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SM volume 42/114


Design in a rustic Italianate style


Plan and elevation. The plan is a shallow cruciform with a segmentally bowed entrance answered by a similarly bowed window. Corner piers support an upper storey 12 feet 3 inches square internally, no stair is indicated. The elevation shows a round-arched entrance and three circular openings above a string course, a segmental arched doorway fronted by a verandah on the middle storey, and an upper storey with louvred openings and thatched roof


bar scale of 1/7 in to 1 ft approximately


12 feet 3 [inches] and (feint pencil) calculations

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, raw umber and sepia washes, shaded on laid paper (304 x 196)




fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche with GR below


The purpose of the building is not clear but the lack of a stair and the louvred upper storey suggest a game larder (Stephen Astley, 8.10.07) rather than, say, a dairy (no room for a boiler) or a pigeon house (too chilly) or a prospect tower (no staircase). The design is pleasing and was no doubt intended to be an adornment to the view from the house.



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