement Floor of North House / Do Middle Do / Do South Do, Reversed Arch (4 times), Basement Floor and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • September 1800
    Copy LIF Sepr 1800

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (675 x 561)


Seward and Sword


Each of the three houses is two bays wide with a basement, ground, one pair and two pair floors, attics and garrets with dormer windows. The houses were intended for the west side of the Haymarket and the slope of the road from north to south is reflected in the descending levels of the basement floors. The house to the left (south) is identified as a public house. The large windows to the ground floor of the middle and north houses suggests that these were intended as shops. Ptolemy Dean writes that 'in character, these houses...were modest and utilitarian, and in fact not particularly "Soaneic"' (Dean, p. 209).



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