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SM (62) volume 74/94


Working drawing for recess at the east end, 30 October 1799


62 Plan and Sections of Offices in the East end of the Office / in its present state


bar scale


as above, Transfer Office, dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Bank 30th Octr 1799


Soane office


This is the only (surviving) drawing to focus on the recess at the east end. The central eastern room with a groin-vaulted ceiling was intended for the Chief Clerk. The two rooms on either side had domed ceilings with skylights and were intended for the Unclaimed Dividends and the Wills and Power of Attorney registration offices. These additional rooms were required because of the Bank of England's expansion of services. The recess was reached by four steps leading through an arch.
The inscription suggests that the construction of the east recess was completed, or near completion at this time.



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