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SM (8) 1/1/8


Design for the entrance building, copied April 1797


8 Plan of the Chamber Storey and Plan of the Principal Storey


bar scale


as above, Bank of England, plan labelled: Chamber, Eating Room, Study, (cancelled) Mr Billings (twice), (cancelled) Kitchen, Bed Room (twice), Closet, Dressing Room, Mr Banks (three times), and plan labelled (pencil): Mr Bruce (twice), Mr Rippen's / Kitchen, Mr Rippen, and dimensions given for all the rooms in the blue portions of both plans.

Signed and dated

  • WL (Copy) April 1st 1797

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey and blue washes, and pencil, on laid paper (508 x 330)


William Lodder (pupil April 1789-unknown, who worked principally on the Bank) or William Leverton (1758-1849, builder and surveyor of Leverton and Moore on Gate Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields)


GR below fleur-de-lis and crown


Drawing 8 shows the front entrance building as altered by Soane in 1789. Soane provided a third residential apartment, to house one of the Parlour Door Keepers. It also appears that more offices were included.

The drawing was copied in 1797. The plans could have been used at that date for a survey of temporary office spaces. During construction of the north-east extension, room had to be found for those displaced by the building works.



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