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SM (7) 9/3/20


Survey of the existing vacant grounds and buildings, December 1797 (copied in January 1803)


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Lothbury, Bartholomew Lane, Princes Street, Unbuilt Ground, Site of Library, Site of Mr Edwards / and Mr Waltons apts, Accountants Drawing Office, Accountants Office, Interior of / the Accountants / Office, Bullion Court, Staircase, Old Library / Court, Passage, New Accountants Office for 1 & 2 £ notes / and / the Inspector's Office, Interior of / Accountants / Office, New Accoutants Office / 1 & 2 £ notes and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • Bank Decr 1797 / Coppyd Jany 1803


Soane office




The library is shown as a 'Site', indicating that by December 1797 it had been dismantled. The administrative offices and rooms directly south of the library site (top and upper right-hand side of drawing) are still standing. These rooms were eventually demolished as the north-east wing was erected. The 'Accountants Office' and 'Staircase' were built as part of the original George Sampson Bank (1732); the 'Accountants Drawing Office', 'Old Library Court', and 'passage' were built by Robert Taylor c. 1770.

The wall on Lothbury Street and Bartholomew Lane is outlined on the bottom left-hand side of the drawing, and the partial outline of the Porter's Lodge and Residence Court is on the bottom of the page, suggesting that both of these were already built in Decembere 1797.



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