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SM (17) 2/1/7


Record drawing of a design for the offices in the upper storey on the east side of the Printing Office Court


17 (Bailey) Plan of part of the One Pair Floor of the Bank of England


to a scale


as above, The Chief Accountant's House (Mr Dawes), The Deputy Accountant's House (Mr Hutchinson), Discount Check / Office, Gallery over the / Landlords Property Tax office, Door Keeper (Bromage), Parlour, Investigator's Office, Cash Book Office, Paper Room, Drying Room

Signed and dated

  • after 1806 (watermark)


Soane office


SII 1806


Drawing 17 shows the offices on the first floor in the north-east part of the new wing. A partition is in place in the corner room, dividing the office into the 'Paper Room' and the 'Cash Book Office'. The same partition exists in other plans of the first floor offices, as in drawing 19, but it is omitted in the presentation drawing 16. It is therefore likely that the extra wall was added after the building's construction in 1808.

In February 1806 the Building Committee decided to move the Inspectors Office from its location on the east side of the Printing Office, as in drawing 17, to a space above the Discount Office (adjacent to the Long Passage). The watermark on drawing 17 (1806) suggests that the drawing was made after the Building Committee's decision.



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