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SM (9) 9/3/22 (10) 9/3/23


Surveys showing a curved Princes Street, November 1802 (2)


9 Site plan showing holdings and proposed Princes Street, elevation of existing Lothbury Street front and elevation of proposed Lothbury Street front showing a central pavilion resembling a blind portico, consisting of four raised columns in antis surmounted by a pediment 10 Site plan and elevations as in drawing 4, but elevation of proposed Lothbury Street front showing blind Tivoli windows and a central pavilion with a tall attic surmounted by a statue of Britannia


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9 (Soane) This plan & elevations were / shewn to the Commitee of Building / Present / Mr Governor / Mr Y---- (illegible) / Mr Bosanquet / Mr Darell, Ware House, Printing House, Counting House, Vestibule, Parlor (twice), Court (twice), Passage to the / Old Jewry, Nr (six times), Mid., Jackson, Jameson, Collingdon, (office hand) Drapers Court (twice), This part of Princes Street to be shut up, The line of continuation of Princes Street as agreed to by the Grocers' Company, The Garden / of the Grocers Company, Upper Beadles House / The Grocers Company, Drapers Court (twice), Lothbury, St Bartholomew Lane, Threadneedle Street, The Royal Exchange, The Bank / Coffee House, Capel Court, Court, Tower, Church, Token House Yard, The church, Coleman Street 10 The Plan of the Bank of England in the Year 1800 shewing likewise the Houses to be purchased for the enlargement therof, Proposed continuation of Princes Street, Princes Street, The Garden of the Grocers Company, Upper Beadles House / of the Grocers Company, and streets labelled much as in drawing 3, with The Cock Tavern, The Sun Fire Office, The Bank Coffee House, Mr Hancock

Signed and dated

  • (9) JS, Novr 25: 1802


(9) Soane office and Soane (10) Soane office


Drawings 9 and 10 show alternative designs for the central projection in the proposed Lothbury Street front. On 25 November 1802 Soane presented three alternative designs for the Lothbury Street screen wall. The 'second' one was chosen, according to the Building Committee minutes, probably referring to drawing number 9. As shown in later designs (see 3:4), the intended central pavilion was not included in the built design.

The Directors on the Committee for Building in 1802 were Samuel Bosanquet, Edward Darell, Richard Neave, George Peters, G. Thornton, Samuel Thornton, Mark Weyland. Daniel Giles and Thomas Raikes served as Governor or Deputy Governor.



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