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SM Adam volume 41/3


[1] Design for the basement storey of a house, and the ground storey of offices and stables, c1782, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of an eleven-by-seven bay building with a central vaulted space containing a small beer cellar, passageway, wine cellar with bins and a further cellar. The central area contains staircases to the left and right, and is flanked by a series of rooms. The rooms to the left are accessed via an external entrance leading to a sub hall with columnar screens. The rooms to the right are accessed via a passage, with steps leading up towards the smoking room. The central block is flanked by curved link bays which lead to the ground-floor level of the flanking wings. The link bay on the left-hand-side contains a semi-circular staircase and it leads to a wing containing domestic offices. There is a kitchen court with a columnar screen and this is surrounded by kitchen offices, including a dairy and bake house. There is also a vaulted servants’ hall. Beyond the kitchen court there is a staircase and a passageway which links to a wash house with coppers, a laundry and an enclosed drying yard with privies. To the rear of this wing there is a colonnaded portico and a large walled space with an irregular shaped building with stairs leading to a privy? The right-hand link block contains storage spaces for saddles and harnesses. The block links to a stable, with coach houses and stalls positioned around a central court. The stable block is accessed via a further walled courtyard to the right, and this contains a copper for boiling water and a privy. To the rear of the stables there is a colonnaded portico


bar scale of 5/8 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of Rainham House (and in the hand of William Adam) the Seat of The Right Honorable Lord Viscount Townshend / Small Beer Cellar / Alenory (?) / Sub Hall / Stewards room / Pantry / Wine Cellar / Cellar / Smoking room / Cellar / Strong beer Cellar / Kitchen / Larder / Servants Hall / Dairy / Kitchen Court / Pantry / Bake house / Wash house / Laundry / Parlour / Housekeepers Room / Scullery / Scullery / Saddles / Coach House / 18 Horses Viz. 8 of my Lords & 10 Huntsmen / Saddles / Lame horse / Privy (pencil) / Coach House / Coach House / Entry to Stable Court / Coach House / Coach House / Lame Horse / for boiling Water / Saddles / Corn &c / 2 [_ _ _]ry Gentlemens & 2 Hacks / 8 Hack & Strangers Stables / 4 Young Horses / 8 Coach Horses and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (996 x 491)


Office hand, with part title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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