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SM (9) 10/6/6 (10) 10/6/7


Survey and design for vaults under the new Directors' offices, c. 1808 and May 1814 (2)


9 Plan; and rough (pencil) part-plans 10 Plan showing partitions


(9) to a scale (10) bar scale


9 The Bank of England, Plan of part of the Basement Story, (pencil) Waiting Room Court and dimensions given in pen and pencil 10 The Bank of England, (Orderd by the Dep[uty] Governor), Barrack Court, under Committee Room, under the Waiting Room / No 7, Part of the / Waiting Room Court, under Waiting Room / No 6, Passage to the Area in the Garden, (pencil) 15 by 17, under Committee Room, under Waiting Room / No 7, Waiting Room / Court, under Waiting Room / No 7,

Signed and dated

  • (9) c. 1808 (see Notes) (10) May 25 1814


(9) Soane office (10) Soane office and Soane


Drawings 9 and 10 show the same area of basement, located just south-west of the Waiting Room Court (upper left-hand side of drawing 9; top of drawing 10). The vaults were probably built in 1807 when the Directors' offices above were constructed (see drawings 1 and 2 for general plans before and after the vaults in question). To the south, a corridor leads to the old vaults beneath the Court and Committee Rooms, Governor and Deputy Governor's Rooms and old waiting rooms.

Drawing 10 indicates that in May 1814 the Deputy Governor ordered two partitions in the vaults beneath the Committee Room and Waiting Room number 7.



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