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Reference number

SM (16) 2/3A/1 (17) 2/3A/2 (18) 2/3A/3

Purpose

Design for Perkins central heating in the Director's Offices, after 1830 (3)

Aspect

16 Plan shewing the several offices &c proposed to be warmed by Mr Perkins with heated water 17 Plan and elevation of the furnace room at the north-east corner of the Garden Court 18 Plan and elevations of the furnace room at the north-east corner of the Garden Court

Scale

(16-18) bar scale

Inscribed

16 as above, The Bank of England, (?Soane) 1st Lobby, 1, 2, 2d Lobby, 3, 4, 5, 3d Lobby, Pass[age], 6, 7, 8, 1800 17 The Bank of England, Part of the / Court Room, The Garden, Furnace for hot water apparatus / for warming Court Room, Part of the Hall, Window of Hall 18 The Bank of England, Plan and Elevation of Building erected to contain the Furnace &c for the hot water apparatus / for warming the Court Room - by Mr AM Perkins, Furnace for Hot Water Apparatus / for Warming Court Room, Window of Hall, Floor of Court Room and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(16-18) after 1830 (see Notes)

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The Offices were heated by a single furnace at the north-east corner of the Garden Court.

Angier ? March Perkins was the son of Jacob Perkins, an American inventor who developed high pressure steam and, among other patents, he invented a central heating system. Jacob moved to London in 1819 to pursue his business of steel engraving (unsuccessfully marketing his secure banknote printing methods to the Bank of England). Angier, also an engineer, followed his family to London in 1821. After further developing his father's central heating system, he set up a business on Harpur Street in London in 1830. Angier achieved great commerical success with his high-pressure system, installing it in churches, houses and important institutions such as the Bank of England.

Perkins's high pressure water system was supplied in 1833, at a cost of £100, for use in the Court Room. The same apparatus was installed at 13 Lincolns Inn Fields in 1831, where it was still in use in the twentieth century (Bolton, p. 68).

Literature

A. Bolton, The Works of Sir John Soane, R.A., Architect, 1924, p.68; Baker Perkins Historical Society webpage.

Level

Drawing

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