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  • image SM volume 165, fo. 159

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SM volume 165, fo. 159


Proposal for new buildings for housing prisoners of state in the Outer Ward of the Tower of London, April 1695


6 Plan


10 ½ feet to 1 inch


In unidentified clerk's hand, in pen and brown ink, at bottom of plan, The Chappell; at side of plan, End of the store houses; and at top of plan, Tower Wall; and with 'court orders' on the recto and verso of the sheet.

Signed and dated

  • April 1695

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over pencil, with some pen and pencil shading; on lower half of fo. 159, beneath text; on writing paper, 227 x 356 (whole page).




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The proposed new building (which appears not to have been constructed) would have stood against the inner face wall of the Outer Wall, at the north-west angle, beneath Devereux Tower, directly behind the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula (see S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 1: The City of London (1997), p. 358. The main block is seven windows wide, with a central three-bay projection. Reading the plan with Wren's estimate of 17 April on the verso of the sheet (fo. 159 v.; Wren Society, XVIII, p. 118), the new building would have provided three heated rooms on three floors, with a cellar below and a garret above. The plan shows the building at ground-floor level. A narrow staircase behind a cross-corridor in the rear centre of the plan provides vertical communication. The outbuilding to the right is presumably a kitchen. There appears to be no other record of this proposed new building in the Outer Ward of the Tower of London.


Wren Society, XVIII, p. 119 (where redrawn)



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