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image SM (24) 10/7/6

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SM (24) 10/7/6


Design for skylights in the roof of the Pay Hall, May 1831


24 Section looking East


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as above, shewing the / proposed alteration of the Roof &c in order / to obtain additional light, The Bank of England, (Soane) Clock

Signed and dated

  • May 1831


Soane office and Soane


Smith & Allnutt 1823


The Pay Hall built by George Sampson in 1731-34, had a flat ceiling beneath a shallow hipped roof. Windows only existed on the south and west walls. Soane's design shows skylights at the apex of the roof, with the ceiling opened to allow light into the office. Dotted lines illustrate the sunlight's path.



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