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SM (88) 10/3/28


Record drawing of Lothbury Court and adjoining offices, dated by Bailey November 1799


88 Sectional elevation of the south side of the Court


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(Bailey) The Bank of England, Sketch of a Design for the South side of the "Lothbury Court"

Signed and dated

  • (Bailey) November 1799


Soane office


Drawing 88 shows the ground level in the Court. Leading up to the colonnade on the east side is a stair with a landing. On the west side the ground descends three steps to the foundation wall beneath the screen of columns. The drawing does not show the means of passing through the west side.



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