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SM (21) 9/3/10


Survey of the existing holdings and preliminary design for the proposed north-west extension, 1803


21 Site plan of the north-west of the Bank, showing holdings and a rough plan of the proposed extension


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(Soane) Plan Feb: 15: 1803 See Secretary's Minutes, New Street on / continuation of Princes / Street, Lothbury, Princes Strts, Court leading to Mr Burchall's House, Meeting House, Court belonging / to Mr Smiths / House, Roberts / at / will, Conners / at will, Sledhill / at will, Greaves / at will, Hyde / at will, Secondaries Office, House bel:g / to an officer / who attends / the Second: offices, 1806, 1806 / Jameson(?) / in poss[essio]n, Jackson / 1806, Leader / 1806, Lee / at will, 1806 / Mr Brown / who pays only 16 per ann: / Mr Wright has an / Interest also / which he left / to Mr Brown for / £100 Guineas / per ann: for / his whole ---- (illegible), between plinths / bases project / between pilasters, Clarkson / at will, Mid: 1816, Ladyday / 1808, Anderson 1813, Meldrum 1814, in posession (three times), in pos: (twice), Crown public house, B(owerbank?), Beadle of / Grocer Co House, 1869, Pulled down with street numbers and some dimensions given

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  • Feb: 8: 1803 Church


Soane office and Soane


Hayes & Wise 1799


By 1803, the Bank had been granted permission by Parliament to acquire property for its north-west extension. The freeholds were purchased without complications and the Grocers' Company Garden was negotiated by June 1801. The leaseholders in the properties, however, were more difficult to satisfy. The Bank had often to wait until the leases were expired before taking possession. Notice was given at the end of 1802 and in early 1803 to occupants whose leases had expired. Eight houses were still occupied in May 1803, and two remaining houses as late as 1805.

The rough plan on drawing 21 shows Soane's preliminary designs for the extension, including the corner of Princes Street, later called Tivoli Corner.



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