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SM (10) volume 75/7


Design for the Discount Office with north and south arms separated from the central area by segmental arches, 17 November 1805


10 Section looking north; part-plan; section looking east; and rough (pencil) section of basement


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The Bank, Section &c. of Discount Office, and plan and elevations labelled (Soane): Governors Room, Coffee Room, Part of the Discount / Office, For the public, Qy door, Arch (twice), Door into Vestibule / & Court Room &c, (capitals) Discount Office, Wood, Wood Pil(aster), Gl(ass) (six times), Glass (twice), (capitals) Discount Office, Rub: glass (four times), * See Soffite / LIF Library, Door in Passage / to range with Im- (impost? sheet trimmed) / in Bullion- (Court? sheet trimmed), Old doors / to be used / old dado, (red pen) 1:0 Stone arch, Stone Arch and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Nov: 17: 1805




Two segmental arches span the room at a higher springing point than the segmental arches screening the aisles. Soane's inscription ('See Soffite / LIF Library') orders the same detailing as used for the soffits of Soane's own library at 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields (no longer extant). The inscription also indicates the east aisle as the public area with an entrance from the lobby to the north-east and exit to the south (the right-hand side of the elevation at the top of the sheet). As in drawing 1, the section at the bottom of the sheet shows the walls of the adjacent Governors Room and Coffee Room. The Coffee Room is lit by a window at a higher level, with the brick masonry forming an angled path for light to reach down into the room's interior.



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