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image SM (92) volume 74/113

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SM (92) volume 74/113


Record of preliminary design for heating Taylor's south Transfer Office, 17 January 1820


92 Plan and two laid out elevations


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Plan of the Basement under the "Reduced Office", The Bank of England, A, B and Section AB

Signed and dated

  • 17 January 1820


Soane office


Drawing 92 shows a heating system and foundations. The layout of the pipes is very different to that shown in drawing 7 (for the south-east Transfer Office). It is probable that the office shown is Taylor's south Transfer Office, given the similarity to drawing 94 (see notes to drawing 94). The heating system was probably added by Soane - on 23 May 1790 the Building Commitee minutes (M5/748 Bank of England Committee for Building Minutes Book, 1764-1803) show that Soane was asked to install two new stoves in the 3 per cent Consols Annuities Offices (as the south and south-east corner offices were then called).



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