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Reference number

SM (14) volume 46/27 (15) volume 46/28 (16) volume 45/28 (17) volume 45/29

Purpose

Two site record drawings and two site-progress drawings, 7 to 9 August 1816 (4)

Aspect

14 Perspectives showing the Internal View at the / North-West Angle and Stone on the East side of the building 15 Section shewing the Interior of the North side / of the Building 16 Perspective showing the Front Wall looking to Threadneedle Street of / the new office over the Cheque office, drawn at dusk 17 Perspective showing the back wall of the New Office Over Cheque Office

Inscribed

14 as above, labelled A, A Part of the Front of this / Stone is seen in the Sketch / immediately preceding and / is marked A and some dimensions given 15 as above and some dimensions given 16-17 as above and The Bank of England

Signed and dated

  • (14) August 7th. 1816 (15) August 9th. 1816

Hand

(14-17) Henry Parke (1790-1835, pupil 1814-20)

Notes

Drawings 14 to 17 all show a similar point in the construction of the upper office walls, over the Reduced Annuities Office. Drawing 14 shows the interior side of the window jamb, indicating how the masonry is slotted together and continued through the brickwork. The drawing corresponds to the left-hand inner window jamb on drawing 15. Drawing 15 shows an elevation of the interior of the north wall. Doorway openings are indicated on each side and a chimney piece in the centre with arch brick pattern above. Drawing 15 also shows darkly coloured segments around the edge of the projecting cental wall and the windows and a long strip across the lower half of the wall. These were wooden blocks and strips set into the wall so that the window fittings and skirting board could be attached.

Drawing 16 shows the exterior of the southern wall, with long side windows mirroring the doorways of the north wall, shown in drawing 15. Similarly, there is a central chimney piece. The drawing also shows the cavity wall in construction, which would have added structural stability and insulation.

Drawing 17 is a rough sketch and a wider perspective than that of drawing 15. The roof of the room below (slightly pitched) is visible, with boards laid around the edges for the workmen to walk on.

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Drawing

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