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Reference number

SM (20) volume 75/14 (21) volume 75/15 (22) volume 75/16 (23) volume 75/17 (24) volume 75/76

Purpose

Presentation drawings of the Discount Office with barrel vaulted end bays, one dated December 1805 (5)

Aspect

20 Ground floor plan with a reflected ceiling plan 21 Section of Discount Office (Looking South); detail of cornice; and detail of archivolt 22 Section of Discount Office (Looking North); (pencil) details of mouldings 23 Section of Discount Office (Looking West) 24 Interior perspective looking north

Scale

(20-23) bar scale

Inscribed

20 (capitals) The / Bank / of / England, The plan / of / the new Discount Office, and dimensions given 21 as above, The Bank of England 22 as above, The Bank of England 23 as above, The Bank of England 24 The Bank of England, View of the Discount Office

Signed and dated

(21-23) 1806 (24) Lincolns Inn Fields / Dec: 10 1805

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The north and south arms of the room are barrel-vaulted. Coffered semicircular arches separate the arms from the central area. The ceiling of the central bay is panelled with an ornamented domical recess in the centre. To the east and west are segmental arches decorated with a Greek key motif; these arches lead into an aisle (to the east) and a recess (to the west), as in early designs for the office. As in all previous designs, the office appears to be symmetrical on a north-south axis, with blind arches flanking the west recess so that it appears to have the same dimensions as the aisle opposite.

The sections show a frieze with a floral wavescroll decorating the impost of the barrel vaults. Within the barrel vaults are semicircular arches leading to the west aisle (blind on the east side). In a reduced style, the arches are set within shallow arched recesses.

The interior of the Discount Office was approved in February 1806. At this time the Building Commitee also agreed that an Inspector's Office should be built over the Discount Office. The Inspector's Office had originally been located in an office to the north-west of the Accountant's Office, built in 1804. The position of Inspector at the Bank was created to combat the increasing number of forgeries, especially of the highly circulated lower denomination bank notes. Several clerks were employed to trace forgers and procure their arrest. In his history of the Bank, Marston Acres recounts some of their duties. In recognition of the occupation's many dangers, the clerks were paid 1s. 9d. an hour for extra attendance and they sometimes earned a reward for notorious criminals. Thomas Glover and Thomas Bliss were the first men employed as investigators (Acres).

Literature

M. Acres, The Bank of England from within, 1931, pp. 322-335.

Level

Drawing

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