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image SM (91) volume 74/127

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SM (91) volume 74/127


Survey of Taylor's south Transfer Office, c.1820


91 Plan and laid out wall elevations


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Plan and Sections of the Foundation Walls / of the 4 Per Cent Office as they were found / on the rebuilding of the Office in 1820, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • 1820


Soane office


The inscription to drawing 91 refers to the rebuilding of the office in 1820. The drawing shows the ground floor plan and surrounding arches (laid out on all four sides), with the positions of Taylor's wooden columns in place, which is almost identical to Taylor's south-east Transfer Office in plan (see also drawings 8 and 9). However, the irregular longitudinal lines of the floor plan suggest that it is in fact Taylor's south Transfer Office, as the wall-line bordering Threadneedle Street was askew in this way (see overall plan).

The inscription confirms that that office was pulled down at a later date than the south-east Transfer Office, as late as 1820 (though some designs may have been made earlier).



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