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  • image SM 4/5/24

Reference number

SM 4/5/24


[7] Copy of a survey of the ground floor, 1 December 1801


Plan of the Ground Floor


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


as above, Samuel Thornton Esqr Albury Park, labelled: Parlor (sic) No 1, No chimney piece, Gib / door, Bookcase (twice), Library, Best Staircase, Drawing Room, sash down / to the floor, Height in the Clear 18ft 3in, Parlor No 2, Lobby, Water / Closet, Back / Staircase, Closet (twice), Housekeepers Room, Lobby, Store room, Closet, Servants Hall, Closet, Passage to the Kitchen, Butlers Pantry / 10.0 by 14.0 / 7.6 high and / Bed room over it, Sink, Larder 6ft 8in by 14.2 / 7.6 high and a / Store room over it, Coals, Scullery, Sink, Kitchen, Note. The Floors of these Offices are 3 feet 2 in below / the floors of the principal part of the House, The height of the Chimney Pieces in the Clear / Viz The Library 3ft 0in / Drawing room 4.8 / Parlor No 2 3.5½, Dado & window backs about 3ft 9in high, (in Soane's hand), A, B, C, A. B. These two Rooms / are to be made into one / The Roof & floors must be / shored up & the Wall marked / C taken down / Jan 23d 1802

Signed and dated

  • 1 December 1801
    (Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields Decr 1st 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen and light red wash, pricked for transfer on laid paper with three fold marks (542 x 670)


Soane Office


This survey shows that the alterations proposed in drawings [1]-[3] were not executed. According to a note on the drawing the servants' offices are 3 feet 2 inches lower than the main block of the house. A note in Soane's hand states that the Library and 'Parlor No 1' are to be converted into a single room.

A 'gib door' (more commonly spelt 'jib') is 'a concealed door, made flush with the wall surface and treated to resemble it' (Pevsner's Architectural Glossary, 2010, p. 66).



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