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Reference number

SM (21) 10/7/4 (22) 10/7/3 (23) 10/7/1

Purpose

Designs for rearranging the desks in the Pay Hall and adjacent office, May 1831 (3)

Aspect

21 Ground floor plan 22 Ground floor plan (with flier) 23 Ground floor plan

Scale

(21-23) bar scale

Inscribed

21 The Bank of England, Design for the alteration of the arrangement of the several office[s] in the Hall, Bill Office, labelled (Soane): No. 1, Principal / of the office, Iron safe (twice), Ledgers (three times), Cash books, 7 Clerks, Public dr[awin]g off[ice], Scales, 1 Cash[ier] / 1 Insp[ector], 5 Tellers, 4 Pay Clerks, 2 Tellers and some dimensions given 22 The Bank of England, Design for the alteration of the arrangement of the several offices in / the Hall, labelled (Soane): Public drawg office, Scale, 2 Tellers, 8 Tellers, for Eight Clerks and some dimensions given, (flier): Ledger (three times), Cash book 23 The Bank of England, Design for the alteration of the arrangement of the several offices in the Hall, line of Gallery

Signed and dated

(21) L.I.F. / 3d May 1831 (22) L.I.F. 12 May 1831 and LI 9 June 1831 (23) June 1831

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Watermark

(22-23) Smith & Allnutt 182- (trimmed)

Notes

Drawings 21 to 23 show variant designs for the layout of the clerks' desks in the Pay Hall and the adjacent Bill Office. Drawings 22 and 23 both have a stair leading up to a 'Gallery' that spans the length of the Pay Hall, and the drawings show another stair in the adjacent office. Drawing 22 includes a straight-flight stair leading (probably down) towards the Treasury.

Level

Drawing

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