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image SM (7) 9/1/12

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SM (7) 9/1/12


Alternative street improvements, April 1800


7 Copy of a plan for two squares north of the Bank of England and a straight Moorgate Street, showing the Bank of England before the north-west extension


to a scale


Monument yard, Bank of England, Mansion House, Royal Exchange, Guildhall, Situations for the Residences of Capital Merchants, Finsbury Square with street names including: Fish Street Hill, Grace Church Street, Leaden Hall Street, Bishopsgate Street, Old Broad Street, Cornhill, Poultry, Cheapside, Threadneedle Street, Lothbury, Princes Street, Old Jewry, Coleman Street, Ironmonger Lane, King Street, Queen Street and on backing paper: A Dr Reel Chapel

Signed and dated

  • Copy Lin: Inn Fields April 19 1800


Soane office


J Bigg


Drawing 7 shows an alternative design for the street improvements, with two squares north of the Bank of England. The drawing does not show the Bank's north-west extension.



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