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image SM (6) 9/1/16

Reference number

SM (6) 9/1/16

Purpose

Alternative design for the site of Moorfields and Bethlehem Hospital, for the improvements proposed by the Corporation of the City of London to George Dance's designs, 20 October 1808

Aspect

6 Plan A / For the general Improvement of the Scite of / Moorfields and Bethlehem Hospital / as agreed to by the / Select Committee of Bridge House Lands / 20th Octr 1808 (on Bridge House Lands see Notes below)

Scale

bar scale

Inscribed

as above, and labelled: London Wall, Broker Row (twice), Paved Stones, New Broad Street, Spinning Wheel Alley, Broad Street Buildings, Wilson Street, South Street, Rope Makers Street, Short Street, South, East, North, West, 500 by 345, 60.0 (twice)

Signed and dated

Office of Works / Guildhall / Octr 20th 1808

Hand

George Dance (1741-1825)

Notes

Drawing 6 shows a square on a semicircular plan. Drawings 1 to 4 show the site as the 'London Amphitheatre' and oval in plan.

As a corollary to his position as Clerk of the City Works to the City of London, George Dance fulfilled a similar role to the Bridge House Estate. The primary fuction of this ancient institution was the maintenance of London Bridge but over five centuries, gifts and legacies including land and properties inside the City of London and further afield had widened its scope. Bridge House itself was situated in Tooley Street, Southwark. (D.Stroud, George Dance, architect, 1741-1825, 1971, p.34)

Level

Drawing

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