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SM (1) volume 75/8


Preliminary design for a Discount Office, 24 October 1805


1 Section looking north


bar scale


Governor's Room, Bank, Discount Office, Coffee Room, Stone, Stone arch, (?) Ro: Arch, Stone, and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • L.I.F. / Oct: 24th: 1805


Soane and Soane office




The drawing shows three segmental headed windows on the north side of the Discount Office, replaced in Soane's hand by a single semicircular-headed window. A skylight has also been added to the west alcove in Soane's hand, and vaults in the basement are also added. The section shows the walls of the adjacent Governors Room and Coffee Room, revealing that the Coffee Room is indirectly lit by a clerestory window placed at a higher level than the ceiling, with the brick masonry forming an angled path for light to reach down into the room's interior.


W. Marston Acres, The Bank of England from within, Oxford, 1931, pp. 331-2.



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