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image SM (11) 11/7/1

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SM (11) 11/7/1


Presentation drawing showing the screen wall as (partially) built in 1805


11 Bird's eye view looking east


(Bailey) Sketch of a Birds Eye View of the Bank of England in the year 1805

Signed and dated

  • 1805


Soane office




The new north-west extension was built in two distinct phases. Drawing 11 shows that the decorative blind portico of raised twin Corinthian columns is a marker for the northern boundary of the finished buildings in 1805; the segment of wall to its north (on the left-hand side) enclosed vacant ground until 1808 when the other offices were complete.



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