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SM Adam volume 40/62


[1] Design for a new house, 1770, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a house, with a thirteen- by-six/seven-bay central block, with the end and central five bays projecting on the principal front, and with paired half-turn staircases on the principal front, and with the end bays projecting on the garden front, and the central three bays forming a bow behind a seven-bay portico, and with a two-bay central bow on the left-hand side front, and a three-bay central bow on the right-hand side front, and the central block contains service rooms and a billiards room, and the central block is flanked by eight-bay quadrant links with three-bay triangular projections to the rear, connecting to quadrangular offices, which are eleven bays across the principal front, nine bays across the garden and side fronts, and the left-hand court contains domestic offices and a colonnaded court, and the right-hand court contains stables and coach houses, and also with a colonnaded court


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 10 feet


Plan of Ground Story of Winnstay House for Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Servants Hall / Smoaking room / Wash house and Laundry / Brew house / Gyle House / Malt House / Dairy / Scullery to Dairy / Pastry / Confectioners room / Back House / Scullery / Kitchen / Larder / Larder / Cooks Pantry / Passage / Court / Corridore / Privy / Knifeboard / Evidence Room / Necessary / Passage / Butlers Pantry / Cellar / Butlers Bed Room / Closet / Stewards Writing Room / Bed Room / Cellar for Bottled Wines / Passage / Plate Room / Strong room / Passage / Sub Hall / Stewards Dining Room / Billiard Room / Still Room / House Keepers Bed Room / Court / Stairs / Passage / Porters room / Barr / Coffee room / Closet / Valets Room / Closet / Store Room / Corridore / Privy / Harness room / Saddle Room / Necessary / Stable / Ride / Stable / Place for boiling Water / Gateway / Place for Boiling Water / Stable / Court / Ride / Stable / Coach House / Coach House / Coach House / Coach House / Ride / Coach House / Coach House / Coach House / Coach House / Stable and measurements given (verso) 3

Signed and dated

  • 1770
    datable to 1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (981 x 519)


Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 32
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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