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SM 8/2/16


[37] Plan of new (basement) offices


Plan of the proposed New Offices &c to the house in Charles Street


bar scale of ¼ inch to 1 foot


as above, Robert Knight Esqre, labelled Dust hole, Shoe Room, Larder, Passage to Kitchen &c., Court, Coal Cellar, Scullery, Sink, Dresser, Door, Sky light, Arch, Stairs to Laundry, Closet fitted up / with Shelves, Charcoal, Kitchen, flat arch, dresser and some dimensions given and (signature) No 1 / 12 July 1819 / Saml Lake (verso) Plans of new Stables, Charles St Grosvenor Sqre / 5 Sepr 1818

Signed and dated

  • 04/09/1818
    Lincolns Inn Fields / Sepr 4 1818

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, pink, raw umber and blue washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper (484 x 693)


The office Day Book for 4 September 1818 has an entry: Robert Knight Esqre / About plan and Elevation / of Stable &c / Bailey / Foxhall' that is George Bailey (1792-1860), pupil and assistant (August 1808 - January 1837) and Edward Foxhall (1793-1862), pupil and assistant November 1812 - January 1821


The new basement housed kitchen, larder etc and a laundry so that the old basement service area would presumably still have been used for cellars, servants' hall, butller's and housekeeper's rooms as shown on earlier drawing [2].

The overall site is basically 180 feet from front to back and 28.8 feet wide. The length of the house including the 14 feet extension of 1802 (see, for example drawing [4] at ground floor level) is 88 feet. The length of the new offices at basement level (of 1818-19) is about 54 feet. The remaining area is forty feet long and into this was placed a stables 16 feet 1½ inches deep while the 'Standing for Three Carriages' with entrances and courtyard measured '23:0' by '33:9'. Added up (88 + 54 + 33:9) this comes to about 180 feet which suggests that the garden was entirely swallowed up? There might have been a paved garden of '28' 6"' wide and about 30 feet long over the basement extension (see drawing [38]) though this was overlooked by a two-storey kitchen and laundry.



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