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SM (18) volume 46/22 (19) volume 45/30


Site record drawings, 9 August 1816 (2)


18 Elevation showing The Centering of one of the arches on the East side / of the building 19 Elevation showing the north wall with two window centering arches in place


18 as above, Whole thickness of the centering 7" and some dimensions given 19 Bank of England and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (18) August 9th. 1816 (19) August 13/14. 1816


(18-19) Henry Parke (1790-1835, pupil 1814-20)


Drawing 18 shows the wooden centering arch that would have temporarily supported a masonry arch constructed around it. The wooden wedges would then have been knocked out, letting the masonry blocks fall securely into place. The arch it was designed to support must have been one of those in the north wall to either side of the fireplace, as shown in drawing 19 (the width dimensions are roughly the same in each: 10.1").

Drawing 19 shows two of the centering arches for the north windows in place, with brickwork being constructed around them.



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