as above, (Soane): Arch Concentric with windows, Brick, make these piers to project equally (1:0) the level of the / old wall (?) matches to / ----even into / the Recesses BBB, Stone arch, Stone Spr[ing], 1 foot on its face, Inverted Arch, Bullion Office
Signed and dated
C Patch 1794
Drawing 4 shows Soane's rough design for the construction of a Bullion Office similar to the design shown in drawings 1 and 3. Two semicircular-headed arches separate three barrel-vaults centred on windows facing the Bullion Court. As opposed to drawings 1 and 3, however, the piers supporting the arches are fluted and cabled five-sided piers.
Abramson notes that 'In the late Bank of England transfer halls [including the Bullion Office] Soane was following up earlier experiments with continuous semicircular arches' also used later for the stables at Chelsea Hospital and for Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Literature: D. Abramson, Building the Bank of England: money, architecture, society 1694-1942, 2005, p.179, fig. 217
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