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image SM (74) volume 74/117

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SM (74) volume 74/117


Design for the later south-east Transfer Office, 1820


74 Cross-section showing the aisles, door and part of a barrel vault


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Section of the 3 per Cent Reduced Annuities Office, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • 1820


Soane office


Drawing 74 shows a cross-section. The design is probably be for the later south-east Transfer Office because it shows decoration of the barrel vault with three simple compartments rather than with the squares and rosettes of the later south Transfer Office vaults. Given that it is probably the south-east Transfer Office, the central door must lead (north) onto the Vestibule, next to the Rotunda.



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