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  • image SM 30/1B/19

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SM 30/1B/19


[2] Preliminary design, 23 April 1791


Plan of the Basement Story and rough elevation


bar scale of 1/13 inch to 1 foot


as above, Michael Hicks Beach Esq. Design for the Alterations & Additions at Netheravon, Wilts, Add 1½ Bricks against the / old Wall of House as far / as the new Offices extend } omitted, Wanted. / 2 Lodges one with flints / Stable buildings; plan of new work labelled: A B C D E F G H I K L, Closet (twice), Lattice / partition, Arch (twice), (existing building) M N O, A Bakehouse / B Coals &c for use of the Kitchen / C Scullery / D Kitchen / (rooms ABC labelled) 8 feet high, F Larders GH Steps into Mezzanine / I L Arched Recesses for Stewing Stove / & double boiler, a flue from / each in the center of the / crown of the Arch must be / left / K Lobby L Open Arcade / M Servants Hall ^ * N Room for cleaning shoes & Knives / O Housekeepers Room / Observe, the flues from the Copper & Oven & all / the other flues are to be brought into the / same stack, which stack is to be in the Wall which contains the Kitchen Chimney / & between the letters I I; (feint pencil on plan) Butler's Pantry, extends 61:8, calculations and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23 April 1791
    Copy April 23 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen, brown pen, sepia and light red washes, pricked for transfer on laid secretary paper with three fold marks and red sealing wax on top RHS of versos (425 x 345)




C Ball and Britannia holding lance, shield and olive branch within crowned oval


The plans show the existing house with the proposed additions added to the back. The basement plan here shows the old offices (servants hall, housekeeper's room, shoes and knives room, butler's pantry) and the new ones. The 'mezzanine' (SM 30/1B/18) is over the new basement offices in which the bakehouse, coals &c and scullery were to have a floor to ceiling height of eight feet. Above these were to be the butler's pantry, plate closet and butler's chamber while the upper parts of the kitchen and of the laundry occupied the rest of the mezzanine. SM 30/1B/17 shows the addition above the mezzanine of a billiard room with (not shown) a bedroom, dressing room and closet on the floor above.

These three plans were evidently the basis for discussion and amendment since, for example, 'lattice partition[s]' were added to the larders on SM 30/1B/21 some weeks later.



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