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SM (8) 1/6/15


Survey of the south-east corner of the Bank, showing the south entrance to Bartholomew Lane


8 Ground plan


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Part of the Bank of England, The Royal Exchange, St Bartholomew's Church, Engine House, Tower, De la Fons Watch maker, Bennett Sword Cutter, Court, Capel Court, Threadneedle Street, Bank Street, St Bartholomews Lane, Sweetings Alley and dimensions given


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Drawings 12 and 13 show variant designs for altering the corner of St Bartholomew's Lane and Threadneedle Street. The drawings proposed demolishing the holdings, here shown as 'De la Fons Watch maker' and 'Bennet Sword Cutter'. The Cock Tavern is greatly reduced in the proposed design. Drawing 8 shows an initial survey of the grounds. The corner of the block is shown to project 20 feet into Threadneedle Street.



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