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Reference number

SM 77/1/16


[46] Working drawing for roof truss


Elevation of truss


to a scale of 3/4 inch to 1 foot


Robert Knight Esqre, No. 10 / 12 July 1819 / Saml Lake and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, yellow and pink washes, hatching, pricked for transfer on wove paper (212 x 507)


Undated, probably George Bailey (1792-1860), pupil and assistant (August 1808 - January 1837) and Edward Foxhall (1793-1862), pupil and assistant November 1812 - January 1821


The roof truss (intended for the stables building) is an adapted king post truss with a pair of struts between the tie beam, and purlins between the common and principal rafters. The design catalogued is more complex than that show in the section (drawing [42]) which is a simple king post truss.



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