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Reference number

SM (8) 9/2/14 (9) 9/2/8

Purpose

Presentation drawings of alternative designs for the Printing Office Court and directors' parlours, one dated April 1805 (2)

Aspect

8 Ground floor plan of the existing Bank and proposed offices, showing semicircular-ended rooms and an arcade 9 Ground floor plan of the existing Bank and proposed offices, showing elongated rectangular rooms and a stair

Scale

(8-9) to a scale

Inscribed

8 plan of preliminary design labelled (Soane, red pen): Ad[ditiona]l Office (twice), officers, Bed, Secr[etary], Arcade, Barracks and plan of built works labelled: Princes Street (twice), The three per cent / Reduced, Armory, Cheque Office, Pay Office, Garden, Officers / Room, Bed / Room, Servants Room, Court, Passage, Clerk of / Commitee, Doorkeepers / Lobby, Waiting Room (three times), Strong / Room, Passage, Vestibule to Court and / Committee Room, Committee Room, Court Room, Lobby, Coffee / Room, Drawing Office, Discount Office, Court, Court, Passage from Princes Street to the / Different Offices, Vestibule, Passage, Chief Clerk, Inspectors Office, Accountants Office (twice), Deputy / Accountants / Room, Deputy / Accountants / Parlor, Deputy / Accountants Eating / Room, Accountants / Parlor, The Accountants / Eating Room, Accountants Court, Chief Cashiers / Room, Land Tax / Reduced / Office, Cashiers Office, Secretaries Office, Passage (twice), Lothbury Court, Porters / Lodge, Vestibule, Library, Court, The Three Per Cent Consols / Transfer Office, Interior Office, Bullion Court, Bullion Office, The three per cent Consols / Dividend Office, Bank Stock Office, Rotunda, Vestibule (twice), Strong Room, Court, Pay Hall, Passage (twice), Threadneedle Street, Bartholomew's Lane, Lothbury, The Bank of England / General Plan 9 No 3 Being the Plan finally / approved & to be / carried with immediate / execution, (different hand) In this design no alteration is / made in the the Court Room & the / Rooms connected therewith, plan labelled (pencil): Pay Hall, Bill Office, Rotunda, 4 per cent, 3 per cent, Bank Stock, Vestibule, Addl treasury, Registry --- (feint pencil), Treasury, Drawing Office / in the Acct / Department, Drawing Office / in the Department / of the Cashiers, Court Room, Committee Room, Land Tax Office, Committee / 4, Waiting / Room, Strong / Closet, Parlor / Doorkeeper, Waiting / Room (four times), Passage, Lobby, Discount Office, Coffee Room, Governor, Deputy / Governor, Secretary, Committee / 2, Committee / 3, Court, Discount / Office, Coffee Room, Bullion Court, Mr Newland, Mr (?Cretter) / Discount Cheque, Cashiers Office, Secretary, Cashiers, Acct / & / Deputy / Acct, Accountants Office, Vestibule, Journal & Ledger, Court

Signed and dated

(9) Lincolns Inn Fields April 3d 1805

Hand

(8) Soane office and Soane (9) Soane office

Notes

After the Building Committee resolved not to move the Court and Committee Rooms, drawing 9 was presented by Soane with two other designs showing the proposed Barracks and a 'convenient location for Cash Book Offices' (Building Committee Minutes, 9 May 1805). Drawing 9 was approved. It shows a general layout of the Printing Office Court, as well as a preliminary design for the director's offices and the Long Passage (see separate schemes 3:10 and 3:13).

Level

Drawing

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