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SM volume 42/41


Preliminary survey


Rough plan labelled MrsPeter's Room with rough plan to a larger scale of right-hand part of the room


as above, Ch[imne]y, Pas[s]age, (?) ----- for doors, room into Pas[s]age, Bed and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1798

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on laid paper with four fold marks (201 x 324)




Britannia with spear and shield within a crowned oval frame


Betchworth Castle, first converted to a house in 1690 and now in ruins, is shown in Soane's survey drawings and designs for alterations and additions (SM 5/1/1-15 and see also Concise Catalogue) as thick-walled and crenellated. Soane's first drawings are dated from July 1798 and over the next three years he designed a dairy, icehouse, stables and greenhouse (for which see 42/141) as well as improvements to the house. These included alterations to Mr Peter's room and dressing room which were on the ground floor between the butler's room and the entrance lobby. Mrs Peter's bedroom and dressing room were on the first floor opposite the nurseries and Soane's more finished drawings seem not to show any alterations to those rooms.
See 42/141, 42/154, 42/155 for details of a greenhouse, dairy and stables for Betchworth


I. Nairn and N.Pevsner, Surrey, 1971, p.111



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