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image SM (56) 10/1/44

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SM (56) 10/1/44


Design for altering the steps and footway for the incline on Bartholomew Lane, April 1799


56 Plans &c of the Steps & Footway, Bartholomew Lane


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as above, Elevation as at present, Plan as at present, Elevation as proposed, Plan as proposed, Fall 2 3/6 in every 10ft with some dimensions given of the staircase and the kerb

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  • Bank. April 9th 1799


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Lothbury Street was lower than Threadneedle Street, resulting in a slight incline on St Bartholomew Lane. With the new extension facing onto Lothbury Street, a wrapping enclosure around the entire Bank was possible. To avoid having an inclining or stepped screen wall (an to emphasize the unifying horizontality) an eight foot high socle was included under the screen wall on the new north side. The socle diminished as the screen wall climbed St Bartholomew Lane, maintaining the wall's horizontality. The footway was also altered to accomodate the new extension, following the incline of the street and continuing around to Lothbury. When Taylor built the east wing, the footway was kept level with the Bank, as shown in drawing 56, but such a trajectory would not have successfuly joined with Lothbury Street.



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