(10-16) bar scale
10 as above, The Bank of England, x Iron Hoops ½ by 2 ½ round Portland Cirb, Portland Stone (three times), Portland (twice), Portland arch / stone of windows, arch, stone springer (three times), stone (twice), Cross wall (four times), Rib / 2nd Stocks (five times), Cross wall / common stocks (twice), Yorkshire paving, Groined arch of second stocks, Tye 1in square (twice), chain under cornice, paving bricks (four times), Portland Cirb, second stocks (three times), spandrel filled in with / common stocks, cones, Portland Stone springer, 4 courses / of cones, 6 courses / of cones (three times), 2 courses of paving bricks (three times), arch of paving bricks, dimensions given
11 as above, The Bank of England, arch stone of windows (twice), cill of windows (twice), arch, Rib of / 2nd stocks (four times), yorkshire paving, Trunk arch / of paving bricks / and cones, 6 courses of cones (eight times), 2 courses of paving bricks (eight times), paving bricks (five times), stone springer, chain under cornice, chain barr, chain barr under cornice, height of cornice, 4 courses of cones, stone, second stocks, Trunk arch turned with / cones and paving bricks, dimensions given
12 as above, The Bank of England, chain barr, Iron tye (twice), Stone course (three times), cross wall, stone springer (three times), stone (twice), solid spandril (twice), paving brick on edge, 2 coats of composition (twice), cross wall of common stocks 9" thick (twice), paving bricks (nine times), cones (eight times), solid spandril / of common / stocks, yorkshire paving, stone arch, Rib of second stocks, arch of paving bricks, dimensions given
13 as above, The Bank of England, paving bricks (three times), 2 courses of paving bricks (twice), 6 courses of cones (three times), stone arch (twice), cross wall (three times), cross wall / common stocks, Yorkshire paving, groined arch, dimensions given
14 as above, The Bank of England, flue (twice), sham flue (twice), cross wall (twice), Stone for collors (twice), stone, chain barr (twice), stone springer of Trunk arch (twice), string level / with window / cill, brick springer, solid / spandril / common / brick, Stone pilaster of pier, yorkshire paving (three times), paving bricks, 2 stocks (twice), cross walls of common stock / 9" thick, dimensions given
15 as above, The Bank of England, cross walls (five times)/ of common stocks, stone spandril (three times) / common stocks (twice), stone springer (three times), pipe, yorkshire paving (five times), brick springer / for diagonal / ribs 2nd stocks, brick work in angle of groin 2:3 width for the rib to be turned on, groin of 2nd stocks, portland stone, rib of second stocks, 9" thick 2nd stocks, some dimensions given
16 as above, The Bank of England, flue, sham flue, cross wall (three times), chain barr, stone springer of Trunk arch, stone pier, york paving, solid / spandril / common / stocks, paving bricks (twelve times), cones (eight times), cirb, 2nd stocks, portland, stone, stone springer, some dimensions given
Signed and dated
(10) Lincolns Inn Fields Febry 7th 1799 (11-13, 15-16) Lincolns Inn Fields Febry 7 1799 (14) datable to 7 February 1799
The detailed drawings show how the Consols Transfer Hall was built entirely of fireproof materials; Portland stone, terracotta hollow-cone pots, Yorkshire paving and stock brick, and therefore no timber. Soane drew particular attention to the use of such fireproof material for vaulting in his Royal Academy lectures.
The lightweight hollow pots were square and closed at one end, but basically circular in cross-section, with the other end domical and containing a small opening. Soane had also employed them in the vaulting of the Bank Stock Office. It was an ancient technique that was rediscovered at the end of the eighteenth century and it was the first time such construction had been employed in an English public building. For an example of a hollow-cone pot see M. Richardson & M. Stevens (ed.), John Soane architect: master of space and light, Royal Academy of Arts, 1999, p. 237, cat. 145-146.
In all the drawings the outline of the lantern above the central dome is sketched in pencil.
Drawing 14 shows the chimney flues inside the piers, as seen in the plan of drawing 9 and the section of drawing 8, for heating the hall.
The Groined arch refers to the transverse arches of the groined-vaulted end-bays and the Trunk arch refers to the two longitudinal arches in the central barrel vault of the side-aisles, of which only the inner curve of the arch is seen. In W. Papworth [ed], The Dictionary of architecture, published in parts 1848-1892, volume VIII, the definition of Trunk arch is 'one of which only the intrados, and not the face is seen'.
Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation