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SM (4) 9/4/12


Survey of the offices as built, from 1808


4 Ground floor plan


bar scale


The Bank of England / (Plan of part of the Principal Floor. 1832) and plan labelled: Lobby, The Court Room, Committee Room, Staircase to / cheque office / &c, Officer's / Servant, Officer's Room, Recess for Bed, Secretary of Committee / of Treasury, Barrack Court, Committee Room, Waiting Room / No (five times), Rustic Lobby, The Deupty Governor's / Room, Lobby, The Governor's Room, Part of the / Branch Bank / office, Discount Office, Door keeper's / Lobby, Coffee Room

Signed and dated

  • 1832 (as above)


Soane office


Smith & Allnutt 1830


The built design for the Directors' Offices is shown in a drawing from 1832. The 'Door Keeper's Lobby' (right-hand side of drawing) is the point of entry for all visitiors. From here, a long passage leads past two Waiting Rooms to another lobby that has four doors, leading to the Governor's and Deputy Governor's Rooms and the Court and Committee Rooms. Continuing west, the visitor reaches a third lobby, the 'Rustic Lobby', with doorways leading to more Waiting Rooms, a Committee Room and the office of the Secretary. Another passage continues south from here to the Garden Court, passing water closets and a stair. The stair leads up to the offices and apartments on the first floor (including the room over the Cheque Office, built in 1816).



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