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Reference number

SM (5) volume 70/7 (6) volume 70/1 (7) volume 70/2 (8) volume 70/9 (9) volume 70/8 (10) volume 70/11 (11) volume 70/14 (12) volume 70/13

Purpose

Working and site progress drawings for the new passage, 23 December 1814 - 4 January 1815 (8)

Aspect

5 Plan for passage on diagonal axis, as executed 6 Plan for passage into semicircular alcove of Rotunda 7 Interior perspective of arch within passage under construction, taken on the line A B of drawing 6 8 Plan for wall joints of passage at forty-five degree angle 9-10 Interior perspectives of arch within passage under construction, related to drawing 8 11 Plan for wall joints of passage at forty-five degree angle 12 Interior perspective of arch within passage under construction, taken on the line A B of drawing 11

Scale

(5-12) to scale

Inscribed

5 brickwork (twice), old work, dimensions given 6 a key of A B, dimensions given 7 as above, a key of A bar of iron over arch, stone (three times), dimensions given 8-9 water pipe, dimensions given 10 Entrance to the Rotunda 11 a key of A B, arches 12 as above, Entrance to the Rotunda, dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (5-9) datable to late 1814 (see note below) (10) Friday Decr 23rd 1814 (11) datable to January 1815 (12) Wednesday Janry 4th 1815

Hand

Soane office

Notes

Due to the extension of the Treasury and the pre-existing structure of the vestibule the new passage was a tight space and driven diagonally between the Treasury and Three per Cent Reduced Office into the semicircular alcove in the south west corner of the Rotunda. Drawing 5 clearly shows the diagonal route of the passage.

Drawings 8-10 and 11-12 show the point at which the passage turns at a forty-five degree angle. The views show the structure to be built of brick and stone with arches leading the passage into the diagonal route. The original vestibule could not be knocked down completely because it was integrated with other buildings. Thus the diagonal passage had to be built by breaking through the existing masonry and brickwork of the south west corner of the Rotunda.

The drawings are in an octavo sketchbook inscribed on the first page; Sketches of the New Entrance / to the Rotunda at the Bank / from the Pay Hall Court / made during the progress of / the Works in the year 1814-1815. The drawings seem to be ordered chronologically within the volume which means drawings 5-9 can be dated to late 1814 as they appear before drawing 10 dated Decr 23rd 1814.

Level

Drawing

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