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image SM (1) volume 75/8

Reference number

SM (1) volume 75/8

Purpose

Preliminary design for a Discount Office, 24 October 1805

Aspect

1 Section looking north

Scale

bar scale

Inscribed

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

Hand

Soane and Soane office

Watermark

1802

Notes

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.

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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