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SM (5) 9/3/1


Survey of the Front Court, the Barrack Court and the remaining houses on Bartholomew Lane, 22 October 1798 ***


5 Plan of the Front / Court with a rough plan of the passages through the entrance building; Plan of the Barrack / Court; and plan of the external street corner at the north-east of the Bank showing a free-standing irregularly shaped block of houses


to a scale


as above, Bartholomew Lane, Lothbury and dimensions given, (Bailey) Plan of parts of the Bank of England &c. 1798

Signed and dated

  • Bank / Oct 22nd 98

Medium and dimensions

Pen, grey wash and pencil on wove paper (561 x 681)


Soane office


After the purchasing of the north-east properties and the construction of the screen wall, an irregularly shaped block remained in the middle of St Bartholomew's Lane. These buildings projected into the street (see drawing 1) at its north end. They were mostly shops, consisting of a gunmaker, a cheesemonger, a chandler and an engraver. The buildings were most likely demolished in 1798 when the Building Committee moved to 'pull down the houses on Bartholomew Lane'.



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