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Preliminary design and finished drawings for stables, c1763, unexecuted (5)


This design, which would have provided stabling for twenty-four horses, was not executed. It is possible that the reason for this was connected to the Duke of Manchester's financial difficulties (see scheme notes).

These drawings comprise two different schemes for the stable block design. The two plans (Adam volumes 30/136 and 30/137), and the preliminary design for the principal front elevation (Adam volume 9/114), all correspond with one another. In both the plans and the preliminary design elevation, the principal front is divided into seven bays. The only variant feature between the plans and elevation is the inclusion of a half-height window in the central bay of the upper register on the elevation, and the omission of this window in the plan for the first floor.

A second scheme for the stables can be seen in Adam volumes 30/134 and 30/135. Here the principal front is divided into five, rather than seven bays. The five-bay side front elevation, however, does still correspond with the arrangement shown in the plans.



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