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Reference number

SM (6) 9/1/4 (7) 9/1/8

Purpose

Designs for widening Lothbury and the entrance of Coleman Street, one copied, April 1825 (2)

Aspect

6 Ground plan 7 Ground plan

Scale

(6-7) bar scale

Inscribed

6 (Copy) Cateaton / Street, Coleman / Street, Old / Jewry, Lothbury, Princes / Street, National Debt / Redemption and / Life Annuities Office, Premises belonging to Mr Wright, Premises belonging to Mr Norris, proposed line of frontage by the memorial, area (twice), Grocers Hall / Garden, Line of the Iron Railing enclosing the Ground belonging to the Bank, Court, 55 / O'Brien, 57 & 56 / Hawkinson & Burle, Old Houses / proposed to be / removed / 58, line of front of House as it now is, 44, 45, 46, Packers Court, (brown pen) Mr Buller, (Soane) Copied from the original plan / made in April 1825 and some dimensions given in pencil 7 (Soane) Design for Improving the approaches to the Bank of England from Coleman Street, and the Old Jewry, Cateaton / Street, Old Jewry, Coleman / Street, Lothbury, Princes Street, Part of the Bank of England, No. 1 and numbered 1 to 5, 46 to 44, 58 to 54, Mr Wright, National Debt / Redemption & / Life Annuities Office and dimensions of Princes Street given

Signed and dated

(6) as above, April 1825 (7) April 1825

Hand

Soane office and Soane

Watermark

(6) C Ansell 1824 (7) Smith & Allnutt 1823

Notes

Soane has inscribed 'copied from the original plan' on drawing 6, the original probably being drawings 1 to 3 by Samuel Acton. The drawing shows alternative designs for the entrance to Coleman Street. In red wash is the same design as drawings 4 and 5, and in blue is a rounded corner as shown in drawings 1 to 3. The proposed west end of Lothbury is also included on drawing 6, with the street front moved back so that the junction is more spacious (30 feet wide). This alteration would require demolishing parts of Numbers 4 and 5 on Lothbury Street.

The 'proposed line of frontage by the memorial' refers to a memorial walkway erected to separate the ground at the front of the New Bank Buildings on Princes Street from the public ground. The footway was proposed in 1807, along with a request from the Ward of Coelman Street to widen the streets. When this was proposed in 1807 the Bank responded that it was not able to widen the streets without the City's cooperation in opening the south end of Princes Street. Evidently, the parties did not come to a resolution, as the Bank was reviewing similar designs in 1825 (see also drawings 1 to 3).

Drawing 7 includes a survey of Princes Street. The street is 15'3" wide at its two narrowest points. Midway, and even with the Bank's north-west wing, the street widens to 42'6". Drawing 7 has the same design for the entrance to Coleman Street as shown in drawings 4 and 5, removing about 161 feet of street front.

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