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SM 89/6/5


[5] Specification


Description of Sundry works to be done / in finishing a House at Down Ampney / Gloucestershire (10 pages)


as above, The Right Honble Lord Eliot with headings: Mason (pp.1-3) Carpenter, Joiner, Ironmonger (pp.3-6) Plasterer(pp.6-7) Plumber (p.7), Glazier (pp.7,11), Painter (pp.8,11), Smith (p.12)

Signed and dated

  • 18/06/1799
    1799 / June 18th

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on five sheets of laid and wove paper with one fold mark (average size 250 x 200) attached with sealing wax


A neat clerical hand except for p.11/12 some of whch was written by Soane


Pages 1-8 make up the specification, pages 9-10 are missing, pages 11-12 take the form of notes by Soane, and includes additional work for the glazier and painter as well as a tally of costs that adds up to £1252:6.
Most of Soane's specifications are filed in the Soane office archive which awaits cataloguing. Some (but not many) specifications have been filed and catalogued with the related drawings see, for example under Tendring Hall, Suffolk, 1784.



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