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SM (5) 10/5/8 (6) 10/5/9


Working drawing and a copy for the library, as built, January 1798 (2)


5 Transverse section looking east; part-section of the Consols Transfer Office looking east; and (pencil) rough plan of a floor opening 6 Copy of drawing 5


(5-6) bar scale


5 level of Bank Stock -- (illegible, sheet trimmed), B (twice), Br and dimensions given in black and red pen, (Bailey) Section through Consols Library / (Looking East), (verso) Library (sheet trimmed) 6 as above, level of Bank Stock / Floor, B (three times), Br and dimensions given, (Bailey) Section through Consols Library (looking East)

Signed and dated

  • (5) Bank / Jan: 8: 1798 (6) Bank January 10th 17978


Soane office


Drawings 5 and 6 show a building of four storeys and three segmental (cross-vaulted) bays. The central bay is narrower and serves as an internal light well, as in drawing 4. The external walls are much thicker than drawing 4 and the supporting piers are 10 to 12½ inches thicker than the earlier design, leaving less space for the rooms themselves. The supportive piers in drawings 4 to 6 the piers all diminish in size as the storeys ascend. The piers in drawings 5 and 6, however, are cruciform in plan, providing a springing-line for the cross-vaults, whereas in drawing 4 they are simply rectangular.



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