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Reference number

SM (26) volume 63/121 (27) volume 73/17 (28) 10/6/4

Purpose

Designs for the basement of the Princes Street Vestibule and adjacent rooms, one dated July 1803 (3)

Aspect

26 Basement plan 27 Plan of the Basement corrected from plan dated May 3d 1803; and (Soane) part-elevations of the foundations 28 Basement floor plan

Scale

(26-28) bar scale

Inscribed

27 as above, The Bank, A (twice), B (twice), Col (four times), Pil (twice), Center of / Room and dimensions given 28 The Bank of England, Centre of £5 Note Library, 13 by 13, Plan of part of the Basement Story and dimensions given

Signed and dated

(26) datable to mid 1803 (27) (Copy) Lincolns Inn Fields / July 12. 1803 (28) datable to 1827 or after (watermark)

Hand

Soane office

Watermark

(28) Smith & Allnutt 1827

Notes

Drawings 26 to 28 show the basement below the Princes Street entrance Vestibule. Drawing 27 is a slightly altered copy of drawing 19. The rooms to the west of the Waiting Room Court have been changed so as to include a different stair and a larger T-shaped room facing the Court.

The watermark on drawing 28 indicates that it was made after 1827. The drawing could have been executed when Soane was seeking storage vaults beneath the Bank, a common occurrence during his surveyorship. The drawing shows partitions in the vaults, perhaps indicating storage vaults.

The £5 note library was beneath the Accountants Office. It was for the storage of old banknotes. Though the banknotes were valueless, having been issued and paid into the Bank, they were stored in this secure library as evidence should a case of theft or forgery arise. Max Schlessinger's Saunterings in and about London, written in 1858, describes the author's visit to the Library in good detail (Max Schlesinger, Saunterings in and about London, 1853, pp. 224-226).

Level

Drawing

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