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SM (1) 9/2/6 (2) 9/2/5


General plans, showing drains and vaults in the Bank (2)


1 General Plan of the Basement Story in the year (pencil) 1807 2 General Plan shewing the principal Drains and Cesspools &c


(1-2) bar scale


1 as above, The Bank of England 2 as above, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • (1-2) (see Notes)


Soane office


(1-2) Joseph Ruse Tovil Mill Maidstone 1803


Drawings 1 and 2 show the north-west extension as built at different dates. The date on drawing 1 could be inaccurate, as it appears to have been added later. A General Plan of the vaults was ordered in November 1804, possibly resulting in drawing 1. Drawing 2 is from a later date, however, as it shows the vaults under the new Directors' offices (as in drawing 7). The drawing also includes a corridor under the Pay Hall, as shown in drawing 9.

In 1804/early 1805 several vaults under the Directos' offices were secured or rebuilt for the 'large amount of Spanish Dollars expected' (Building Committee minutes, p.16). Two small cellars were arched over for even more space, and a corridor was built linking these new vaults to the Bullion Office.

The vaults beneath the Accountant's Office functioned as a library of old bank notes. The old notes had no value but were kept as potential evidence against forgeries (Slessinger, p.225).


Max Schlesinger, Saunterings in and about London, 1853, pp. 224-226.



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