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SM (15) 2/1/5


Survey of part of the apartments for the Secretary and the Second Door Keeper


15 First floor plan


bar scale


The Bank of England, Plan of part of the one pair floor, Rooms over the Waiting rooms No 6 & 7 &c, The Bank of England, (pencil) 33'6 by 18'9, 13 by 17'6, 18'0 by 30'4

Signed and dated

  • after 1830 (watermark)


probably Walter Payne (Clerk of Works 1789-1833)


Smith & Allnutt 1830


In December 1809, Soane was directed to build apartments above the old Printing Office (as shown in drawing 15) as accomodation for the Secretary and the Second Door Keeper. The apartments are just south of the Waiting Room Court, accessed by a stair near the Doric Vestibule. Drawing 14 was made after 1830, probably as a survey by the Clerk of Works Walter Payne (see SM 2/1/2 and SM 2/1/6 for similar first floor plans).



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