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SM volume 42/42


Preliminary design


Plan with notes: A.B Leave an (?) indent of 9 inches wide / at B.B. & then put the window / in the centers of the Spaces / between A.B & B.A; C.D. Observe the floors of these Closets / are six steps above the level of the / Hall floor.; E.F the space between these letters / is (I believe 25 feet) take 12 feet for / the Staircase & 18 Inches the Wall / & then the remainder is to be divided / equally between the Water Closet & / Maids Closet.; K.K. determine the situation of the door
See drawing 8 in scheme: Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire





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