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Reference number

SM (25) volume 71/16 (26) volume 60/39

Purpose

Site record drawings of the south-east corner, showing parts of the wall already built, 16 and 17 October 1823 (2)

Aspect

25 View 26 View of part of the External Wall in Threadneedle Street

Inscribed

25 Bank of England, South East Angle 26 as above, The Bank of England

Signed and dated

(25) 16/10/23 and 16 Oct 1823 (26) 17th Octr 1823

Hand

Soane office

Notes

The squared corners of Robert Taylor's screen wall were rounded-off as part of the street front building works. In drawings 25 and 26, the wall at the south east corner has been stripped of its facing, with the semicircular niches and the stone masonry exposed. A square rainwater pipe is visible at the corner of the brickwork. One of the recently-built transfer offices is shown in drawing 25.

Drawings 25 shows the ground level of the east and south fronts already complete; even lamp-posts are included on the east front.

Soane first introduced rounded corners when he built the Lothbury Street screen wall in 1797. The corners provided a picturesque appearance and they also facilitated the easier movement of traffic. Daniel Abramson (op.cit) points out that Soane credited his inspiration to John Gwynn's 1766 plan for London.

Literature

D. Abramson, Building the Bank of England: money, architecture, society 1694-1942, 2005, p.126

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Drawing

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