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  • image SM volume 68/5

Reference number

SM volume 68/5


Presentation drawing of entrance gate


Elevation and plan


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


Gates &c five feet high / Space between each rail 3 1/8, Mrs Brocas, Wokefield, This side supposes one pannel of / the present paling to be altered, Paling already done, 3:3, 11 feet, 3:1½ (twice), 2:0, 9" (twice), (feint pencil) 4:9 high / side paling ---- / rustic---- (illegible), 2 1/4 & 3" thick, 2 1/4 & 3" th[ick], 3 1/4 thick, 3/4 fine - thick, and dimensions in pencil

Signed and dated

  • Welbeck Street Sepr 18: 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey and sepia washes, within single-ruled border on laid paper (471 x 291)




fleur-de-lis over cartouche with ornate W below


The gate is at the entrance of a wooden fence. The gate has two posts, each two feet wide and with a decorative plaques depicting a lion. A sculptural bust surmounts both posts. Soane's pencil notes on the drawing refer to the dimensions and thickness of the simple iron gate.

Soane nine journeys to Wokefield in 1788 and charged £650 to the client. He made alterations to the house and built a gate, a design for which is shown on this drawing. The house was altered in the 19th century.

Soane built the Brocas chapel at Bramley church in 1801.

Historian Rupert Willoughby found a reference, Bramley in the Old Days, which suggests the gate was transported to the Brocas family seat at Beaurepaire Park c.1839, upon the sale of Wokefield Park. 'An old Bramley farmer called William Clift, who was born in 1828, recalls the events in his memoirs. According to Clift, the "large iron gates at the entrance over the moat" were brought from Wokefield Park, on the Brocas estate at Stratfield Mortimer, which had been the family's favoured residence in the 18th century. Clift's father provided the timber for the bridge.' The iron gates are not the same as Soane's design and were probably not built by him, but the brick posts are probably the same as those designed by Soane.


P. Dean, Sir John Soane and the country estate, 1999, p.181; R. Willoughby, Sherborne St John and the Vyne in the Time of Jane Austen, 2002, pp. 28-37.



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