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Reference number

SM (14) 1/7/10 (15) 1/7/13

Purpose

Design for the buildings and courts south of the screen wall, one dated 25 June 1805 (2)

Aspect

14 (Soane) Section through the Great Quadrangle / & part of the Soldiers Court &c; rough part-plan of the rampart walk; detail of arch[itrave] / to small door A of the rampart walk 15 Section through the Barracks

Scale

(14) bar scale (15) to a scale

Inscribed

14 as above, The Bank, labelled (Soane): Great Quadrangle, Soldiers Court, A, Lothbury Paving / of footway, Paving of Court of / Great Quadrangle, proj[ectio]n of / base mold[ing] and dimensions given 15 The Bank of England, Section through the proposed Barracks 1805

Signed and dated

(14) June 25th 1805

Hand

(14) Soane office and Soane (15) Soane office

Watermark

(14-15) 1802

Notes

Drawings 14 and 15 show the Soldiers Court at an intermidate level between the Great Quadrangle and Lothbury Street. In earlier designs (see drawings 1 and 2) the Soldiers Court is level with Lothbury Street and the Great Quadrant is sunken, leaving a difference of three feet between the north and south façades of the Barracks. Modifications to the earlier design suggest the changed levels shown in drawings 14 and 15; the ground level is high enough to include a north entrance into the Barracks.

Drawing 15 shows tall balustrades on top of both façades of the Barracks, meeting the height of the adjoining buildings. The Doric order on the south elevation is taller and with an alternative entablature to that shown in drawing 14. The north entrance is omitted in drawing 15; in drawing 14 a north entrance is shown.

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Drawing

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