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SM (2) 9/4/45 (3) 9/4/44


Presentation drawings of the existing offices and the proposed alterations, March 1807 (2)


2 Ground floor plan 3 Ground floor plan


(2-3) bar scale


2 The Bank of England, Submitted to the Committee / March 26th 1807 and plan labelled: Accountant General's / Room, Court (three times), Deputy Governor's Room, Governor's Room, Discount Office, Coffee Room, Passage (twice), Lobby (three times), Strong Room, Waiting Room (three times), Secretary, Water Closet (twice), Barrack Court, Officer's Room, Bed Room, Servant's Room, Committee Room, Court Room, Garden Court 3 The Bank of England, Design for the proposed alterations in the Committee Rooms, / Waiting Rooms &c and plan labelled: Court (four times), Governors Room, Committee Room (three times), Committee of Treasury, Discount Office, Coffee Room, Passage (four times), Lobby (twice), Waiting Room (three times), Court Room, Garden Court, Committee Room, Strong Room, Secretary to Committee / of Treasury, Deputy Governors Room, Passage, Water / Closet (twice)

Signed and dated

  • (2-3) March 1807


Soane office


(2-3) J Whatman 1801


Drawings 2 and 3 were submitted to the Building Committee on 26 March 1807. Drawing 2 shows the existing offices, with the former Princes Street screen wall partly intact. In drawing 3, the wall has been removed and three Committee Rooms are placed at the south side of the Waiting Room Court. A long corridor with three lobbies runs from east to west, with the Governor and Deputy Governor's Rooms overlooking the long courtyard on the west side.

See SM 9/2/7, drawing 18 in 3:9, for a similar design within the Bank's general plan.



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