Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Presentation drawings for desks in the Pay Hall, two dated January and May 1810 (3)
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image Image 1 for SM (16) 10/7/7 (17) 10/7/8 (18) volume 72/31
image Image 2 for SM (16) 10/7/7 (17) 10/7/8 (18) volume 72/31
image Image 3 for SM (16) 10/7/7 (17) 10/7/8 (18) volume 72/31
  • image Image 1 for SM (16) 10/7/7 (17) 10/7/8 (18) volume 72/31
  • image Image 2 for SM (16) 10/7/7 (17) 10/7/8 (18) volume 72/31
  • image Image 3 for SM (16) 10/7/7 (17) 10/7/8 (18) volume 72/31

Reference number

SM (16) 10/7/7 (17) 10/7/8 (18) volume 72/31

Purpose

Presentation drawings for desks in the Pay Hall, two dated January and May 1810 (3)

Aspect

16 Ground floor plan 17 Plan of the Pay Hall shewing the different offices 18 Ground floor plan

Scale

(16-17) bar scale (18) to a scale

Inscribed

16 Bank of England, Pay Hall, Lobby to Court Room, and (Soane): Presented to the Committee / Jan: 1810, Bullion Court, 6 pay clerks now five, 4 Cashiers for paying notes / & inspectors behind, (pencil) Stair, Solid, Bill office, Bill clerks, Lobby / to / Treas[ury] and some dimensions given 17 as above, Drawing Office, Clearer's Office, Cashier's Desk, Bill Office, Public Desk, Bank Note Pay Office, Post Bill Office, Out-teller's Desk, In-teller's Desk (twice), Public Drawing Office, (pencil): 5 & 6 Pay Clerks, 4 Cashiers, Qy / Spare Room / for / in-tellers, Door, Bill off[ice], Strong Iron ---- (illegible, safe?), desk, Present bill office, Bill office, area as present, 41'9" Run of desks, Interior to ---- office / as approved by the / Committee, Run of desks ---- / 56 feet, Clearers, Present / 22:8 Run of desks, 22:2 ---, 30:8 Run of desks, ---- Area / 197:0 and some dimensions given 8 centre of / Bullion Court, stove

Signed and dated

(16) as above, January 1810 (17) May 24 1810

Hand

(16-17) Soane and Soane office (18) Soane office

Watermark

(17) Ruse & Turners 1805

Notes

Drawing 16 was presented to the Building Committee in January 1810. Desks were added in the office directly north of the Pay Hall, with a stair enclosed by a partition on the east side of the office (right-hand side of drawing) and a spiral stair on the west corner of the office. A lobby to the Treasury (right-hand side of drawing) is included in the proposed alterations. The spiral stair was built.

Drawing 17 shows the Pay Hall divided into several areas for public banking. Soane constantly had to make temporary office space for those displaced clerks whose offices were being repaired or rebuilt. Drawing 17 may show such a temporary arrangement (the Bank Stock Office roof was repaired in 1810), but it is more probably a permanent layout of the desks in the Pay Hall, serving several public banking functions.

The survey (drawing 18) shows a stove in the centre of the Pay Hall, as in drawing 17.

Level

Drawing

Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).