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image SM (68) 10/3/1

Reference number

SM (68) 10/3/1

Purpose

Design of the offices between Lothbury Court and the Bullion Court, 21 February 1799

Aspect

68 Plan indicating the existing buildings in black and the proposed building works in light red, showing offices with curving interiors; (Soane) alterations to the design, including a second Secretary's office and a Strong Closet, a chimney-piece in The Secretary's Office, a variation in the corridor leading to the Bullion Court, a Strong Clo[set] off the Deputy Accountant's Office, columnal variations in the Accountant General's Office and the Residence Court (Office Court), a chimney-piece in the Interior Office for the Consols

Scale

bar scale

Inscribed

as above, The Bank of England, Lothbury Quadrangle, Vestibule, Lobby, Water / Closet, Watch / Box, Iron Gate, Open, 3 pr Cent Consols, water, Bullion Offices, Secretary, Strong Closet, Dep:? / Accountant Generals / Room, Closet, Court, Mr Edward's / present Room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

Lincolns Inn Fields Febry 21. 1799

Hand

Soane and Soane office

Notes

The north-east extension had to fit into an irregular parcel of land between the streets and the existing Bank. The existing buildings were directed at a different angle from Lothbury Street and so the joining of the two sides was not easy. The rectangular Lothbury Court gave a semblance of order to the interior. The offices, on the other hand, were awkward shapes. As shown in drawings 1 to 3, the offices were polygons at first but Soane eventually curved the corners and ends of these rooms, therby masking their unusual shapes and angles. Drawing 68 shows slight refinements to the plan in Soane's hand, including another Secretary's office and strong closets in some of the offices. In the corridor leading from Lothbury Court to the Bullion Court, a turn was included at the recommendation of one of the Bank's directors, Mr Dea, to inable a direct view from the outside to the Bullion Court. This suggestion was made in October 1797 but it was eventually dropped in favour of a straight approach.

Level

Drawing

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