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SM (3) 9/2/12


Presentation drawing of the Bank, including the proposed extension, April 1802


3 Ground plan of the Bank, showing the proposed design and the existing buildings


(3) bar scale


3 The Bank of England, (Soane) Bank April 8th 1802 / Design submitted to the Committee of Building, who ordered / as follows, Mr Govr / Mr Dep / Sir Rd Neave / Mr Darell / Mr S Bosanquet / Mr Saml Thornton / Mr Winthrop, and plan labelled (Soane): Committee / room, Court Room, Bank Note / Printing office / on the first floor / & / additional / waiting & / Committee Rooms / under, The / Drawing / office, Accomptants office / & / Rooms under for Books / & / Rooms over, Accompts Office, Disct Office, Cash book, Anteroom / to / Disct Office, Governors / room, Deputy / Governor, Vestibule, Mr Newlands / Hall, Anti-room, Mr Newland / Room, Bullion Court, Mr Newlands / present office to / be laid into the / Pay Hall, The Hall, Paved Court, Treasury, addition / to / Treasury, Bullion office, Interior Office, Lothbury Court, Lothbury, The Library, Transfer Office (twice), Bank Stock, (pencil, Soane) The Garden, 3 per Cent / red, Cheque / Office, Pay Hall

Signed and dated

  • (submitted 8 April 1802, as above) and (Bailey) Lincolns Inn Fields / April 1805


Soane office and Soane


The inscriptions on drawing 3 show that Soane was not only designing a new wing but also making alterations to offices throughout the Bank. The plan shows suggestions for altering the offices around the Bullion Court. The Bullion Office was expanded and rebuilt 1806-1808. 'Mr Newland' refers to Abraham Newland, the Chief Cashier of the Bank from 1778 to 1807. His office was enlarged to the east, presumably at the suggestion of the directors on the (approved) presentation of this drawing in April 1802.

Only a preliminary design for the north-west offices is shown in drawing 3. Elongated rectangular buildings surround two courtyards and are connected by a long corridor extending from north to south. The corridor leads from the directors' offices through the Accountants Office, passing through loggias in both courts. Without an entrance on Princes Street, the new wing is only accessible from the directors' offices.



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