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Reference number

SM (15) volume 75/3 (16) volume 75/4 (17) volume 75/5 (18) volume 75/6 (19) volume 75/78

Purpose

Design for the Discount Office with north and south arms separated from the central area by semicircular arches, one dated 27 November 1805 (5)

Aspect

15 Ground floor plan 16 Section on the line AB 17 Section on the line CD 18 Section on the line EF 19 Interior perspective looking north

Scale

(15) bar scale (part trimmed) (16-18) bar scale

Inscribed

15 The Bank, Plan of the Discount Office, lettered A to F, cardinal points and dimensions given; (verso) The Bank of England / Plans, Sections, and points at large / of the / new Discount Office 16 as above, The Bank, Discount Office and dimensions given 17 as above, The Bank, Discount Office and dimensions given 18 as above, The Bank, Discount Office and dimensions given 19 The Bank, New Discount Office

Signed and dated

(15) (verso) John Storace July 6th 1800 (16-18) 1805 (19) Nov 27: 1805

Hand

(15-18) John Storace (Soane pupil 1804-7) (19) Soane office

Notes

Semicircular arches separate the central bay from the north and south arms of the room. The ceiling of the bays, as with the centre space, remains flat. The side 'aisles' are articulated with segmental arches in the centre, as in earlier designs (drawings 4 to 12) with segmental clerestory windows positioned above the arches so as to shed light into the central space. The north and south end bays have round skylights; in drawing 17, bell lights are positioned overhead.

As in all previous designs, the office appears symmetrical on a north-south axis with blind arches flanking the west recess.

Level

Drawing

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