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SM Adam volume 38/61


[2] Design for the first storey of the inn, 1776, as executed


Plan of the first storey of a seven-by-two-bay building, with extensions to the rear. The central five bays contain a rectangular ballroom, with a raised music gallery set within a niche. To the rear of the ballroom there are staircases. To the west there is a single-bay wing containing a bedroom and a self-contained space with stairs leading to the china shop below. To the east there is a further single-bay wing, with an irregular east wall, containing a bedchamber and retiring room. To the rear of the building there is a proposed extension to contain four further bedrooms. East of this there is an additional irregularly shaped building containing two rooms with an external stairway leading to the courtyard below


bar scale of 1 5/8 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the One Pair Story of the Red Lion Inn / at Pontefract (in the hand of William Adam) / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Bed room / Music Gallery / A / Bed Chamber / Room over China Shop / Ball Room / Retireing room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Sept 1776
    Adelphi 24.th Sept. 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (587 x 499)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, 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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