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image SM (106) volume 73/1

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SM (106) volume 73/1


Working drawing for the new offices beside the existing offices, as built, 8 January 1803


106 Ground floor plan


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Bullion Court, Right angle, Court, Accountant / General's Office, Coffee Room, Cheque Office, Discount Office, Chancery Office, Store keepers Offices, Strong Room, Cheque / Office, Lobby, Accountants / Drawing Office, Court (twice), Privys, Governor's and Deputy Governor's Rooms, Princes Street


Soane office


Hayes & Wise 1799


The drawing is a design for joining the old offices with the new. Princes Street is on the right-hand side of the drawing, to the west. The offices in grey wash are the existing rooms built by Soane in 1793 behind the Princes Street screen wall, with the exception of the Chancery Office, passage and strong rooms built by Robert Taylor c. 1770. The rooms in red wash are the new offices, designed by Soane in 1797. The junction between the old and new are not shown as built; a passage continued south from the Chief Cashier's Office, past the Coffee Room to the entrance lobby of the Bank. In the built design (see drawing 107), the Chief Cashier's Office (the semicircular-ended room in red wash) extends further west, diminishing the 'Court'.



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