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SM (1) 2/4/6 (2) 2/4/5


Designs, c. June 1816 (2)


1 Plan of the Reduced Annuities Office 2 Plan of the 3½ Dividend Office (then an Armory)


(1-2) bar scale


1 The Bank of England and (feint pencil) some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • (1-2) datable to c. June 1816


Soane office


Drawings 1 and 2 show plans for the alterations propsed for the south-west office (the Reduced Annuities office and Armory respectively). Originally (see overall plan, q.v.) the two rooms (which can be seen together in drawing 3) had been divided by a wall running from the south-west corner of the Garden Court to the west wall opposite, on the northern side of the doorway onto that court. Soane's designs show his intention to demolish that wall and reduce the size of what was then called the Armory, adding another wall further to the north. Instead of a wall, Soane added paired columns with segmental arches above, to support the domed lantern.

Drawing 1 also shows the counters and desks in place and two circular objects in the centre of the counters - the stoves. The corner pillars on the southern side (left) were original to Taylor's design.

Drawing 2 similarly indicates the desk position (presumably the previous function of the room as an armory was to be abandoned in favour of a ?cheque? office). There is a central stove again and the east wall (bottom) shows the piers, engaged columns and window jambs of the segmental-arched windows that faced onto the Garden Court. The Barrack Court is labelled to the north (right) and a fireplace is shown in the north wall.



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