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SM (6) 1/8/12


Record drawing showing the north-west extension as built, July 1810


6 A Birds Eye View of the Bank of England


as above

Signed and dated

June 9th 1810


Soane office


This bird's eye view shows the Bank as it existed in 1810. The north-west wing has been built and a railing has been erected around the Tivoli Corner. The drawing reveals the Bank's variety of rooflines and top-lighting. Soane employed skylights, glazed lanterns, numerous lunettes and smaller bell-lights. Buildings surrounding the courtyards benefited from an easy lightsource with conventional windows and multiple storeys.

The two transfer halls to the south-east (upper left-hand side of drawing) are not yet rebuilt; Robert Taylor's transfer halls remained in the south-east wing until 1818. The drawing shows the old offices' small domed lanterns, as opposed to the central circular lanterns of Soane's banking halls. Robert Taylor's screen wall is also partly still intact, as shown to the left-hand side of the drawing.



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