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SM (70) 11/6/9


Record drawing of the later south-east Transfer Office, c.1819


70 Perspective, from the north


Soane office


Drawing 70 shows the structure of the later south-east Transfer Office, mid-way through construction (though the scaffolding and building materials have been excluded). One point of particular interest can be seen on the far right-hand side, where there is an access hatch set into the barrel-vault (as shown in drawings 63 and 64). The door to the south Transfer Office appears to be bricked up and Soane may have chosen to exclude it. Later plans show indecision over this choice (drawings 102 and 103). The door is not included in later perspectives, drawings 83 and 84. The two stone walls are most likely the outer walls.



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