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Reference number

SM 40/2/7


[1] Site survey, June 1801


Site plan


to a scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Messrs Praeds & Co, Fleet Street, labelled: Messrs North Hoare & Co, Privy and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • June 1801
    June 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (565 x 536)


Thomas Sword
Pupil January 1799 - 1804.




The Soane Office Day Books record that on Monday 15 June 1801 Thomas Sword 'took a plan of some Ground / adjoining Messrs North & Co / in Fleet Street'. The site has a narrow frontage of 23 feet 2 inches but widens towards the rear with an extensive yard area behind.



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