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Working drawings for the timber structure, July 1797 (5)


Each of the five plans for the layout of the timber members of the floors has a note; 'NB The parts with a light wash over them to be reversed in the Execution'. This suggest that, for example, the two stairs were placed on opposite sides of the house, as shown in the plans [1]-[11]. The drawings for fitting out or finishing the individual rooms seems to correspond with this 'reversing' instruction.



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