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SM 2/3b/6


Survey of excavated walls and pavement under and adjoining to the north, dated 6 April 1798


55 Plan & Section of the Bank Stock Wall & Walls adjoining / Sittuation of the Old & New Piles, Shewing the difference of their Level / the Sittuation of the Old Pavement found in the Bottom of the New Trench


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, The Bank of England 1798, Stone Pavement / found Nine feet below / the floor under the Bank Stock / of Different Dimensions, Brick Edge Pavement / found nine feet below the floor / under the Bank Stock - / Dimensions 4 Inches / 3 - / 1 -, Piles and Plank to foundation of new 4pr ct Office, old Brick Edge / Pavement, Bottom of Trench, Old Wall Adjoining / Bank Stock / from the Plan A, Section / of Bank Stock / Wall, Stone Plinth, Floor under Bank Stock, For Ledger - 7in x 3in / Do Plank 16 x 3 / width of Plank & Distance of Piles / uncertain, Inside of Wall next Barthw Lane, Part of / Bank Stock / Walls / 9 inch caseing, door lender / Bank Stock, A, New Trench, Small Stone Paving, Brick Edge Paving, rubbish, dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • April 6th 1798

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pale red ink, yellow ochre and sepia washes on laid paper with six fold marks (494 x 680)


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The survey drawing of the north foundation wall of the Bank Stock Office and the areas adjoining was apparently done on 6 April 1798 (although this was Good Friday), probably in conjuntion with excavations for the new Consols Transfer Office about to the built on this site. The purpose of this drawing is unclear. It appears to combine Soane's archeological, antiquarian interests with his professional concern for properly preparing the foundations of the forthcoming Consols Transfer Office.
The section at the top of the drawing shows the steps leading up to the grated entrance to the Bank Stock Office's cellar beneath the north wall chimney piece, and visible in drawing 37 and 47. The rest of the section shows an old wall adjoining the Bank Stock Office and piles and plank for the foundation of the New Four Per Cent Office (this may be a reference to the Consols Transfer Office, rather than the Four Per Cent Office built to the Bank Stock Office's east and in 1797).
The plan at the bottom of the drawing also shows the north wall of the Bank Stock Office cellar, plus the inside of the wall next to Bartholomew Lane, and the plan of the old wall adjoining the Bank Stock Office's cellar labelled in the section, as well as details of the old pavement found in the new 31-foot long trench running north from the Bank Stock Office's north wall. Adjoining this north wall, at the bottom of the drawing, is an area found to be filled with rubbish. On the drawing's left are two details drawn of pavement found nine feet under the floor of the Bank Stock Office, the top drawing being of stone paving and the bottom of brick.



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