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Reference number

SM 29/4A/1


[2] Design for a new house, plan of ground floor, 24 June 1789


Plan of ground floor with (right-hand side) a flier with plan of chamber floor, elevation of Entrance Front and part-sections showing floor levels through kitchen


bar scale of 1/15 inch to one foot


as above, plan labelled C and D, C steps leading to the cellars / D steps leading to the laundry / and other offices, rooms labelled: kitchen, servants / hall, butler, store / room, passage, breakfast / room, drawing room, best staircase, back staircase, eating room , left-hand section labelled Hall floor / Kitchen floor is 6 inches / above the level of / the Cellars, right-hand section Hall Floor, Garrets for Men in House / over a. (the breakfast room) and b. (the best staircase), Charles Collyer Esqr / Gunthorpe and some dimensions given verso: Charles Collyer Esqr / Cromer near Holt / Norfolk / A single sheet of Paper (in another hand) 5 / Dereham

Signed and dated

  • 24 June 1789
    Welbeck Street June 24th 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, light red and black washes, shaded, within single ruled border on laid paper, with five fold marks and red sealing wax for dispatch (476 x 295)


Thomas Chawner (1774 - 1851), draughtsman
Thomas Chawner (December 1788-1794)


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W


Drawing 2 was sent by post (stage rather than mail coach?) to Mr Collyer. Postage was charged according to the distance travelled and the number of sheets of paper.

The brief has changed from that shown in drawing 1 made four months before. The house is now sited to the south, forward of the existing eastern 'Range of Building' and no longer parallel with it. For the house, all is to be new work except at the rear (north) where the existing wall has been kept The elevation shows a two-storey, three-bay building with six giant pilasters and a glazed three-part (south) entrance with semicircular head; the design is a more compact variant of the entrance front to Shottisham (q.v. drawing 20, dated January 1789).



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