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SM (27) 10/8/4


Working drawing for railing encircling the Bank, 4 November 1823


27 Elevation and section


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The Bank of England, (Payne) Wrought Iron, Wrought Iron (twice), Elevation of Iron Railing to Exterior, Section

Signed and dated

  • Bank 4 November 1823 / Walter Payne


Walter Payne (Clerk of Works, 1789-1833)


The railing was made according to the design in drawing 27 and positioned on the Threadneedle Street front and at the southern end of Bartholomew Lane, where the wall's socle was not high enough to protect the façades from passers-by.

The date on drawing 27 suggests that the railing was made at the end of 1823, indicating that the south front of the Bank, at ground level, had already been erected.



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